Alert: The National Gallery of Art closed its doors to the public beginning Saturday, March 14, 2020 and will remain closed until further notice. All public events are canceled through Monday, September 7, 2020.
During the temporary closure, visit the Gallery virtually through video tours of current exhibitions, in-depth looks at highlights of the collection, online learning opportunities, audio and video recordings of lectures by artists and curators, and more.
At Home Programs
In honor of International Drawing Day on May 16, we invite you embrace experimentation through sketching this week—no experience required. Looking for inspiration? The Gallery has some 36,000 drawings in our collection to get you started.
The Gallery has taken two of our most popular programs—the Drawing Salon for adults and Sketching Is Seeing—and distilled their methods into a virtual activity for sketchers of any age or experience. Follow Gallery educator Chris Rusinko through drawing prompts for mark-making, portraits, landscapes, and more.
AT-HOME FILM SCREENING
This program of seven artist shorts, organized in conjunction with True to Nature: Open-Air Painting in Europe, 1780–1870, addresses the natural world through the motion picture lens. In a special offer to our readers, the filmmakers are providing their films for free for a limited time—until May 23.
ON ART AND MOTHERHOOD
Mother’s Day inspired us to share this story, told by former Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor Richard J. Powell, of Archibald Motley’s deep love for his Grandma Emily, which inspired a stunning portrait. And Kimberly A. Jones, curator of 19th-century French paintings, reflected on Mary Cassatt’s feelings on Mother’s Day and motherhood—which the artist saw quite differently.
FOR EDUCATORS: LIVE WEBINAR SESSIONS
Educators from the Gallery’s first online course, Teaching Critical Thinking through Art, will host an interactive webinar using artful thinking strategies with Claude Monet’s The Japanese Footbridge (1899).
CONNECTING THROUGH CONVERSATION
Centered around Gallery masterpieces, our new conversation guides are designed to support those caring for people with memory loss as well as for multigenerational audiences—but they can be adapted for a variety of interests, experiences, and age groups. We hope that they inspire you to reach out, start a conversation, and connect with the people around you.
Explore the Gallery’s new conversation guides.
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Program and Exhibit information provided by the National Gallery of Art.