Exhibits and Programs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC
Now on View
The Eye of the Sun: Nineteenth-Century Photographs from
the National Gallery of Art
Through December 1, 2019
West Building, Ground Floor, Inner Tier
On the 180th anniversary of photography’s introduction to the world in 1839, an exhibition of some 140 photographs offers an in-depth look at the development of the medium throughout its first 50 years. The Eye of the Sun draws from the Gallery’s rich holdings of 19th-century photographs and features many works which have not been on view previously.
By the Light of the Silvery Moon: A Century of Lunar Photographs
Through January 5, 2020
West Building, Ground Floor
The year 2019 marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing on July 20, 1969. This exhibition presents some 70 works, from the 19th century to the “space-age” 1960s, which merge art with science and transform the way that we envision and comprehend the cosmos.
Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence
Through January 12, 2020
West Building, Main Floor
The first monographic exhibition on Andrea del Verrocchio examines the wealth and breadth of his artistry by bringing together 50 masterpieces in sculpture, painting, drawing, and precious metals, with proposals for several new attributions. Technical research explores Verrocchio’s materials and techniques, offering revelations about his artistic choices. A film accompanies the exhibition.
The Touch of Color: Pastels at the National Gallery of Art
Through January 26, 2020
West Building, Ground Floor, East Outer Tier
Some 70 exquisite examples drawn from the Gallery’s permanent collection trace the history of pastel from the Renaissance to the 21st century and examine the many techniques that artists have developed to work with this colorful and versatile medium. On September 29, exhibition co-curators Kimberly Schenck and Stacey Sell present an introductory lecture.
Alonso Berruguete: First Sculptor of Renaissance Spain
Through February 17, 2020
West Building, Main Floor
Don’t miss the first major exhibition held outside Spain to celebrate this revolutionary painter, sculptor, and draftsman most famous for his painted figures that decorate enormous altarpieces. On October 13, C. D. Dickerson III, curator and head of sculpture and decorative arts at the Gallery, gives an introduction to the exhibition and signs the exhibition catalog.
Wyeth Lecture in American Art
Art Is an Excuse: Conceptual Strategies, 1968–1983
November 6, 4:30 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall
Kellie Jones, professor of art history and archaeology, and faculty fellow at the Institute for Research in African American Studies, Columbia University, explores international conceptual art networks and the making of global community in the late 20th century, focusing on performance art in locales from Mexico City to London to Los Angeles.
NGA Nights: Throwback
November 14, 6:00–9:00 p.m.
Travel to the 1990s with a free evening inspired by the decade that gave us the World Wide Web, TLC, and slap bracelets. Highlights include heart-pounding performances from Step Afrika! and the chance to make friendship bracelets and rad buttons with 90s slang. Learn from Gallery staff during pop-up talks and test your 90s art knowledge at our trivia wheel.
Breaking the Frame
November 16, 2:00 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall
Marielle Nitoslawska introduces Breaking the Frame, a daring profile of the radical New York artist Carolee Schneemann (1939–2019), a pioneer of performance art and avant-garde cinema who challenged taboos leveled against the female body and the woman as artist. Screening and discussion are followed by a set of short films by Schneemann, including Plumb Line (1968–1971) and Precarious (2009), among others.
Cherokee Chamber Singers
November 24, 3:30 p.m.
West Building, West Garden Court
Through William Brittelle’s Si Otsedoha, the Cherokee Chamber Singers, with members of the Winston-Salem Symphony, reflect the thoughts and feelings of students from the Cherokee Central Schools about what it means to be Cherokee in the past, present, and future.
Ken Burns and the American Story
Enjoy this dynamic conversation held on April 28, 2019, between filmmaker Ken Burns and David M. Rubenstein about Burns’s 40 years investigating American history and culture. This program was coordinated with the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies (FAPE).
Celebrate the Season
The Gallery’s selection of curated holiday cards, Advent calendars, art-inspired Christmas ornaments, and festive home décor is a perfect way to spread holiday cheer. Kick start your season with us on Museum Store Sunday, the Sunday after Thanksgiving. On December 1, visit the Gallery Shops in person or online for a special shopping experience that benefits the Gallery’s mission. Enjoy curated pop-up shops from international vendors and storytime reading in the Children’s Shop, among other experiences.
Sculpture Garden Ice Rink Returns November 15, 2019
Monday–Thursday, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.
Join us for a skate in the heart of the National Mall and surrounded by monumental modern sculptures. In addition to extended Sculpture Garden hours during the season, visitors can enjoy $5 food and beverage specials during the week and Pavilion Café favorites until 9:00 p.m. on the weekends. Skating lessons or season passes make for a perfect holiday gift.
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Program and Exhibit information provided by the National Gallery of Art.