Available indefinitely, the Smithsonian American Art Museum's online exhibitions complement and extend our gallery and traveling shows. To see what exhibitions are presently on view or on tour, take a look at our Current, Upcoming, and Traveling exhibition schedule.
- Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty is the first retrospective of Penn's work in nearly twenty years, celebrates his legacy as a modern master and reveals the full expressive range of his work.
- Watch This! Revelations in Media Art: is an introduction to media art and to the material and conceptual exchange with technology that is shaping artistic practice. Drawn from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
- The Artistic Journey of Yasuo Kuniyoshi is the first comprehensive overview of his work by a U.S. museum in more than 65 years. The exhibition traces Kuniyoshiâ€™s career though his finest paintings and drawings, chosen from leading public and private collections in America and Japan.
- Mingering Mike's Supersonic Greatest Hits: The Mingering Mike Collection is comprised of well over 100 pieces of musical ephemera made between 1968 and 1976 by a self-taught Washington, D.C. artist who has consistently chosen to conceal his true identity.
- The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art/em> presents artworks, which focus on the steady rise in environmental consciousness with our natural world and a resurgence of interest in the winged wonders that surround us daily.
- Richard Estes' Realism explores Estes' accomplishments over a fifty-year career as one of America's premier realist artists.
- Untitled: The Art of James Castle explores the work of one of the most enigmatic artists of the twentieth century. It features a representative selection of Castle’s immense oeuvre, including drawings, handmade books, texts, and constructions.
- Ralph Fasanella: Lest We Forget celebrates the 100th anniversary of the artist's birth and brings together key works from a career spanning fifty-two years.
- Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection includes over seventy paintings and sculpture from the 1910s to the 1980s that encompass the range of what can broadly be called modern realism, from socio-political to psychological, from satirical to surrealist.
- Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art presents more than ninety works of art across all media by significant Latino artists active since the mid-twentieth century and gives voice to their broader American experience. (bilingual website)
- Infinite Place: The Ceramic Art of Wayne Higby is the first major retrospective exhibition to provide an in-depth critical analysis of the artist's body of work created during a forty-year period.
- A Measure of the Earth: The Cole-Ware Collection of American Baskets showcases 105 baskets on display made between 1983 and 2011 and demonstrate the endurance of indigenous, African, and European basket weaving traditions in the United States.
- Landscapes In Passing: Photographs by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick, and Elaine Mayes features three series made between 1971 and 1980—Diesels and Dinosaurs (Fitch), Sequential Views (Flick), and Autolandscapes (Mayes)— that depict the American landscape as seen from the road.
- A Democracy of Images: Photographs from the Smithsonian American Art Museum celebrates the numerous ways in which photography, from early daguerreotypes to contemporary digital works, has captured the American experience.
- Thomas Day: Master Craftsman and Free Man of Color fully examines the extraordinary career of Thomas Day (1801-about 1861), a free African American who owned and operated one of North Carolina's most successful cabinet shops prior to the Civil War.
- Nam June Paik: Global Visionary offers an unprecedented view into the artist's creative method by featuring key artworks that convey Paik's extraordinary accomplishments as a major international artist as well as material drawn from the Nam June Paik Archive, which was acquired by the Smithsonian American Art Museum from the artist's estate in 2009.
- The Civil War and American Art examines how America's artists represented the impact of the Civil War and its aftermath. Winslow Homer, Eastman Johnson, Frederic Church, and Sanford Gifford–four of America's finest artists of the era–anchor the exhibition.
- 40 under 40: Craft Futures features forty artists born since 1972, the year the Smithsonian American Art Museum's contemporary craft and decorative arts program was established at its branch museum, the Renwick Gallery.
- Abstract Drawings presents a selection of forty-six works on paper from the Smithsonian American Art Museum's permanent collection that are rarely on public display.
- African American Art: Harlem Renaissance, Civil Rights Era, and Beyond presents a selection of paintings, sculpture, prints, and photographs by forty-three black artists who explored the African American experience from the Harlem Renaissance through the Civil Rights era and the decades beyond, which saw tremendous social and political changes.
- Multiplicity features 83 works from the museum's permanent collection by such outstanding contemporary artists as John Baldessari, John Cage, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, R. Luke DuBois, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Julie Mehretu, Martin Puryear, Susan Rothenberg, Kiki Smith, and Kara Walker.
- Inventing a Better Mousetrap features thirty-two models illustrating the wide variety of nineteenth-century patented inventions submitted by inventors from across the United States.
- Something of Splendor: Decorative Arts from the White House. This exhibition allows visitors to explore the history of the decorative arts in the nation's foremost home. It includes 95 objects - furniture, ceramics, metals, glass and textiles - from the permanent collection of the White House.
- The Great American Hall of Wonders examines the nineteenth-century American belief that the people of the United States shared a special genius for innovation.
- History in the Making: Renwick Craft Invitational 2011 presents the work of silversmith Ubaldo Vitali, ceramic artist Cliff Lee, glass artist Judith Schaechter, and furnituremaker Matthias Pliessnig.
- To Make a World: George Ault and 1940s America captures a 1940s America that was rendered fragile by the Great Depression and made anxious by a global conflict.
- Alexis Rockman: A Fable for Tomorrow is the first major survey of the artist's work and features 47 paintings and works on paper from private and public collections.
- A Revolution in Wood: The Bresler Collection celebrates the magnificent gift of sixty-six pieces of turned and carved wood to the Smithsonian American Art Museum by the noted collectors, Fleur and Charles Bresler.
- Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg is the first major exhibition to explore in-depth the connections between Norman Rockwell's iconic images of American life and the movies.
Graphic Masters: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, is American Art's third exhibition of works on paper by American artists from the collection of the museum.
Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009 is the fourth in a biennial exhibition series, established in 2000, that honors the creativity and talent of craft artists working today.
Through video, photography and blog posts, explore the complex processes of installation artist Jean Shin as part of the American Art Museum's 2009 Exhibition Jean Shin: Common Threads
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, celebrates the extraordinary variety and accomplishment of American artists' works on paper drawn exclusively from the collection of the Smithsonian American Art Museum.
A series of features exploring artworks commissioned by the FDR's Public Works of Art Program through 1934: A New Deal for Artists.
Artful Abe: Celebrating the life and visual legacy of Abraham Lincoln through art and artists inspired by the nation's 16th president!
- Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Italian Glass
Anatomy of a Painting: Honoré Sharrer's Tribute to the American Working People (via The Smithsonian Archives of American Art)
The workshop of Joseph Cornell's Wonderland from the exhibition Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination
Behind the scenes of the Renovation of the Smithsonian American Art Museum's National Historic Landmark building
The conservation of William H. Johnson's Portrait of a Man
Treasures to Go series
Young America: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Lure of the West: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
The Gilded Age: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Modernism and Abstraction: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Scenes of American Life: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Arte Latino: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
Contemporary Folk Art: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum