This accession consists of records which document the research, development, fundraising, publicity, production, and execution of exhibitions at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery. Staff represented include Virginia M. Mecklenburg, Senior Curator, Painting and Sculpture, SAAM; Kenneth R. Trapp, Curator-in-Charge, Renwick Gallery; Louise Reeves, Exhibitions Coordinator, SAAM; Charles J. Robertson, Deputy Director, SAAM; and Joann Moser, Senior Curator, Graphic Arts, SAAM.
Exhibitions covered include Modern American Realism: Selection from the Sara Roby Foundation Collection; Glass! Glorious Glass!; Woodcuts by Hiratsuka; Abbott Thayer: The Nature of Art; Shaker: Furnishings for the Simple Life; Dominic Di Mare: A Retrospective; David Beck: L'Opera; Silver and Gold: Photographs of the Gold Rush; The American Art Forum: Selected Gifts; American Impressionism: Treasures from the Smithsonian American Art Museum; Visual Poetry: The Drawings of Joseph Stella; The Paintings of Charles Burchfield; Ansel Adams, A Legacy: Masterworks from the Friends of Photography Collection; Colonial Art from Puerto Rico: Selections from the Gift of Teodoro Vidal; Nam June Paik's Megatron/Matrix; Time Out! Sports in Art; Gilded Age - Watercolors and Pastels; American Photographs: The First Century from the Isaacs Collection in the National Museum of American Art; Elihu Vedder's Drawings from the Rubaiyat; Memory and Metaphor: The Art of Romare Bearden 1940-1987; The Furniture of Sam Maloof; USA Clay; Star Spangled Presidents: Portraits by Liza Lou; Spirits of the Cloth: Contemporary Quilts by African American Artists; Amish Quilts from the Collection of Faith and Stephen Brown; The Art of John Cederquist: Reality of Illusion; Birthday Tribute to Jacob Kainen and Selections from the Washington Color School; Edward Hopper: The Watercolors; The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft; The Renwick Invitational: Four Discoveries in Craft; Homecoming: William H. Johnson and Afro-America, 1938-1946; Picturing Old New England: Image and Memory; and The West as America: Reinterpreting Images of the Frontier, 1820-1920.
These records also cover a period of time when this office was known as the National Museum of American Art, Curatorial Office; as well as the National Museum of American Art, Curatorial Department. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, reports, checklists, grant proposals, loan agreements, press kits, brochures, pamphlets, floor plans, and clippings. Some materials are in electronic format.