Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art

April 22, 2016 – August 21, 2016

Newspaper comic clippings, 199-?. Ray Yoshida papers, 1903-2010, bulk 1950-2005. Archives of American Art

Archives of American Art Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery Floor Plan

In this exhibition, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art reveals how artists find inspiration. The Archives’ collections hold a kaleidoscopic array of source materials; many of these materials are somewhat ordinary: comic- strip panels, newspaper clippings, and snapshots of mundane scenes. Yet the ways in which artists draw on them provides a glimpse into the twists and turns of their creative practices