Museum #4 and #4.5: A Quick Post on NPG and SAAM
This is a placeholder for a longer post coming tonight. The boy reminded me that we did indeed see the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum before he left for San Diego, in an attempt to settle the “one museum or two?” debate, since both share space in the same building.
The punchline: they’re two museums, with entirely different approaches to art. But art always comes out of its context, and NPG displays the context for SAAM, so they need each other to be fully accessible to visitors.