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JULY 23 - 30 

Smithsonian American Art Museum  

Community Outreach Events  

Tuesday, July 25

4:30 p.m. 

In-Person and Virtual Art Talk 

Wednesday, July 26

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

In-Person and Virtual Art Talk 

Saturday, July 29

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

In-Person Art Talk and Reception 

Sunday, July 30

4:00 p.m.

Virtual Art Talk

Howard University Art Collection Tour

Kenlontae Turner, Curator of Collections, Hampton University Museum  

Virginia Mecklenburg, Senior Curator, Smithsonian American Art Museum

Enjoy a tour of highlights from Hampton University’s art collection, with a special focus by Dr. Mecklenburg on the exciting loan to SAAM of two major works by the African American modernist painter Willliam H. Johnson for inclusion in the museum’s presentation of Fighters for Freedom: William H. Johnson Picturing Justice, opening in March 2024.


Oak Bluffs Public Library 

56r School Street in Oak Bluffs 

Valerie Cooper, Community Outreach Consultant, Smithsonian American Art Museum 

Meet at Galaxy Gallery 

99 Dukes County Avenue in Oak Bluffs

Composing Color: Paintings by Alma Thomas

Dr. Jane Carpenter-Rock, Deputy Director of Museum Content and Outreach, Smithsonian American Art Museum 


In this lively talk, Dr. Carpenter-Rock will preview this exhibition of colorful and exuberant abstract works by beloved African American artist Alma Thomas, opening in September at SAAM, home to the largest public collection of the artist’s work in the world. 


Mariposa Museum  

57 Circuit Ave in Oak Bluffs 

Fisk University Art Collection Tour

Jamaal Sheats, Director, Fisk University Museum 

Valerie Cooper, Community Outreach Consultant, Smithsonian American Art Museum

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is home to one of the largest and most significant collections of works by African American artists in the world. The artists represented in SAAM’s collection powerfully evoke themes both universal and specific to the African American experience, from the early Republic and the Civil War to present day questions of personal identity and racism. 

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Northeast Region

Soundview Plaza
1266 E. Main Street

Suite 700R
Stamford, CT 06902

Mid-Atlantic Region

Evening Star

1101 Pennsylvania Ave NW

Suite 300
Washington, DC 20004

Southeast Region

TWELVE Centennial Park

400 W Peachtree St. NW

Suite 3006

Atlanta, GA 30308

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