Back in January I was able to tag along with my wife on one of her business meetings for a trip to Washington, D.C.  It all seems like another world away at this time.  But knowing that some day we will once again walk the halls of museums, public institutions, and gather around to debate the merits of this artist and that movement, I wanted to share the pleasurable experience of visiting the Smithsonian American Art Museum on that trip.  The Museum which has absorb part of the now defunct Corcoran Art Gallery and merged with the National Portrait Gallery hosts an impressive collection of diverse art.

The selection of  works was electrifying, discovering so many artists I had not been familiar with and being able to browse through their Visible Storage section to glimpse many works typically never placed on view in the main galleries.

Basically this is a pitch to place this museum on your hit list if you ever find yourself on the East Coast and looking for a few hours to joyfully fill with wonder!

8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC 20004

Thomas Hart Benton, Achelous and Hercules, 1947, tempera and oil on canvas mounted on plywood,

In the Barber Shop, Ilya Bolotowsky , Oil on canvas, 1934


Visible Storage


Albert Bierstadt, Among the Sierra Nevada, California, 1868, oil on canvas


Leontyne Price, Bradley Phillips, oil on canvas, 1963

THE FIFTH YEAR, John R. Grabach, 1934, oil on wood

Employment of Negroes in Agriculture, Earle Richardson, oil on canvas, 1934

Salome, Henry Ossawa Tanner, oil on canvas, 1900



Woman Eating, Duane Hanson, 1971, polyester resin and fiberglass with oil and acrylic paints and found accessories.


Round Hill Road, John Henry Twachtman, oil on canvas, 1890-1900


Adoration of St. Joan of Arc, J. William Fosdick, fire etched wood relief, 1896


Valley Farms, Ross Dickinson, oil on canvas, 1934


First Lady Michele Obama, Amy Sherald, oil paint on linen, 2018


Fall in the Foothills, William Herbert Duton , oil on canvas, 1934