Exhibits and Programs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC
Happy New Year!
Make the most of 2020 with dynamic exhibitions, ice skating, shopping, lectures, films, concerts, and more! The Gallery is closed on New Year’s Day and reopens on January 2.
Now on View
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.
Conservation Revealed: The French Sculpture Project
Wednesdays through Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–noon and 2:00–5:00 p.m.
West Building, Main Floor, East Sculpture Hall
As a 2019 Bank of America Art Conservation Project grant recipient, the Gallery is undergoing in situ conservation treatment of six 17th- and 18th-century French marble sculptures installed in the West Building’s East Sculpture Hall. For the first time, treatment will be conducted during public hours, allowing visitors to observe and learn about the work. Throughout the 15-month treatment, a live video feed next to the sculpture will provide a close-up view of conservation work. Talks from curators, educators, and conservators bring the work to life, including discussions with conservator Robert Price at 1:30 p.m. each workday.
Abbas Kiarostami: Early Films
January 4–18; see individual films for dates and times
West Building Lecture Hall
Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami is celebrated as one of the greatest moving-image artists of the last century. Despite strict censorship at the time, he managed to reveal a diversified and multifaceted Iranian society in his films. The Gallery is pleased to join the Freer Gallery of Art and the American Film Institute in presenting a complete retrospective of Kiarostami’s work. Most of the films in the Gallery’s program, largely produced before the 1979 Islamic Revolution, have now been restored.
Enduring Visions: Arts Spaces in Washington, DC, 1975–1996
January 11, 2:00 p.m.
Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library
Washington, DC, was home to many independent arts spaces in the 1970s and 1980s. Ray Barker, archivist with the DC Public Library, hosts a conversation with leaders from two of these spaces: Judith Benderson and Lucy Blankstein of the Washington Women’s Arts Center and Lynn McCary and Paula Schumann of Botswana. This program is in collaboration with the DC Public Library.
Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet
January 12, 3:30 p.m.
West Building, West Garden Court
Imani Winds and Catalyst Quartet perform Sergeant McCauley, a new work by Jessie Montgomery that was inspired by the Great Migration of African Americans as captured through her great-grandfather’s camera lens. The concert brings together African-American spirituals and work songs that would have been heard in his travels.
Photography and Nation Building in the Nineteenth Century
In this lecture held on October 6, 2019, in conjunction with The Eye of the Sun: Nineteenth-Century Photographs from the National Gallery of Art, Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at Harvard Art Museums, explores the function of slavery and enslaved people in visual narratives about the Civil War. This program was made possible by the James D. and Kathryn K. Steele Fund for Photography.
Custom National Gallery of Art Enamel Pins
Collect the new Gallery masterpiece series of enamel pins featuring works from your favorite artists—from Edgar Degas to Alexander Calder to Vincent van Gogh and more.
SCULPTURE GARDEN ICE RINK
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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