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Smithsonian American Art Museum: Art Charades!

In case any of you were wondering, this is what I do at my internship:

Clark Mills, John C. Calhoun, about 1844-1845

Clark Mills, John C. Calhoun, about 1844-1845

It’s Art Charades! The Smithsonian American Art Museum staff and interns took an afternoon to run around and pose like works of art in the collection. Some of us brought props, others just brought smiling (or grumpy!) faces. It was a blast and we got some great photos.

You can do it to! I’d encourage you to take a look at the entire image set on the museum’s flickr, and then come in and take some photos of your own. Photography is allowed in the permanent galleries and the Luce Foundation Center; feel free to ask a security guard if you’re unsure.

Here are a few more photos form art charades:

William Rimmer, The Falling Gladiator, 1861

William Rimmer, The Falling Gladiator, 1861

Paul Manship, Actaeon, 1925

Paul Manship, Actaeon (#1), 1925

John White Alexander, June, 1911

John White Alexander, June, 1911

Edward Mitchell Bannister, Newspaper Boy, 1869

Edward Mitchell Bannister, Newspaper Boy, 1869

So get out there and do some art charades! I know a lot of you are already art posing experts, so feel free to post photos in the comments! I’d love to see them.

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