With manuscripts and letters of the great Scottish poet Robert Burns (1759–1796), rare printed editions, and audio selections, this highly focused exhibition explores the origins of a song that began as an old Scots poem and air and evolved into a globally shared expression of friendship and longing.
David, Delacroix, and Revolutionary France: Drawings from the Louvre
September 23 through December 31, 2011
This exhibition features some of the greatest examples of works on paper of the period from Paris's famed Musée du Louvre, including eighty drawings by artists David, Prud'hon, Ingres, Géricault, Delacroix, and Corot.
Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories, Collected Thoughts, and Other Artists' Enumerations from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
June 3 through October 2, 2011
The exhibition celebrates this most common form of documentation by presenting an array of lists made by a broad range of artists, from Pablo Picasso and Alexander Calder to H. L. Mencken, Eero Saarinen, Elaine de Kooning, and Lee Krasner.
The Age of Elegance: The Joan Taub Ades Collection
May 13 through August 28, 2011
Over thirty old master drawings by French, Italian, and Northern artists of the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries are featured in this exhibition, with a particular concentration of works by eighteenth-century French draftsmen.