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New West Building Sculpture Galleries

Special Lecture Program

Celebrate Sculpture!
Sunday, September 29, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall

A program of illustrated lectures will spotlight noted works in the collection and give the audience a behind-the-scenes look at the newly constructed sculpture galleries. Speakers include Nicholas Penny, senior curator of sculpture, National Gallery of Art; Douglas Lewis, curator of sculpture and decorative arts; Alison Luchs, curator of early European sculpture; Eleonora Luciano, assistant curator of sculpture; Manfred Leithe-Jasper, curator emeritus, Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna; and Mark Leithauser, the Gallery's chief of design and installation. Alan Shestack, the Gallery's deputy director and chief curator, will introduce the program.

Sunday Lectures
Lectures are given by National Gallery of Art staff and distinguished scholars in the East Building large auditorium on Sundays at 2:00 p.m.

November 3
A New Look at Degas’ Sculpture
Suzanne Glover Lindsay, independent researcher, Shelley Sturman, conservator and head of object conservation, National Gallery of Art, and Daphne Barbour, conservator, National Gallery of Art

November 10
Rodin at the National Gallery of Art

Eleonora Luciano, assistant curator of sculpture, National Gallery of Art

November 17
Sixth Annual Lecture in Tribute to Sydney J. Freedberg: The Turning Figure

Nicholas Penny, senior curator of sculpture, National Gallery of Art

November 24
Savages of Art: Auguste Préault and the Sculpture of Change

Charles Millard, independent scholar, North Carolina

A ten-minute video Introduction to Sculpture will run continuously from 12:30 to 4:30 pm every day in the East Building large auditorium, with occasional interruptions for other events, from September 29, 2002, through January 31, 2003.

Gallery Talks
All talks begin in the West Building Rotunda.

Chalice of the Abbot Suger of Saint-Denis (20 mins.).
Frances Feldman, lecturer.
October 22, 27, and 30 at 12:00 noon

Renaissance Bronzes from the Robert H. Smith Collection (50 mins.)
J. Russell Sale, lecturer.
November 19, 24, and 27 at 12:00; November 22 at 1:00

Selections from the New Sculpture Galleries (50 mins.).
Frances Feldman, lecturer.
November 12, 17, 20, and 22 at 12:00

Auguste Rodin’s, A Burgher of Calais (Jean d'Aire) (20 mins.).
Frances Feldman, lecturer.
November 14, 15, 16, and 19 at 1:00; Nov. 21 at 12:00

Antonio Susini’s: Crouching Venus (30 mins.).
Douglas Dow, fellow.
December 13 at 2:00 p.m., December 14 at 1:00 p.m., and December 15 at noon Family

Art in the Round
Sundays, October 13 and 27, and November 10, 1:00 to 3:00 pm

Registration begins September 15 (Ages 7 to 10)

Are three dimensions better than two? Explore the museum's new sculpture galleries through a tour, discussion, and hands-on activity.

Advance registration required; please call (202) 789-3030. All workshops are free and are designed for children with an accompanying adult.

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. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at Follow the Gallery on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Instagram at

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