AAPG News and Events
Hard-edged, bright color: The Washington Color School
With the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s upcoming exhibition, Gene Davis: Hot Beat, the American Art and Portrait Gallery (AA/PG) Library is hosting a complementary exhibition of ephemera showcasing a group known as the Washington Color Painters. Also known as the Washington Color School, they a group of artists working in Washington, D.C. during the 1950s and 1960s who began experimenting with pure color painting, consequently putting the capital city on the American art stage. The Washington Color School typically refers to six painters: Morris Louis, Kenneth Noland, Gene Davis, Thomas Downing, Howard Mehring, and Paul Reed. The AA/PG Library is featuring ephemera from the Art & Artist Files collection for these artists, and many more, including Alma Thomas, Anne Truitt, V.V. Rankine, Hilda Thorpe, Sam Gilliam and Leon Berkowitz.
October 2016 - February 2017
The exhibition is accompanied by a short series of blog posts:
Exhibition Produced by Angelique Roy, 2016 ARLIS/NA Wolfgang Frietag Internship Award recipient
May - September 2016
The Smithsonian American Art and Portrait Gallery (AA/PG) Library presents an exhibition of some of its recently acquired artists’ books in the Library’s Reading Room.
The artworks show a range of subjects, from the very personal, family stories, to the cult of celebrity. The examples range from mass-produced publications to unique, hand-made book works, created by artists including Sophie Arnold, John Baldessari, Emily Chaplain, Virginia Flynn and Joe Freedman, Jessie Nebraska Gifford and Esther K. Smith, Mar Goman, Karen Hanmer, Cheri Gaulke and Sue Maberry, Kerry McAleer-Keeler, Scott McCarney, Michael Peven, David Stairs, Josephine Stealey, Mungo Thomson, and Beata Wehr.
More information about the exhibition can be found at: FROM CHARLIE PARKER TO POTATO CHIP PORTRAITS: EXHIBITION OF RECENTLY ACQUIRED ARTISTS’ BOOKS
"The Cycle of Censorship" Dina Scheel, 2012
Save the Date for the upcoming exhibition:
February 1 – March 30
Reception February 1, 5-7 pm
750 9th Street NW, Suite 2100
Washington, D.C. 20001
In conjunction with the "Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016" book arts and cultural festival
Field of Vision
Landscape in the Artist’s Book
The Smithsonian Institution Libraries is proud to announce its newest display of artists’ books, titled “Field of Vision: Landscape in the Artist’s Book,” installed at the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery Library. The display of over 15 artist-made books incorporates examples from the collections of the Warren M. Robbins Library at the National Museum of African Art, the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery Library, as well as the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library. The books reflect ways in which artists have responded to the world around them, from places they have lived in, travelled to, or only imagined. Books by artists such as Vito Acconci, Susan Allix, Tacita Dean, Edgar Heap of Birds, Richard Long, and Edward Ruscha are featured. The books range from commercially printed volumes, to handmade examples and encompass a period from the late 1960s up through to the last decade. The show will be on view through February 2014.
Please join us October 25, 2013 for A Wikipedia Loves Libraries Editathon at the Smithsonian AA/PG Library, focusing on American Artists at the World's Columbian Exposition.