Exploring New Alma Thomas Show at Smithsonian American Art Museum

"Composing Color: Paintings by Alma Thomas" explores the life of this groundbreaking artist and educator. On view at the Smithsonian American Art Museum from September 15, 2023 – June 2, 2024, the exhibition highlights her distinct abstract style, which creates a dazzling interplay of pattern and vibrant color. SAAM holds the largest public collection of Thomas's works in the world and the exhibition features many of the pieces from her most prolific period. Melissa Ho, curator of 20th-century art at SAAM, discusses Thomas’s legacy, the artistic techniques she used to create a multisensory experience for the viewer, and the vital role she played in the Washington, DC arts community."

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