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In conversation with SMASH art director Jacquelyn West

We chatted with Jacquelyn about the party’s theme, the artists who are taking over, and some of the surprises that the night holds.

1 week ago

Meet the artists taking over SMASH: We Are More

SMASH returns on June 21 with its most immersive experience yet.

1 week ago

Turtle House participants build connections through clay at the Gardiner

For the past few Monday nights, as the rest of the Museum begins to quiet down, a hum of activity builds in our Community Clay Studio as people trickle in and start working with clay—hand building, glazing, and painting away.

2 months ago
Still from Yoko Ono’s No. 4 (Bottoms)

Exploring Yoko Ono’s Film No. 4

In Yoko Ono’s Film No. 4 (1966-67), more commonly known as Bottoms, close-up shots of people’s behinds flash across the screen, following Ono’s simple script: “String bottoms together in place of signatures for petition for peace.”

2 months ago

From tulips to delftware: How Asian imports transformed Dutch life

Did you know that the tulip, the flower most commonly associated with the Dutch, isn’t native to the Netherlands?

2 months ago

Happy National Volunteer Week!

This week, we’re celebrating National Volunteer Week, which recognizes the contributions of volunteers across the country.

2 months ago
Teotihuacan. Photo: Rene Trohs via Wikimedia Commons

Art and identity in the ancient city of Teotihuacan

We talked to the exhibition curator Matthew Robb, also Chief Curator of the Fowler Museum at UCLA, for insight into this exemplary city and its inhabitants, architecture, and ceramics.

3 months ago

In the studio with Takahiro KONDO

We sat down with KONDO during his open studio time to learn more about the artist’s remarkable career, and to get some insight into his artistic practice.

3 months ago

Augustus the Strong: Porcelain Collector Extraordinaire

A major proponent of porcelain in the early 18th century, Saxon elector and Polish king Augustus the Strong amassed over 20,000 pieces of Chinese and Japanese porcelain in his lifetime.

3 months ago

Five groundbreaking women ceramic artists you need to know

In support of the National Museum of Women in the Arts’ third annual #5WomenArtists campaign, we’re highlighting five women ceramic artists in our collection whose groundbreaking works have changed the landscape of contemporary ceramics.

4 months ago