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Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art

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The Smithsonian American Art Museum established the Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art in 2004 to present new insights in American art from the perspectives of the finest artists, authors, critics, and scholars. This annual series is made possible by the generosity of Clarice Smith. Past speakers have included Peter Schjeldahl, William Christenberry, Roberta Smith, Wanda Corn, Maya Lin, James Rosenquist, William Wiley and Bill Viola.


The Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art are held in the museum's Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, located at 8th and G Streets, NW. All lectures begin at 7 p.m. Limited space; tickets required. Pick up free tickets beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the museum's G Street Lobby.


Upcoming 2014 Speakers:

September 17, Artist Eric Fischl
October 22, Critic Jerry Saltz
November 5, Scholar Kathleen Foster


Can't make it to the museum? The Clarice Smith Distinguished Lectures in American Art are all web cast live, so you can watch from afar. Visit this page a few minutes before each lecture begins and click on the speaker's name above so you don't miss a thing!


Watch Past Lectures!

2009 Speakers: Artist William Wiley, Critic Dave Hickey, Scholar Linda Nochlin
2008 Speakers: Artist Bill Viola, Scholar John Wilmerding, Critic Michael Kimmelman
2007 Speakers: Artist James Rosenquist, Scholar David Driskell, Critic Benjamin Forgey
2006 Speakers: Artist Maya Lin, Scholar David Park Curry, Critic Jed Perl
2005 Speakers: Artist William Christenberry, Scholar Wanda M. Corn, Critic Roberta Smith
2004 Speakers: Artist Pat Steir, Scholar Alexander Nemerov, Critic Peter Schjeldahl

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