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Mann III., Crawford Alexander

Curator of Prints and Drawings

Alex Mann is responsible for research, exhibitions, and acquisitions related to SAAM's collection of prints, drawings, and watercolors dating from the 18th century to the present. His research interests include Italian American artistic exchange on the Grand Tour, artists of the American South, the impact of East Asian watercolor and printmaking traditions on American art, art and religion, and the evolving visual constructions of masculinity, femininity, and gender.


Geographic Focus

Background And Education

Education And Training

Awards And Honors

International Audience Summary Of Expertise

  • International artistic exchange is a key dimension of Mann's research, including travel, tourism, immigration, expatriate artist communities, cross-cultural and multi-lingual art societies, multi-national exhibition contexts (such as world's fairs), international circulation of art objects, histories of collecting, and the political, economic, and social structures of power that shape relations between nations, communities, and individuals.

Research And Grants


Selected Publications

  • Article

    • Mann, Crawford Alexander, III. 2017. "American Ballad Bowl." in Glass: masterworks from the Chrysler Museum of Art, edited by Wright, Diane C., 150-153. Chrysler Museum of Art. 2017
  • Book

    • Mann, Crawford Alexander,III, Barr, Sheldon, Deusner, Melody Barnett, Greenwold, Diana, and Heydt, Stephanie Mayer. 2021. Sargent, Whistler, and Venetian Glass: American Artists and the Magic of Murano. Princeton, New Jersey: Princeton University Press. 2021
    • Mann, Crawford Alexander. 2012. Pilgrims of Beauty: Art and Inspiration in 19th Century Italy. Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design. 2012
  • Chapter

    • Mann, Crawford Alexander, III. 2017. "Adeline's Portal." in Glass: masterworks from the Chrysler Museum of Art, edited by Wright, Diane C., 200-203. Chrysler Museum of Art. 2017
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Responsible Collections Areas

  • American Prints and Drawings, all periods (colonial to contemporary)

Has Knowledge Of




Mailing Address

  • Smithsonian American Art Museum
    MRC 970 PO Box 37012
    Washington, DC 20013-7012