About the Collection

The Smithsonian American Art Museum’s collection, which includes artworks in all media—from painting and sculpture to film and media art, photographs, folk art, and contemporary craft—reveals key aspects of America’s rich artistic and cultural history from the colonial period to today. In recent years, the museum’s acquisition efforts have focused on strengthening its modern and contemporary collections, as well as acquiring major works by Latino artists.

“A Swan’s Wedding Day”, 2008 (2019.7.1), and “Smart Planet: Homage to Science”, 2009 (2019.7.2), were acquired by the Renwick Gallery in 2018, as part of a major gift by the Kohler Foundation. The pieces were selected for their correlation with the museum’s exclusive mission for the acquisition, promotion, and interpretation of the work of artists in the United States.

Mara and Roy Superior’s “Aqua Vitae”, 1990 (1996.39A-C) was acquired by the Renwick Gallery in 1996, as a gift of the James Renwick Alliance.

The Renwick Gallery is part of the Smithsonian American Art Musem, and is located in Washington, D.C.