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Release Date: June 25, 2009

National Gallery of Art Summer Lectures Explore Exhibitions, and Intertwined Works of Art

Washington, DC—Eric Denker’s lecture, Expatriate Rivals: James McNeil Whistler and John Singer Sargent will feature Sargent’s Street in Venice (1882), among other works on Sunday, August 30, at 2:00 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium. National Gallery of Art, Gift of the Avalon Foundation

This summer, the National Gallery of Art offers a rich selection of public lecture programs. In addition to illustrated talks by Gallery experts exploring the creation of interconnected works of art, on June 28, two curators provide insight into their exhibitions. Matthew S. Witkovsky, Art Institute of Chicago, discusses Jaromír Funke and the Amateur Avant-Garde (on view through August 9) at 2:00 p.m., and Alvaro Soler del Campo, Patrimonio Nacional, introduces The Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits from Imperial Spain (on view June 28 through November 1).

All lecture programs are free and take place Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in the East Building Auditorium unless otherwise noted. Seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis.

Sunday Lectures

The Curious Case of Czech Photographer Jaromír Funke
June 28
Matthew S. Witkovsky, curator and chair of the department of photography, Art Institute of Chicago

Introduction to the Exhibition—"The Art of Power: Royal Armor and Portraits from Imperial Spain"
June 28 at 3:30 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall
Alvaro Soler del Campo, curator, Patrimonio Nacional, Real Armería, Madrid

Lecture Series

Close Encounters—of an Artistic Kind
This summer series of lectures explores the creation of intertwined works of art.

Early Masterpieces in the National Gallery of Art, and the Ensembles from Which They Came
July 12
Russell Sale, lecturer, National Gallery of Art

The Painter and the Photographer: Georgia O’Keeffe and Alfred Stieglitz
July 19
Wilford W. Scott, head of adult programs, National Gallery of Art

The Crucible of Viennese Modernism: Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Oskar Kokoschka
July 26
Christopher With, coordinator of art information, National Gallery of Art

Genius in Tandem: Robert Rauschenberg and Jasper Johns
August 2
Diane Arkin, lecturer and adult program docent coordinator, National Gallery of Art

Eros and Creativity: The Amorous Sculptures of Auguste Rodin and Camille Claudel
August 9
David Gariff, lecturer, National Gallery of Art

Duet of Leaf and Stone: Ana Mendieta and Carl Andre
August 16
Faye Gleisser, department of adult programs, National Gallery of Art

Fomenting Revolution: Braque, Picasso, and Cubism
August 23
Sally Shelburne, lecturer, National Gallery of Art

Expatriate Rivals: James McNeill Whistler and John Singer Sargent
August 30
Eric Denker, lecturer, National Gallery of Art

Works in Progress: Mondays
East Building Small Auditorium, 12:10 and 1:10 p.m.

Luis Meléndez: Marvelous Works of Nature Revealed—Part II
June 29
Catherine A. Metzger, senior conservator of paintings, National Gallery of Art

General Information

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