The SAAM presents significant aspects of American visual culture.
The collection includes photography, modern folk and self-taught art, African American art, Latino art, video games, the largest collection of New Deal art, and exceptional collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings and masterpieces from the Gilded Age. In recent years, the museum has focused on strengthening its holdings of contemporary art, media arts in particular.
The Smithsonian American Art Museum shares its collections, programs, and exhibitions in two locations in Washington, DC. SAAM’s main building is located at the heart of a vibrant downtown cultural district, while its recently renovated branch museum for contemporary craft and decorative art, the Renwick Gallery, is located nine blocks west, near the White House. (See separate listing)
Please check the museum website for updated exhibition information. Scheduling may have been modified as a result of the temporary museum closure.
150+ objects form a dialog between Murano glass and paintings by American artists
Thirty-four fiber artworks piece together an alternative history of American art
A cross-section of East Baltimore in the 1970s, documenting the community’s history and diversity
Ideas about the American West by 48 modern and contemporary artists
50+ prints and drawings capture the architecture, people, & spirit of urban America
Vibrant, rhythmic artworks incorporate gestural abstraction and color field painting