Art and Monuments: Honoring Memory and Service

by  Smithsonian American Art Museum

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During this interactive program, representatives of the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Smithsonian American Art Museum contextualize the history of memorials, monuments, and art in their collections. Explore how the design of sculpture, architecture, war memorials, and 2-D artworks convey the themes of honor, service, and sacrifice through symbolism and allegory.

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90 minutes

Target Audience

Education: Adult LearnersPublic Library: Library Patrons

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Primary Disciplines

Art, Fine Arts, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)
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Booking Information

Offered Monday through Friday between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Request at least 4 weeks in advance. Subject to availability.

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Cancellations must be submitted 48 hours prior to the scheduled program.

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Smithsonian American Art Museum

Washington, DC
United States

The Smithsonian American Art Museum, the nation’s first collection of American art, is dedicated to collecting, understanding, and enjoying American art. The Museum celebrates the extraordinary creativity of artists whose works reflect the American experience and global connections.

Distance learning programs are generously supported by the American Battle Monuments Commission and the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation.

Rebecca Fulcher
(202) 633-8537

Program Details


This program is discussion-based and interactive, not a lecture. Participants are invited to answer questions and share observations throughout the program, as well as ask questions at the end. Presenters join via video call and share images via PowerPoint and video.


Through an exploration of artworks, memorials, and monuments, participants will be better able to:
--compare the inspiration for and meaning of an artwork or site over time
--recognize symbolism and allegory in design elements
--explore how the themes of honor, service, and sacrifice can be represented visually.