Exhibits and Programs at the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC
Now on View
America Collects 18th-Century French Painting
Through August 20, 2017
West Building, Main Floor
Presenting 68 of the finest examples of 18th-century French paintings found in American museums today, the exhibition tells the story of the collectors, curators, museum directors, and dealers responsible for bringing these works across the Atlantic and into American collections. Rococo and neoclassical masterpieces from all corners of the United States—from Pittsburgh to Indianapolis, Birmingham to Phoenix—are brought together for the first time.
In the Library: Companion Pieces
Through August 25, 2017
East Building Study Center
Contemporary art movements such as conceptual art, performance art, and minimalism emphasized ideas, experience, and process over the tangible artwork; related printed documents often provided the only evidence of a work’s existence. From the Library’s vertical files, this selection of documents of such ephemeral works often provided evidence of the existence of a work or acted as surrogates for the artwork itself.
In the Tower
Theaster Gates: The Minor Arts
Through September 4, 2017
East Building Tower 3
Over the past decade, Theaster Gates has proposed new ways to think through the relationship between art and life. Drawing on elements from the South Side of Chicago where he lives, Gates has created a new body of work from cast-off elements of modern life, including the floor of shuttered high school gym, the slate roof of a decommissioned church, and the archives of Ebony magazine.
Matthias Mansen: Configurations
Through December 13, 2017
West Concourse Gallery
Matthias Mansen (German, born 1958) creates large-scale woodcuts that explore abstraction and figuration. He advances the tradition of woodblock printing by transforming pieces of scavenged wood—discarded floorboards or fragments of abandoned furniture—into printing blocks, which he progressively carves and recarves. Working on numerous prints simultaneously, Mansen generously inks the salvaged woodblocks, often using the same one for multiple related compositions. His serial projects are best viewed as an ensemble, so that their grammar and rhythms become palpable.
SUMMER LECTURE SERIES
Behind the Scenes at the National Gallery of Art
Sundays through August 27, 2:00
East Building Auditorium
Each year millions of visitors come to the Gallery to see its outstanding permanent collection and special exhibitions. In roles not always visible to the viewing public, Gallery experts work diligently to preserve these timeless works of art and to enhance the visitor’s experience. This summer’s lecture series looks behind the scenes at some of the Gallery’s specialized and diverse departments.
Gaumont at 120: Twelve Unseen Treasures
August 5—September 2; see individual films for dates and times
East Building Auditorium
The renowned French production company Gaumont has been creating major and minor masterpieces for 120 years. This summer the Gallery pays homage to Gaumont on this momentous anniversary with screenings of 12 matchless treasures—from the great to the little known, from gangster-genre gems to auteurist literary legends.
Jazz in the Garden
Through August 25, 5:00–8:30
Be sure to enjoy the last month of this free concert series featuring jazz artists performing in a wide variety of styles—salsa, blues fusion, Brazilian, bebop, Latin, rhythm and blues, and more—every Friday evening through August 25 in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden.
Wyeth Foundation for American Art Symposium: Artists’ Panel: “The African American Art World in 20th-Century Washington, DC”
Enjoy a panel of eight distinguished artists as they discuss their careers as members of the Washington, DC, art community. Moderated by Ruth Fine, former senior curator, National Gallery of Art, this impressive panel was part of a two-day symposium held at the Gallery in March 2017.
Custom Prints from the Gallery Shops and Online
Add style to your home or office with custom print reproductions of your favorite Gallery artworks. Prints are made-to-order in the U.S. and customized to your choice of size, frame, and treatment. Hundreds of options are available online or in person at the West and East Building Shops.
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