The National Gallery of Art is Open!
As of July 12, you no longer need passes to visit the National Gallery, and our daily hours are 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Bring the whole family to explore two exhibitions currently on view and grab coffee beverages from the newly redesigned Garden Café or our three other dining locations. Pick up a sketchbook from any information desk as part of our month long Sketching Is Seeing initiative. Beating the heat at home? Enjoy a variety of virtual programs, including our newest talks.
NOW ON VIEW
Christopher Wool’s Untitled (2017)
Now in the Sculpture Garden
Given to the National Gallery by artist Christopher Wool in honor of his parents, this major sculpture by Wool was installed in the Sculpture Garden on June 29. The work’s serpentine lines are inspired by tangles of old fencing and hay baling wire that he finds on his property in Marfa, Texas.
SKETCHING IS SEEING
Join Onsite or Online
Grab a pencil and join us this month. Throughout July, the National Gallery will distribute 15,000 sketchbooks to our visitors. Through six accompanying videos, local teaching artist Stephanie Morse will lead sketching exercises inspired by works in our American galleries in honor of Independence Day. Explore the videos in the galleries or at home, and share your works on social media with #ngasketch.
ART OF LOOKING
Lyonel Feininger, The Bicycle Race (1912)
Friday, July 16, 1:00 p.m.
The summer games continue with an interactive conversation about Lyonel Feininger’s The Bicycle Race. Join us to share your observations, build on your first impressions, and broaden your understanding of this work. No art history background required.
New Series of 30-Minute “Summer Breaks”
Every Monday live from 1:00 – 1:30 on Zoom
Our new series of short, relaxed talks features staff from across the National Gallery. Up first, research and programs librarian Anne Simmons shares a work of art that she donated to the National Gallery. Inviting curiosity and thoughtful questions, these talks are the perfect Monday pick-me-up.
My Mexican Bretzel
Streaming July 7-13
By chance one day, filmmaker Nuria Giménez unearthed 50 reels of old home-movie footage as she was poking around in her late grandfather’s effects. Not only were these remarkable reels a pleasant surprise, they were also carefully labeled and categorized and appeared to be in fine condition.
Streaming July 14-20
Centering the perspectives of young women, in Girls / Museum American artist Shelly Silver interviews students from local schools in Leipzig, Germany, about their reactions to figurative works of art on view from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts Leipzig (MdbK).
Bill Traylor: Chasing Ghosts
Streaming July 21-27
Artist Bill Traylor lived his entire life in Alabama at a time of tremendous change. Born into slavery, Traylor’s life spanned the Civil War, Reconstruction, Jim Crow segregation, and the Great Migration.
VIRTUAL SCHOOL TOURS NOW AVAILABLE
Customize an engaging and interactive experience for your class with our free virtual school tours. During a 30-, 45-, or 60-minute tour, students will explore and compare diverse works from our collection and have a chance to make art of their own. Requests for fall virtual tours (October 4 – December 4) will be accepted from August 2 – November 5, 2021.
GALLERY SHOPS ONLINE
The Gallery Shops are online. Discover a variety of art-inspired items to bring joy and creativity to your home—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.