National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden
Ongoing
Sculpture Garden
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    Claes Oldenburg, American, born Sweden, 1929, and Coosje van Bruggen, American, 1942 - 2009, Typewriter Eraser, Scale X, model 1998, fabricated 1999, painted stainless steel and fiberglass, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1998.150.1

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    Joan Miró, Spanish, 1893 - 1983, Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Eclair (Gothic Personage, Bird-Flash), model 1974, cast 1977, bronze, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation Copyright © 1998 Board of Trustees, National Gallery of Art, Washington, 1992.53.1

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    Louise Bourgeois, American, born France, 1911 - 2010, Spider, 1996, cast 1997, bronze with silver nitrate patina, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1997.136.1

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    Magdalena Abakanowicz, Polish, born 1930, Puellae (Girls), 1992, bronze, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1998.148.1

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    Mark di Suvero, American, born 1933, Aurora, 1992-1993, steel, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1996.72.1

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    Scott Burton, American, 1939 - 1989, Six-Part Seating, conceived 1985, fabricated 1998, polished granite, Gift of the Collectors Committee, 1998.146.1

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    Joel Shapiro, American, born 1941, Untitled, 1989, bronze, Gift of the Collectors Committee, 1990.29.1

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    Ellsworth Kelly, American, born 1923, Stele II, 1973, one-inch weathering steel, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1999.15.2

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    Barry Flanagan, British, 1941 - 2009, Thinker on a Rock, 1997, bronze, Gift of John and Mary Pappajohn, Des Moines, Iowa, 1999.30.1

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    Sol LeWitt, American, 1928 - 2007, Four-Sided Pyramid, first installation 1997, fabricated 1999, concrete blocks and mortar, Gift of the Donald Fisher Family, 1998.149.1

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    Lucas Samaras, American, born Greece, 1936, Chair Transformation Number 20B, 1996, patinated bronze, The Nancy Lee and Perry Bass Fund, 1998.99.1

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    Tony Smith, American, 1912 - 1980, Moondog, model 1964, fabricated 1998-1999, painted aluminum, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1997.137.1

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    David Smith, American, 1906 - 1965, Cubi XXVI, 1965, steel, Ailsa Mellon Bruce Fund, 1978.14.1

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    Alexander Calder, Cheval Rouge (Red Horse), 1974, On long term loan from the Calder Foundation, New York © 2002 Estate of Alexander Calder/Artists Rights Society (ARS), NY

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    Roy Lichtenstein, American, 1923 - 1997, House I, model 1996, fabricated 1998, fabricated and painted aluminum, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1998.147.1

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    Hector Guimard, French, 1867 - 1942, An Entrance to the Paris Métropolitain, conceived 1902, fabricated 1902/1913, painted cast iron and bronze, Gift of Robert P. and Arlene R. Kogod, 2000.2.1

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    Marc Chagall, Russian, 1887 - 1985, Orphée, 1969, stone and glass mosaic, The John U. and Evelyn S. Nef Collection 2011.60.104.1-10

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    Robert Indiana, American, born 1928, AMOR, conceived 1998, fabricated 2006, polychrome aluminium, Gift of Simon and Gillian Salama-Caro in memory of Ruth Klausner ©2013 Morgan Art Foundation/Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York 2012.27.1

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    Roxy Paine, American, born 1966,Graft, 2008-2009, stainless steel and concrete, Gift of Victoria and Roger Sant 2009.109.1

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    Tony Smith, American, 1912 - 1980, Wandering Rocks, 1967, painted steel, Gift of the Collectors Committee 1981.53.1

Overview: Designed to offer year-round enjoyment to the public in one of the preeminent locations on the National Mall, the National Gallery Sculpture Garden includes seventeen works from the Gallery's growing collection as well as loans for special exhibitions.

Installations include Claes Oldenburg's Typewriter Eraser, Scale X (model 1998, fabricated 1999), and Joan Miró's Personnage Gothique, Oiseau-Eclair (1974, cast 1977), as well as new acquisitions.

Located in the 6.1-acre block adjacent to the West Building, the elegant yet informal Garden includes new plantings of native American species of canopy trees, flowering trees, shrubs, ground covers, and perennials. A fountain, which serves as an ice rink in winter, is at the center of the Garden, and walking and seating areas offer visitors a chance to rest and reflect on the works on view. The Pavilion Café offers year-round café service, along with indoor seating. The Sculpture Garden is enclosed by a decorative metal fence with marble piers and plinths, designed to reflect the historic character of the West Building. There are six public entryways to the Sculpture Garden, and it is accessible to visitors with disabilities.

The Sculpture Garden is made possible by a 1991 agreement, signed by the National Park Service and the National Gallery of Art and approved by the National Capital Planning Commission, to transfer jurisdiction of the Sculpture Garden site from the Park Service to the National Gallery.

Volunteer: The Sculpture Garden plantings are maintained by the National Gallery of Art horticulture staff. The division of horticulture is currently accepting applications for volunteers. For more information on volunteer opportunities, candidates should submit a letter of interest including all vital contact information to gardens@nga.gov.

Sculpture Garden Hours: Memorial Day (May 22) through Labor Day (September 7): Monday–Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m., Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

Pavilion Café Hours: Memorial Day (May 22) through Labor Day (September 7): Monday–Thursday and Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m., Friday, 10:00 a.m.-8:30 p.m. (Jazz in the Garden, 5:00-8:30 p.m.), Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Architects and Curators: Laurie D. Olin, landscape architect, Olin Partnership, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in association with National Gallery of Art staff Mark Leithauser, chief of design; Gordon Anson, chief lighting designer; James M. Grupe, senior architect; Carl Campioli, assistant senior architect; and former curators of twentieth-century art, Mark Rosenthal and Marla Prather.

Sponsor: The National Gallery Sculpture Garden is given to the nation by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Location: The Sculpture Garden is on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW. (The National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden is bounded by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive, and 7th and 9th Streets NW)

Rules: Do not touch the works of art.

Do not ride bicycles or use in-line skates and skateboards in the Sculpture Garden (either walk beside your bicycle or secure it at one of the hitching posts located near the entrances on Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive).

Only service animals are allowed.

Alcoholic beverages brought from outside are prohibited in the Sculpture Garden and are subject to confiscation.

Passes: Admission is always free and passes are not required.

Image: Magdalena Abakanowicz, Puellae (Girls), 1992, bronze, Gift of The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, 1998.148.1