Smithsonian Events for the Week of August 17-22: Quilting, Conservation Clinics and Awesome Art

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Monday, August 17

Once again, nothing special going on today. Even the Smithsonian slows down a bit during those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer. But be sure to check out this space for a listing of regularly-scheduled goings-on around the Smithsonian that are sure to enrich your experience. From animal feedings to museum tours, there’s lots of free fun to be had!

Tuesday, August 18: Quilting Demonstration

Learn about quilt making techniques from the Annapolis Quilt Guild. I know—we're in the throes of 90 degree weather and the last thing you want to think about is bundling up—but hey, if you start on your quilt now, you may very well have one ready by the fall. Free. American History Museum, 11:00 AM-1:00 PM

Wednesday, August 19: The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington

A docent will take you on a tour of the photography exhibition, The Scurlock Studio and Black Washington. The show celebrates and document’s black Washington DC through almost a century’s worth of photographs. Free. American History Museum, 10:30 AM

Thursday, August 20: Ask Us: Conservation and Curatorial Clinics

Everyone has pieces in their homes that they hope to preserve for future generations—but making sure those prized possessions survive can sometimes be tricky. Come on over to the African Art Museum, which is providing conservation and curatorial clinics where you can ask Smithsonian experts about how to properly care for your collections. Free, but registration is required. Call 202-633-4640 to set up your appointment today. There is a limit of two objects per visit. African Art Museum, 1:00-4:00 PM

Friday, August 21: What’s New in the Grand Salon? A Few of The Ten Plus Some Others

Come out to the American Art Museum and listen to Robert Johnston of the museum's External Affairs Department discuss the painting on display in the Grand Salon—a smorgasbord of seventy paintings created between 1840 and 1930. Johnston's talk will highlight a few of the new pieces that have been recently installed in this space, highlighting themes and relationships among the works. Free. American Art Museum, 12:00 PM

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