Touring the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. with Dr. Jennie Hirsh

Touring the National Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. with Dr. Jennie Hirsh


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This seminar focuses on the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Beginning with its origins through the vision and collecting of donor Andrew W. Mellon, we study the West Building designed by John Russell Pope and opened in 1941, the institution's iconic East Building addition, a project by Chinese-America I.M. Pei and inaugurated in 1978, and the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden, which opened in 1999.

Further, we will examine key highlights and strengths of the collections – from the Italian Renaissance to the contemporary moment, to name but a couple – from across several centuries and hailing from across the globe, thinking about the ways in which this museum has grown and evolved over the past 80 years. We will also discuss a few of the institution's most prominent exhibitions that have left a lasting legacy on the history of art.

Led by an expert on modern and contemporary art, Dr. Jennie Hirsh, this Conversation will offer a virtual visit to one of the most elegant of the Smithsonian institutions. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased appreciation for the National Gallery's facility, the collection that it houses, and how this museum fits into the larger Smithsonian Institution.

For curious travelers seeking to explore the Smithsonian Museums and National Mall in person, we invite you to learn more about our private tours of Washington, DC.

This seminar has been designed to be enjoyed as a standalone experience or as part of Dr. Hirsh's extended series exploring several world-class museum collections in turn. For more details, click here.

Jennie Hirsh (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College) is a Professor of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She has held postdoctoral fellowships at Princeton and Columbia Universities, as well as pre-doctoral fellowships from the Mrs. Giles Whiting Foundation, the U.S. Fulbright Commission, the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation, and the Wolfsonian FIU. Hirsh has authored essays on artists including Giorgio de Chirico, Giorgio Morandi, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Yinka Shonibare, and Regina Silveira, and is co-editor, with Isabelle Wallace, of Contemporary Art and Classical Myth (Ashgate 2011).

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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E. (Philadelphia, US)
GREAT TALK!

JENNIE IS SO KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT A BROAD RANGE OF ART MOVEMENTS AND PERIODS, MAKING HER A WONDERFUL GUIDE THROUGH THE NATIONAL GALLERY!

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S.o. (Louisville, US)
Like being in the museum

Covered a short history of art with highlights from both buildings at the National Gallery.

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J. (Doylestown, US)
Great overview of the National Gallery

It was great to see which works of art that Jennie considered to be highlights of the museum. Learning more about each of these was really interesting and enjoyable. This seminar was especially helpful before my upcoming trip to DC.

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E. (Philadelphia, US)
GREAT TALK!

JENNIE IS SO KNOWLEDGEABLE ABOUT A BROAD RANGE OF ART MOVEMENTS AND PERIODS, MAKING HER A WONDERFUL GUIDE THROUGH THE NATIONAL GALLERY!

S
S.o. (Louisville, US)
Like being in the museum

Covered a short history of art with highlights from both buildings at the National Gallery.

J
J. (Doylestown, US)
Great overview of the National Gallery

It was great to see which works of art that Jennie considered to be highlights of the museum. Learning more about each of these was really interesting and enjoyable. This seminar was especially helpful before my upcoming trip to DC.