This accession consists of records that document exhibition planning and production, and curatorial publishing activities at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and the Renwick Gallery during the tenures of Deputy Directors Charles J. Robertson (1986-2001) and Rachel M. Allen (2002- ). Some of the materials date to when the museum was known as the National Museum of American Art. Exhibitions documented include Going West! Quilts and Community; Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke; An Impressionist Sensibility: The Halff Collection; Jean Shin: Common Threads; John Alexander: A Retrospective; Lino Tagliapietra in Retrospect: A Modern Renaissance in Glass; The Renwick Invitational: Five Women in Craft; The Renwick Invitational: Four Discoveries in Craft; From the Ground Up: Renwick Craft Invitational 2007; Staged Stories: Renwick Craft Invitational 2009; The Prints of Sean Scully; William H. Johnson's World on Paper; Joseph Cornell: Navigating the Imagination; Saul Steinberg: Illuminations; Over the Top: American Posters from World War I; Elihu Vedder's Drawings for the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam; Ornament as Art: Avant-Garde Jewelry from the Helen Williams Drutt Collection; Obata's Yosemite; The Art and Craft of Greene & Greene; Georgia O'Keeffe and Ansel Adams: Natural Affinities; Kindred Spirits: Asher B. Durand and the American Landscape; Color as Field: American Painting, 1950-1975; Passing Time: The Art of William Christenberry; American ABC: Childhood in 19th Century America; and Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist. Materials include correspondence, memoranda, checklists, contracts, schedules, reports, and other related material.
Smithsonian Institution Archives, Accession 12-070, Smithsonian American Art Museum. Office of the Deputy Director, Exhibition and Publication Records
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