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Art & Architecture

Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

From the 1790s until World War I, Western museums filled their shelves with art and antiquities from around the world that are now widely seen as stolen or plundered. Historian Justin M. Jacobs examines an exodus of cultural treasures from northwestern China that reveals a path shaped by factors more complex—and surprising—than coercion, corruption, and deceit.

Thursday, August 20, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. ET

Join a live virtual tour that examines works by Renoir, Cezanne, Matisse, and other painters in a way that you—and even visitors to the Barnes—have never experienced. High-definition Deep Zoom technology offers closeup looks at the canvases that reveal their surfaces and details in ways that bring the art and the artists to vivid life. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Monday, August 24, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover the power of reflective writing in an online workshop taught by the founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, Mary Hall Surface. Inspired by an evocative contemporary painting, explore metaphors—both visual and verbal—to help navigate your experience of the present moment. 

Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET

Great art is timeless. Paul Glenshaw examines the iconic painting Guernica by Pablo Picasso, exploring its historical context, delving into the era of its artist, the present he inhabited, and what shaped his vision and creations. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Friday, September 4 to 25, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Explore the legacy of painter Johannes Vermeer, a master of light and color whose paintings captured the beauty and meaning of everyday life, with art historian Aneta Georgievska-Shine. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Tuesday, September 8, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for a series that explores the essential elements of close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative writing through the lens of four paintings that span centuries and styles. This session explores character.

Sunday, September 13, 2020 - 4:00 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. ET

Bill Keene, a lecturer in urban studies and architecture, leads a virtual journey that explores the history and design of the 20th century’s most iconic house, as well as the man behind its creation. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, September 15, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for a series that explores the essential elements of close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative writing through the lens of four paintings that span centuries and styles. This session explores setting

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

Typically associated with domes, minarets, and rich decoration, mosques have achieved iconic status in popular conceptions of Islamic art and culture. Ünver Rüstem, assistant professor of Islamic art and architecture at Johns Hopkins University, explores the geographical and cultural diversity of the Islamic world through mosques that extend from Spain to India and from the 7th century into our own time. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, September 22, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for a series that explores the essential elements of close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative writing through the lens of four paintings that span centuries and styles. This session explores dialogue.

Saturday, September 26, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

In the early decades of the 20th century, Sears Roebuck & Co. sold more than 70,000 prefabricated Modern Homes kits, offering Americans of moderate means the chance to own an up-to-date house. Historian Dakota Springston draws on period and contemporary images to lead a virtual tour through several historic Northern Virginia neighborhoods that boast a wide range of these distinctive houses, followed by a Q&A with a Sears Homes expert.

Tuesday, September 29, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ET

Discover how visual art can inspire creative writing and how writing can offer a powerful way to experience art. Join Mary Hall Surface, founding instructor of the National Gallery of Art’s popular Writing Salon, for a series that explores the essential elements of close looking, word-sketching, and imaginative writing through the lens of four paintings that span centuries and styles. This session explores story.

Thursday, October 1, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

In the 1950s, the spotlight on New York City’s abstract expressionist movement nearly always fell on male painters. Art critic Judy Pomeranz takes an in-depth look at five gutsy but overlooked women whose work in the groundbreaking Ninth Street Art Exhibition of 1951 boldly claimed their places in the postwar avant garde. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Monday, October 5, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

Beyond its dazzling sunsets and whitewashed stucco, the Aegean island of Santorini boasts one of the best-preserved archaeological sites of the late Greek Bronze Age. Art historian Renee Gondek covers the history of this period and offers a detailed examination of the island and the colorful frescoes found in many of its ancient structures. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Tuesday, October 6 to 27, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET

Explore the art and architecture of the Middle Ages through four transformational moments in history. Art historian Judy Scott Feldman examines the art of the thousand-year period between classical antiquity and the Renaissance and its relationship to a diverse society infused with faith and spirituality. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)

Friday, October 9, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

For Picasso, Paul Cezanne was simply “the father of us all.” Art historian Joseph Cassar examines key works that reflect how this pioneer of modernism pointed to future developments in art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 5:00 p.m.

Attend the Smithsonian Craft Show's most exclusive and intimate event for the opportunity to mingle with our 2020 Visionary Artist Award recipient, Patti Warashina, and our show VIPs. This ticket includes access to the Visionary Artist Award Reception and Preview Night Benefit activities, including buffet, wine and cocktails, shopping, and more.

Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 6:30 p.m.

Attend the Smithsonian Craft Show's Preview Night Benefit for an exclusive evening of shopping without the crowds at the beautiful National Building Museum, featuring a sumptuous buffet with wine and cocktails.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your Smithsonian Craft Show ticket in advance. This one-day pass only applies to Thursday, Oct. 22 admission and doesn't include any add-on evening options.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your Smithsonian Craft Show ticket in advance. This one-day pass only applies to Thursday, Oct. 22 admission and includes add-on CRAFT+COCKTAILS evening option for after-hours entertainment.

EVENING TALK: Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Note: Ticket also includes other activities that occur from 10:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

In lively conversation with Stephanie Stebich, the Margaret and Terry Stent Director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum, 2020 Visionary Art Award recipient Patti Warashina reveals how her life experience and sense of humor inform her art. This Smithsonian Craft Show one-day pass includes Thursday, Oct. 22 daytime admission; "Wit and Wisdom in the Work of Patti Warashina" talk; and CRAFT+COCKTAILS for after-hours entertainment.

Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. ET

Explore the life and career of Edward Hopper, one of the great American realists of modern art, with art historian Bonita Billman. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Friday, October 23, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your Smithsonian Craft Show ticket in advance. This one-day pass only applies to Friday, Oct. 23 admission and doesn't include any add-on evening options.

Saturday, October 24, 2020 - 10:30 a.m.

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your Smithsonian Craft Show ticket in advance. This one-day pass only applies to Saturday, Oct. 24 admission and doesn't include any add-on evening options.

Sunday, October 25, 2020 - 11:00 a.m.

Save money and avoid the lines by ordering your Smithsonian Craft Show ticket in advance. This one-day pass only applies to Sunday, Oct. 25 admission and doesn't include any add-on evening options.

Monday, November 16 to December 7, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET

From its origins in the ancient civilization to the present, the complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable art. Art historian Robert DeCaroli highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. (World Art History Certificate core course, 1 credit)