May 18 - RiverArts Salon: Artists & Social Change: An Online Tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

RiverArts Salons

A RiverArts Salon is a (virtual) place to learn something new, share ideas, explore interesting topics, see and be seen, and have fun.

Tuesdays at 5pm on Zoom

This 90-minute salon will be longer than our usual session!

Register below to get the Zoom link provided by the Smithsonian, which is unique to this week (& different from our usual weekly Zoom).

Tuesday, May 18: Artists & Social Change: An Online Tour of the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Join Bob Ferguson, a docent with the Smithsonian American Art Museum, for an online tour with the theme of Artists and Social Change. Look at their collection online & bring your questions for this interactive and engaging experience. Bob wants participants to feel that they're in a conversation, not a lecture. 

During the tour, we look at how American artists have responded to moments of significant social change across the history of our country. The general topics & artists include:

  • The Indian Removal Act of 1830 (George Catlin)
  • The Civil War and its aftermath (Winslow Homer)
  • Slavery and Jim Crow (Bill Traylor)
  • The Harlem Rennaisance (William H. Johnson)
  • The portrayal of women (Duane Hanson and Mickalene Thomas)
  • Native American Identity (Jaune Quick-To-See Smith)
  • Impact of the 2008 recession (Kathryn Clark)
  • Hispanic immigrants and a divided nation (Poli Marichal and Miguel Luciano)


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Announcing a Salon Field Trip: Bring a chair and gather around Chestertown's newest mural, El Trompo, for a conversation with the folks who made it happen. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

And, come see Dog Days, a new exhibition in the RiverArts Gallery, on show from August 6 - 29. Click here for more information.