Great Washington Museums: Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum

Great Washington Museums Celebrate Great Women Artists is a NMWA-organized collaborative city-wide project highlighting works by women artists. During 2012, institutions throughout the Washington area are featuring an array of signature works by women artists that have enriched their distinguished collections. This landmark program, in conjunction with NMWA’s 25th anniversary celebration, continues NMWA’s dedication to celebrating women’s achievements in the visual, performing, and literary arts. This excerpt explores one of the Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum’s signature works by a woman artist, Samella Lewis’s Dance. Visit www.nmwa.org and download the pdf map to begin your journey!

Samella Lewis, Dance, 1964; Oil on canvas, 53 x 41 in.; Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Collections; Photograph Susana Raab/ACM

Samella Lewis, Dance, 1964; Oil on canvas, 53 x 41 in.; Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum Collections; Photograph Susana Raab/ACM

Samella Lewis (born 1924) is a renowned historian, critic, teacher, collector, and artist who has worked to define and popularize African-American art for more than six decades. Her extensive teaching and writing on the subject as well as her contributions to many museums and exhibitions have contributed substantively to the recognition and esteem of African-American art and artists. On view in the John Kinard memorial gallery, July 28–December 31, 2012.

Smithsonian Anacostia Community Museum; 1901 Fort Dr., SE; http://anacostia.si.edu