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Ralph Fasanella’s large, colorful paintings reflect the struggles of a tumultuous era. They were not meant to be rarefied works of fine art, but rather a practical means of conveying messages about right and wrong, raising consciousness, and inspiring solidarity among his working-class peers. Independently, he developed an astute, accessible, and empowering style and became known for his iconic admonition: “Lest We Forget”—an impassioned plea to remember the sacrifices of our forebears.

View a selection of his works online at http://americanart.si.edu/exhibitions/online/fasanella/.
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Artworks from the American Art Museum that celebrate nature, in honor of Earth Day: http://www.pinterest.com/americanartpin/earth-day/ #EarthDay
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April Gornik's dramatic 1992 painting "Virga," now on view at the American Art Museum, takes its name from the phenomena of rain that falls but evaporates before reaching the ground.
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Tonight! Come hear artist April Gornik discuss her dramatic American landscapes including "Virga," recently added to the museum’s collection. Tuesday, April 1, 2014, 7-9pm. Free. Reception follows. http://s.si.edu/1jsJhPP

A webcast of Gornik's talk will be archived afterward at http://americanart.si.edu/multimedia/webcasts/.
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Don’t miss out, teachers! Deadline is 3/31 to apply for our Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art. http://s.si.edu/1dlFbDn
Education. Summer Institutes: Teaching the Humanities through Art. Photos of Teacher Institute activities. Institute participants editing podcasts about artwork in the Museum's permanent collection and exploring contemporary art on a docent-led tour.
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"…there are times I've been the first woman a bandleader has ever hired. And from time to time I still hear from audience members that they've never, or rarely, seen a woman play jazz saxophone." -Leigh Pilzer

Hear more from Pilzer and learn about the Washington Women in Jazz Festival Quintet, performing on the Take 5! stage this Thursday, March 20th from 5-8 p.m. in the Kogod Courtyard.
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Happy Pi Day! Enjoy a slice Wayne Thiebaud's "Neapolitan Meringue" http://s.si.edu/1npkpg7 #HappyPiDay
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Join Marc Fasanella, son of the artist, and Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art at the American Art Museum, as they shed light on Ralph Fasanella's life, family, and artistic career. Live webcast of their discussion on Friday, May 2, at 6:30 p.m. EST: http://s.si.edu/1n6weHe
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Abstraction and spirituality are intimately entwined in the delicate works of Mark Tobey. "Canticle," the title of this 1954 painting, refers to liturgical hymns from the bible. Tobey acknowledged that the abstract harmony of music was an important source of inspiration: "When I play the piano for several hours, everything is clarified in my visual imagination afterwards." The intricate pattern of delicate marks that animate the surface (critics called it "white writing") was inspired by the artist's study of Arabic and Japanese calligraphy.

Mark Tobey, "Canticle," 1954, casein on paper, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Gift of the Sara Roby Foundation. Now on view at American Art as part of "Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection": http://s.si.edu/RobyReal #RobyReal
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Artist & museum visitor Cory Oberndorfer could not help but notice our outsized tea bags & ceramic hot dogs.

Do you have a favorite piece in our collection? We'd love to hear about it!
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Good morning! The Smithsonian American Art Museum and the National Portrait Gallery will both be opening on time at 11:30 a.m. today, March 17. The National Air and Space Museum will also be open at 10 a.m.

Due to the snow storm, all the other Smithsonian museums and the National Zoo will be CLOSED.
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Bernard Perlin's 1952 painting "The Farewell" is one of the works on view in our current exhibition "Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection."  Explore the exhibition online: http://s.si.edu/1dK70bX #RobyReal
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Art museum & National Portrait Gallery housed in the third-oldest federal building in the capital.- Google
"This is a great art museum in a great building."
"Never imagined human creativity was this much."
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Bossi
7 months ago
Unlike many museums, which show only select items, the American Art Museum (located on the top floors) puts out pretty much all of their collection. It's more like you're walking through a very pretty warehouse than a curated collection, and I love it all the more for that reason. The collection isn't as grand as the National Gallery of Art (on the National Mall), but I love the quiet aesthetic. The restoration laboratories are also clad in glass walls, allowing patrons to see those activities as they happen. The building is open later than museums on the Mall, making for a great destination after the Mall hits its 5pm closing times.
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Branden Etheridge
8 months ago
Came here for the courtyard in the middle. There is a glass canopy designed by Norman Foster so I just had to see it! Otherwise the galleries themselves were very nice. It was a great place to escape the rain when we were there. Quiet and well laid out. You even get the bonus of the Portrait Gallery attached to it!
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Morgane Renoir
a year ago
The museum is amazing. It stays open later than most of the other museums on the mall. Has an amazing mix of traditional and contemporary. I love eating lunch in the courtyard. Usually quiet and peaceful! Sometimes hard to find in DC!
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Obi Onyeador
5 months ago
Always a wonderful museum to visit. Though it's popularity can mean sometimes mean dealing with a little crowd.
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Rochelle Coslow-Robinson
2 months ago
A great place to get kids interested by having them mimic the statues. From there it becomes self interpretation.
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Kenya Allmond
a year ago
I love to check out the exhibits here and at the National Portrait Gallery since they're in the one building. You get two museums in one space. I especially love the courtyard just for hanging out. It has natural light, beautiful architecture and free wifi. It's a really good place to work if you're a mobile professional. Or you can just people watch.
JC Kollmorgen
11 months ago
Shares a space with the National Portrait Gallery so you can go between both. This museum is well curated. It's a good size so you can finish viewing in a few hours. There is a nice resting space in the middle of the museum with trees and a fountain. Very calming.
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Rebecca Ehrenkranz
a year ago
This museum has a great collection. It's fun to meander through, stopping whenever a given painting catches the eye. The surroundings are spacious and the museum has a rarefied atmosphere