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- Hear curator Harry Cooper discuss the 26 works in the "In the Tower: Barnett Newman" exhibition, on view in the East Building through February 24. Cooper describes Newman's childhood, artistic techniques, and evolution as an artist that ultimately led him to paint the 14 canvases of "The Stations of the Cross," considered by many to be Newman's greatest achievement.
- Celebrate opening day of “Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective” with a lecture by exhibition curator Harry Cooper Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Learn more about Lichtenstein’s classic early pop paintings based, his versions of paintings by the modern ma...sters, and series including Brushstrokes, Mirrors, Artist's Studios, Nudes, and Landscapes in a Chinese Style. Cooper will sign copies of the full-color exhibition catalogue following the lecture. http://ow.ly/erjsj
- “Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective” opens this Sunday! Be sure to visit the Gallery’s special exhibition shop, located on the East Building Upper Level, and bring part of this once-in-a-lifetime exhibition home with you. The shop features c...otton tee shirts featuring Lichtenstein’s works in adult and children’s sizes, a specially designed poster of “Little Big Painting” (1965), the full-color exhibition catalogue, and much more!
- Mark you calendar for the Gallery’s next Drawing Salon, “Light and Shadow: Baroque Painting,” on Thursday, October 18 from 1:00–3:00 p.m.! Using charcoal, participants in this workshop will explore the dramatic tonal range used to convey ps...ychological depth and physical dimensionality in works of art. This program is free, and all drawing materials are provided. No advance registration; participation is on a first-come, first-served basis with sign-in beginning at 12:30 pm in the West Building East Garden Court.
- Saturday and Sunday at 4:30 p.m., don’t miss director Roberto Rossellini's modernist breakthrough “Journey to Italy.” The film, which has often been compared to James Joyce's writings or Michelangelo Antonioni's films, has just been restored by L'Immagine Ritrovata, Bologna, in collaboration with CSC—Cineteca Nazionale, Rome.
- Perhaps weary of comic-book melodrama and violence, Lichtenstein turned to landscape in 1964, applying his vocabulary of colored dots and black outlines to peaceful skies and oceans. And yet these too were derived from
comic books—not the main action but the backgrounds. “Sunrise” (1965) is one of 135 works on view in “Roy Lichtenstein: A Retrospective,” October 14, 2012–January 13, 2013.
- Hear Sarah Kennel and Ksenya Gurshtein explore the role of seriality in 20th-century and contemporary photographic portraiture. On view through December 31, "The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years" features some 150 works by 20 photographers who
transcend the limits of the single image by photographing the same subjects over the course of days, months, years, and even decades.
- Washington’s first major presentation of early American furniture to remain on permanent public view opens TODAY! The installation highlights nearly 100 examples from the distinguished collection of George M. and Linda H. Kaufman of Norfolk..., Virginia. Read all about the Kaufmans and their passion to collect, as well as the new installation, in Ned Martel’s article in today’s Washington Post. http://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/museums/well-loved-furniture-finds-a-new-home-at-national-gallery/2012/10/04/ad306dfe-0bee-11e2-bd1a-b868e65d57eb_story.html
- In 1957, the art of George Bellows was the subject of the Gallery’s first retrospective exhibition focused on the work of a single artist. “A Retrospective of the Work of George Bellows” (January 19–February 24, 1957) was installed in the ...West Building Ground Floor Central Gallery and in adjacent rooms, where most temporary exhibitions were shown at the time. The Gallery had undertaken the exhibition with the encouragement of the great collector and Gallery trustee Chester Dale, who had been Bellows’ friend and patron. In 1945, exactly 20 years after the artist’s death, Dale presented the Gallery with the first works by the artist to enter the collection, including “Both Members of this Club” (1909). Don’t miss this boxing masterpiece in “George Bellows,” currently on view in the West Building through October 8!
Image: Mrs. George Bellows, Chester Dale, and Gallery Director John Walker with “Both Members of this Club” at the exhibition opening preview, January 19, 1957. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Gallery Archives
- “George Bellows” closes on Monday, October 8! Be sure to visit the Gallery tomorrow from noon–5:00 p.m. and Saturday from 1:00–5:00 p.m. and learn more about the life and work of this great American artist with a two-day public symposium featuring illustrated lectures by noted scholars. Speakers include David Curry, Adam Greenhalgh, David Lubin, Carol Troyen, David C. Ward, Mark White, Sean Wilentz, and Rebecca Zurier.
- The Gallery’s series on Czech director František Vláčil kicks off this Sunday! At 2:00 p.m., watch “The Devil’s Trap,” the first of Vláčil's three historical-allegorical epics. At 4:30 p.m., the Gallery premieres the new restoration of “Markéta Lazarová,” based on Vladislav Vančura’s best-selling 1931 novel, which was in turn based on a story handed down within Vančura’s family.
- Be sure to stop by the just-opened Garden Café Americana on your next visit to the Gallery! In honor of “Masterpieces of American Furniture from the Kaufman Collection, 1700–1830,” which opens this Sunday, award-winning Chef Cathal Armstron...g of Restaurant Eve has designed a menu of signature American dishes. The menu showcases seasonal ingredients from America's farmland, including classic dishes like pot roast, buttermilk biscuits, turkey pot pie, and American apple pie.
- As part of the National Gallery of Art lecture series “The Collecting of African American Art,” listen as former National Basketball Association players Elliot Perry and Darrell Walker discuss their important collections of African American art and art of the African diaspora with Professor Michael D. Harris.
- Tonight at 6:30 p.m., the Catholic University of America Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Choir performs music by Rimsky-Korsakov and Mozart. Stephen Ackert, head of the music department, will give a preconcert talk at 6:00 p.m. about Mozart’s relationship with Prague.
- Don’t miss opening day of “The Serial Portrait: Photography and Identity in the Last One Hundred Years” this Sunday! At 2:00 p.m., join exhibition curator Sarah Kennel and Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow Ksenya Gurshtein for an opening day lecture exploring artists who photographed the same subjects—primarily friends, family, and themselves—over the course of days, months, or years.
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