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American Art Museum

Posted by on February 21, 2012

Field Trip: American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery
Location: 8th and F Streets, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20004
Contact: 202-633-7970
Grades: K and up
Admission: Free

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About the Museum:

The Smithsonian American Art Museum captures the aspirations, character and imagination of the American people throughout three centuries. Its artworks reveal key aspects of America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. More than 7,000 artists are represented in the collection, including major masters, such as John Singleton Copley, Gilbert Stuart, Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Childe Hassam, Mary Cassatt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Edward Hopper, Jacob Lawrence, Helen Frankenthaler, Christo, David Hockney, Jenny Holzer, Lee Friedlander, Roy Lichtenstein, Nam June Paik, Martin Puryear, and Robert Rauschenberg.

The museum has the largest collection of New Deal art and the finest collections of contemporary craft, American impressionist paintings, and masterpieces from the Gilded Age. Other pioneering collections include photography, modern folk art, work by African American and Latino artists, images of western expansion, and realist art from the first half of the twentieth century. In recent years, the museum has focused on strengthening our contemporary art collection, and in particular media arts, through acquisitions and by commissioning new artworks.

Educational resources include free downloadable Teacher’s Guides and online interactives for students to use.

The museum’s craft and decorative arts program is housed at the Renwick Gallery, located by the White House.

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