On Monday, July 20, select Ground Floor galleries in the West Building reopened to visitors. Please visit nga.gov/reopening for updated policies, health and safety guidelines, and tips for planning your visit.
WHAT TO EXPECT
- Free, Timed Passes *Now Available*: Timed passes, which are required for West Building entry, will be released each Monday at 10:00 a.m. for the following week. Reserve them here.
- Face Coverings: All visitors ages 2 and up must wear face coverings.
- Social Distancing: Practice social distancing during your visit by staying at least 6 feet from anyone not in your household group. Groups should remain together. Children must stay with adults at all times.
- Credit Cards Only: Credit or debit cards are required to purchase food, beverages, or retail items. Cash will not be accepted.
- Enhanced Cleaning Measures in Place: The Gallery is conducting enhanced cleanings of high-touch areas. Hand sanitizer is available throughout the campus.
- Stay Home If You Are Sick or Have a Fever: Please reschedule your visit for another day.
The Sculpture Garden is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The East Building remains temporarily closed.
Please visit nga.gov/reopening for more details and to plan your visit.
And whether or not you’re able to visit in person, stay engaged at home with the virtual events below!
At Home Programs
TRIBUTE TO DAVID C. DRISKELL
John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art
This year’s symposium honors David C. Driskell (1931–2020), one of the world’s leading authorities on African American art, who passed away on April 1. The tribute will recognize Driskell as a distinguished university professor emeritus of art and as an artist, art historian, collector, curator, and philanthropist.
For more information, see below or visit our website.
Virtual Writing Salons
Immerse yourself in David C. Driskell’s work during this special writing salon. Participants will explore two of his vibrant prints and use poetry to share their impressions.
Registration required, three time slots available:
September 14, 5:00 p.m.
September 16, 6:00 p.m.
September 17, 10:00 a.m.
New Insights into David C. Driskell’s Legacy
Four new videos from noted scholars, artists, and those close with Driskell consider aspects of his career that have not been widely discussed or publicized:
- The keynote address from Julie L. McGee
- Presentations from Alvia J. Wardlaw and Valerie Cassel Oliver, coming soon
- A special behind-the-scenes studio visit with Curlee Raven Holton, who was Driskell’s master printer for decades
Performance Premiere from Jefferson Pinder
In honor of the Wilmerding Symposium, Jefferson Pinder will preview Work in Progress, a new performance art piece about bodies in motion in this time of social distancing and protest. Pinder works with a team of performers to claim space and capture the essence of power struggles.
Join Us: Live Artist Conversation
During this special live webinar:
- Kaywin Feldman, director of the National Gallery of Art, and Lonnie G. Bunch III, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, will provide introductory remarks.
- An artist panel will feature Lyle Ashton Harris, Curlee Raven Holton, Keith Morrison, Mary Lovelace O’Neal, Jefferson Pinder, Frank Stewart, and Carrie Mae Weems—moderated by Sarah Workneh.
- Scholars Valerie Cassel Oliver, Julie L. McGee, and Alvia J. Wardlaw, who prerecorded symposium tributes, will join for the Q&A.
VIRTUAL FILM SERIES
The Cancer Journals Revisited
Audre Lorde’s 1980 Cancer Journals shifted the cultural conversation around cancer. At the invitation of filmmaker Lana Lin, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010, 27 writers, artists, activists, health care advocates, and current and former patients recite Lorde’s manifesto aloud on camera. The film is both a critical commentary and a poetic reflection on the precarious conditions of survival in the intimate and politicized public sphere of illness.
JOIN US: THE ART OF LOOKING
In this interactive, 60-minute session, we will build on our first impressions of María Berrío’s 2019 work, A Sunburst Restrained. By sharing observations, interpretations, questions, and ideas, we will broaden our understanding.
September 18, 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
ON TRANSCENDENCE AND BELONGING
Anjuli Lebowitz, exhibition research associate in the department of photographs, finds connection and healing through Ming Smith’s 1980 photograph A Shopper at the Fair, Columbus, Ohio.
GALLERY SHOPS: NOW IN PERSON AND ONLINE
The Gallery Shops are open—on the Concourse and online. Discover a variety of art-inspired items to bring joy and creativity to your summer—from children’s activities to puzzles, picnic blankets to fine jewelry.
For more information on this museum, visit our National Gallery of Art page.
Program and Exhibit information provided by the National Gallery of Art.