Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington DC | United States

About the Museum

One of the most sizeable collections of American art in the world, the Smithsonian American Art Museum tells the story of the country’s artistic heritage from the colonial period to the present day. Diversity is a key feature, as the collection tracks major fine art movements alongside wider shifts in visual culture, reaching from Gilded age treasures to video games; photography and folk art to Latino art and contemporary craft. Recently the museum has been dedicated to expanding its contemporary collection and commissioning new work, and now holds pieces by artists including Jenny Holzer, Sean Scully, Kerry James Marshall and Nam June Paik.

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