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Special Performances

Installation of Henri Matisse Cut-Outs, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Color's Garden: An Adventure with the Elements of Art
Written and directed by Mary Hall Surface

For families with children ages 4 and up
Approximately 45 minutes in length

Inspired by the art of Henri Matisse, Color’s Garden is a play that celebrates the joys and discoveries of making a new kind of art. Color, who dreams of making something new all on her own, leads her friends Line and Shape on an imaginative adventure. By working and playing together in new ways, the friends discover that art can capture so much more than what we see with our eyes. Featuring projections, playful animations, and a lively jazz score, this theatrical fantasy brings the elements of art to life and offers new understandings about their expressive power. 

Following each performance, families will be invited to make collages in our hands-on artmaking space and will be provided with self-guiding resources to explore the elements of art in the Gallery’s collection.

All performances are free and will take place in the East Building Auditorium, which seats 450 people. Seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. No advance registration is required. Groups are welcome. Food and drink are not permitted. Doors open 30 minutes before each performance.

Saturday, November 4 at 10:30 and 12:30
Sunday, November 5 at 11:30
Saturday, November 11 at 10:30 and 12:30
Sunday, November 12 at 11:30 and 2:00


Questions? E-mail [email protected].