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Food for Thought

Weekdays, 12:00–2:00
Specific dates as noted

Join us for a seminar-style luncheon discussion of art history and related readings followed by a gallery tour of relevant art. Food for Thought is a program for adults hosted by the National Gallery of Art. Led by museum educators and Gallery staff, these seminars cover various aspects of art history, museum studies, and studio art as they relate to the permanent collection. Participants may bring their own lunch or purchase it prior to the session in the Cascade Café.

This program is free, but space is limited to 25 participants. Advance registration is required. Registration begins at noon two weeks prior to the first session. For more information, contact us via email.

Upcoming Discussions

There are no scheduled discussions at this time.  

Previous Discussions

Changing Contexts, Shifting Meanings: The Greek Slave by Hiram Powers
Julie Springer

What Not to Do: Abstract Painting in Washington
Mollie Berger

15th-Century Sculpture in Florence and Tuscany
David Gariff

Rodin and Italy
Lorena Bradford

Light in American Landscape
Heidi Hinish and Elizabeth Diament

Vermeer and the Art of Perceiving
Lorena Baines

A Brief History of Greek Sculpture
David Gariff

Whistler and Sargent
Eric Denker


Questions about this program should be directed to [email protected].


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