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The human and mythological activities depicted on the painted surfaces of Greek vases provide a richly detailed visual narrative of life in the ancient civilization. Art historian Renee Gondek explores the uses, stories, and artistry of these vessels. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Monday, July 20, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. ET
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Great art is timeless. Paul Glenshaw examines the iconic painting Watson and the Shark by John Singleton Copley, 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)

Date of event
Wednesday, July 22, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
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In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on Samarkand.

Date of event
Thursday, July 23, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET

In the late 19th century, Paris was the only place to be for any self-respecting aspiring American artist. Art historian Bonita Billman highlights the city’s ascension as the center of the art world and how it transformed the young painters who in turn transformed American art. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, July 25, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.
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The golden period of the Serenissima Republic is reflected in the glorious art generated for its churches, confraternities, and palaces, including works by Bellini, Tintoretto, Tiepolo, and other masters. Art historian Elaine Ruffolo traces the history of this fabled city and the art and architecture created there. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, July 31, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:15 p.m. ET
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Great art is timeless. Paul Glenshaw examines the iconic painting The Gross Clinic by Thomas Eakins, 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)

Date of event
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
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In this 4-session course, come on a virtual tour of four of the most intriguing UNESCO World Heritage sites in Asia, including both well-known and lesser-known sites with Justin M. Jacobs, associate professor of history at American University. This session focuses on the Taj Mahal.

Date of event
Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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No medium better embodies the glory and mystery of both Byzantine culture and Early Christian iconography than mosaics. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, surveys the fascinating history of Ravenna that shaped the city’s most recognizable artistic marvels. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1/2 credit)

Date of event
Friday, August 7, 2020 - 6:30 p.m. ET
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When Michelangelo signed the contract with Pope Julius II in 1508 to paint the Sistine Chapel ceiling, little did he know the turmoil that awaited him. Rocky Ruggiero, a specialist in the Early Renaissance, examines the artistic importance of the ceiling and the human drama behind its creation, as well as the chapel’s history and its exquisite art produced before Michelangelo. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, August 8, 2020 - 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. ET
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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.

Date of event
Wednesday, August 19, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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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)

Date of event
Wednesday, September 2, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. ET
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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)

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

Date of event
Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 6:45 p.m. ET
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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)

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

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.

Date of event
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 5:00 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.

Date of event
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 - 6:30 p.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.

Date of event
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.

Date of event
Thursday, October 22, 2020 - 10:30 a.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.

Date of event
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.

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.

Date of event
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 Saturday, Oct. 24 admission and doesn't include any add-on evening options.

Date of event
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 Sunday, Oct. 25 admission and doesn't include any add-on evening options.

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

Like any language, art has its own vocabulary—one in which you discover more meaning and gratification as your fluency increases. Spend a day with art historian Lisa Passaglia Bauman expanding your understanding of how art communicates, how to analyze and interpret it, and how to see it in a cultural context. (World Art History Certificate elective, 1 credit)

Date of event
Saturday, October 31, 2020 - 9:30 a.m.

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)

Date of event
Monday, November 16 to December 7, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.