Then and Now: Celebrating 60 years of the National Gallery of Art West Building
Exterior Views: A Grand Presence
Interior Views: Changing Perspectives
Visiting the Gallery: Systems and Services
Audio Tours
Auditorium Music Eating

West Building auditorium,  ca. 1941.
West Building auditorium, 1941

East Building auditorium, 2001
East Building auditorium, 2001

When the National Gallery of Art opened to the public, an elegant classicizing auditorium on the ground floor of the West Building provided a locale for public lectures, films, and slide shows. During the next four decades, the auditorium was the site of presentations by members of the Gallery's staff and well-known visiting lecturers, including Kenneth Clark, Isaiah Berlin, Steven Spender, and H. W. Janson. In 1978 programs were moved to a larger, technologically-advanced auditorium in the new East Building, designed by architect I. M. Pei.

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