The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works

Public Programs and Activities at the National Gallery of Art Celebrate The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works
October 1, 2009, through May 2, 2010

The National Gallery of Art exhibition of selected works from the Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection (October 1, 2009, through May 2, 2010), is organized according to ten dynamic themes that reveal surprising juxtapositions among the 126 paintings, sculptures, drawings, and prints. The famed Meyerhoff collection, built around works by six American masters—Jasper Johns, Ellsworth Kelly, Roy Lichtenstein, Brice Marden, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank Stella—also includes works by leading abstract expressionists and today’s younger artists. The Gallery has planned a variety of programs to celebrate the collection and explore the themes and artists represented in the show.

All programs are offered free of charge and take place in the East Building Auditorium unless other noted. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call (202) 737-4215, visit www.nga.gov, or inquire at the Gallery’s Information Desks.

Lectures

Medici of the Modern: Robert and Jane Meyerhoff
Wednesday, November 18, 2:00 p.m.
Tuesday, November 24, noon
Thursday, December 3, noon
Wednesday, December 16, noon
Sally Shelburne, lecturer, National Gallery of Art

Public Symposium
A New Look at Postwar Art: The Collection of Robert and Jane Meyerhoff
Saturday, November 21, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Illustrated lectures by noted scholars including Graham Bader, Yve-Alain Bois, Harry Cooper, and Sarah K. Rich

The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series
Brice Marden on Art
Sunday, November 22, 2:00 p.m.
Brice Marden, artist, in conversation with Harry Cooper, curator and head of modern and contemporary art, National Gallery of Art

Concerts

Richard Stoltzman, clarinetist
Yehudi Wyner, pianist

Sunday, November 22, 6:30 p.m.
Music by Carter, Reich, and Wyner
First concert in the 64th American Music Festival
Presented in honor of The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works

Ensō String Quartet
Wednesday, November 25, 12:10 p.m.
Music by Reich and Jalbert
Second concert in the 64th American Music Festival
Presented in honor of The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works

National Gallery Orchestra
Sunday, November 29, 6:30 p.m.
Music by Aikman, Corigliano, and Lerdahl
Third concert in the 64th American Music Festival
Presented in honor of The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works
East Building Auditorium and Atrium

Joel Fan, pianist
Wednesday, December 2, 12:10 p.m.
Music by Carter, Bolcom, Gandolfi, and Kirchner
Final concert of the 64th American Music Festival
Presented in honor of The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works

Verge Ensemble
Sunday, March 7, 2010, 6:30 p.m.
Presented in honor of The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works and Editions with Additions: Working Proofs by Jasper Johns
Newly composed music by Roger Reynolds
(Location TBD)

Gallery Talks

The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works (60 minutes)
Sally Shelburne: September 30, October 1, 6 at noon; November 10, 22 and December 9, 17 at 2:00 p.m.; November 21 at 1:00 p.m.
David Gariff: October 10, 11, 15, 22 and November 16, 18, 20, 25 at 1:00 p.m.
Diane Arkin: October 16, 19, 26, 30 and December 7, 11 at noon; November 17, 19 at 11:00 a.m.; December 7, 11 at noon
Talks begin at East Building Information Desk

American Café

Continuing its popular themed menus inspired by exhibitions, the Garden Café at the National Gallery of Art will be transformed once again, this time as the American Café, in honor of The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works. The American Café and the renowned contemporary American masterpieces presented in the Meyerhoff Collection together showcase a rich and varied American tradition in both the visual and culinary arts. Created by Chef David Rogers of Restaurant Associates at the National Gallery of Art, the new menu highlights regional American cooking along the East Coast, from New England to Florida, and will be served November 2, 2009 – January 27, 2010.

For more information about the Gallery and its restaurants, please visit www.nga.gov/dining.

Gallery Shops

A beautiful160-page hardcover catalogue published by the National Gallery of Art accompanies the exhibition. The Robert and Jane Meyerhoff Collection: Selected Works features an essay by Harry Cooper, curator of modern and contemporary art, National Gallery of Art, on the ten themes of the exhibition and 165 full-color illustrations. It will retail for $50.00 and will be available in September for purchase in the Gallery Shops, along with a wide selection of related books and gift items. To order, call (800) 697-9350 or (202) 842-6002; fax (202) 789-3047; or e-mail mailorder@nga.gov.

General Information

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. With the exception of the atrium and library, the galleries in the East Building will remain closed for approximately three years for Master Facilities Plan and renovations. For specific updates on gallery closings, visit http://www.nga.gov/content/ngaweb/Collection/modern-art-during-renovation.html.

For information call (202) 737-4215 or the Telecommunications Device for the Deaf (TDD) at (202) 842-6176, or visit the Gallery's Web site at www.nga.gov. Follow the Gallery on Facebook at www.facebook.com/NationalGalleryofArt and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/ngadc.

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.

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Press Kit

Exhibition Press Release

Checklist (PDF 1 MB)

I think I see…
by Harry Cooper (PDF, 9 MB)

Themes and Quotes

Related Activities

Curator Biography

Harry Cooper
Curator and Head of Modern Art
National Gallery of Art, Washington

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