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Modern and Contemporary Art

Modern and Contemporary Art

– Permanent

American Art Museum
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

Location: 3rd Floor, East, Lincoln Gallery

On view in the Lincoln Gallery are contemporary artworks from the museum's permanent collection. New acquisitions are often featured.

Highlights include:

  • Room-size acquisitions, including Edward and Nancy Kienholz's; Sollie 17; Nam June Paik's Electronic Superhighway: Continental U.S., Alaska, Hawaii; and David Hockney's Snails Space with Vari-Lites, "Painting as Performance"
  • Large-scale works by Alfred Jensen, Sean Scully, and James Rosenquist
  • Duane Hanson's Woman Eating
  • For SAAM (2007) by Jenny Holzer: Commissioned by the museum, this contemporary site-specific light sculpture is a 28-foot-tall, floor-to-ceiling cylindrical column of LEDs (light-emitting diodes) with text—varying in height, font, and intensity—that is programmed to swirl and travel around the body of the piece. The text is from four of the artist's series—Truisms, selections from Living, selections from Survival, and Arno (added November 3, 2007)

Related book: America's Art: Smithsonian American Art Museum