Virtually explore the Smithsonian American Art Museum with Smarthistory as your guide
videos + essays
Lomas Garza’s Tamalada—a tamale-making gathering—offers a window onto this delicious, culturally significant food in the Tejano community.
Striking dramatic poses, the artists of Asco project cinematic fantasy and evoke mystery in À La Mode.
Montoya’s silkscreen is obvious in its address to viewers: register and vote.
In El gran muro, densely-piled woven strips of red, yellow, gray, and blue are meant to evoke cascading leaves.
Take a trip across the U.S.A. with Nam June Paik's "Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii, 1995."
The painting that inspired a National Park
Superman makes an appearance in what looks (at first sight) like a Japanese print.
Cats, gossip, and laundry — a view of Los Angeles during the Great Depression.
Thinking about our history in a different way helps us rethink our present.
Daniel Boone, Moses, and the western frontier: creating an American mythology
The “father of video art” argued that electronic communication, not transportation, unites the modern world.
Refusing to be known only for African-American genre pictures, Tanner was devoted to lush religious scenes.