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Image: George de Forest Brush, An Aztec Sculptor, 1887, Gift (Partial and Promised) of the Ann and Tom Barwick Family Collection, 2005.107.1Image: One of a pair of pendants showing the Dragon Master, Tillya Tepe, Tomb II, Second quarter of the 1st century AD, National Museum of Afghanistan, Photo © Thierry Ollivier/Musée GuimetImage: Martin Puryear, Lever No. 3, 1989, Gift of the Collectors Committee, 1989.71.1Image: Jean Poyet, The Coronation of Solomon by the Spring of Gihon, c. 1500, Patrons' Permanent Fund, 2006.111.3

Lecture-related events are free and open to the public. Seating is available on a first-come, first-seated basis. Registration is not required.

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"PASSAGE 7: John Cage"—incidents, texts, conversations, and music
September 9 at 2:00PM

Jenny Lin, pianist, and Roger Reynolds, University Professor, University of California, San Diego
This program is held in collaboration with the John Cage Centennial Festival, Washington.

Gérôme: Celebrated, Vilified, Reconsidered
September 16 at 2:00PM

Mary Morton, curator and head, department of French paintings, National Gallery of Art

Introduction to the Exhibition—"Shock of the News"
September 23 at 2:00PM

Judith Brodie, curator and head, department of modern prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art
Book signing of Shock of the News follows.

The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years
September 30 at 2:00PM

Ksenya Gurshtein, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery of Art, and Sarah Kennel, associate curator, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

Roy Lichtenstein: Reading between the Dots
October 14 at 2:00PM

Harry Cooper, curator and head, department of modern and contemporary art, National Gallery of Art
Book signing of Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective follows.

Imperial Augsburg: A Flourishing Market for Innovative Prints
October 21 at 2:00PM

Gregory Jecmen, associate curator, department of old master prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art
Book signing of Imperial Augsburg: Renaissance Prints and Drawings, 1475–1540 follows.

Triumphs in Craftsmanship: Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830
October 28 at 2:00PM

Wendy Cooper, Lois D. and Henry S. McNeil Senior Curator of Furniture, Winterthur Museum

Works in Progress

This lunchtime series highlights new research by Gallery staff, interns, fellows, and special guests. The 30-minute talks are followed by question-and-answer periods.

"Mme Lesbos was run over by a tourist omnibus drawn by six horses. It happened in Versailles": Artists and the Modern Newspaper
September 10 at 12:10PM, 1:10PM

Judith Brodie, curator and head, department of modern prints and drawings, National Gallery of Art

"Eyear": The OHO Collective's Work across Media
September 24 at 12:10PM, 1:10PM

Ksenya Gurshtein, Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow, National Gallery of Art

Art and Espionage: Michael Straight's Giorgione
October 1 at 12:10PM, 1:10PM

David Alan Brown, curator of Italian and Spanish paintings, National Gallery of Art

"Lest We Be Shamed": Italian Renaissance Taste for Textile Ensembles
October 15 at 12:10PM, 1:10PM

Rosamond Mack, independent scholar

The Legacy of Farm Security Administration Imagery in Postwar Italian Photography
October 29 at 12:10PM, 1:10PM

Lindsay Harris, exhibition research assistant, department of photographs, National Gallery of Art

Public Symposium
George Bellows
October 5 from 12:00PM to 5:00PM

October 6 from 1:00PM to 5:00PM

Illustrated lectures by noted scholars, including David Curry, Adam Greenhalgh, David Lubin, Carol Troyen, David C. Ward, Mark White, Sean Wilentz, and Rebecca Zurier

This program is held in collaboration with the Columbus Museum of Art.

View the symposium schedule (PDF 450k) (Download Acrobat Reader).

Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series

The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series provides a forum for distinguished artists to discuss the genesis and evolution of their work in their own words. Dr. Barbaralee Diamonstein–Spielvogel and the Honorable Carl Spielvogel generously endowed this series in 1997 to make such conversations available to the public.

Inside Out
October 28 at 12:00PM

Joel Shapiro, artist

Joel Shapiro will present a lecture on his nearly 50-year career as part of the Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series at the National Gallery of Art. Shapiro has become one of the most widely exhibited American sculptors. His work, from early minimal objects to increasingly expansive and complex forms, has always dealt with such central issues of the sculptural tradition as size and scale, balance and imbalance, figuration and abstraction. He believes that all sculpture is a projection of thought into the world, and he strives to create intimacy and vitality in all his projects.

Born in 1941 in New York City, Shapiro received BA and MA degrees from New York University. Since his first exhibition in 1970, his work has been the subject of many solo exhibitions and retrospectives, and can now be found in numerous public collections in the United States and abroad. Prominent commissions include the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, DC, and the Consulate General of the United States in Guangzhou, China, for the Foundation for Art and Preservation in Embassies. Among other distinctions, Shapiro was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Letters in 1998 and the French Ministry of Culture awarded him the medal of Chevalier dans l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in 2005. He lives and works in New York City. The Gallery owns 16 works by the artist, including drawings, prints, and sculptures.

Notable Lectures Podcasts

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