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National Gallery of Art Offers Variety of Programs in Honor of Gerard ter Borch Exhibition

Washington, DC—Gerard ter Borch (November 7, 2004-January 30, 2005) is the first exhibition in the United States to present paintings by this exceptional Dutch genre and portrait painter. In conjunction with the exhibition, the Gallery will offer a variety of related activities. Admission to the Gallery is free and all programs are free unless otherwise noted.


November 7, 11:15 a.m.
East Building Auditorium
Gerard ter Borch: Contemplating the Interior

Opening day lecture program on the exhibition of paintings by Dutch master Gerard ter Borch includes noted specialists in Dutch art Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., curator, northern baroque paintings, National Gallery of Art; Marjorie E. Wieseman, curator of European painting and sculpture, Cincinnati Art Museum; Arie Wallert, curator, department of paintings, Rijksmuseum; Nanette Salomon, associate professor of art history, College of Staten Island, City University of New York; and Alison McNeil Kettering, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Art History, Carleton College.


All Gallery talks will begin in the West Building Rotunda unless noted otherwise.

November 9, 12, 14, 12:00 noon.
Gerard ter Borch

November 13, 5:30 p.m.
Dutch Genre Painting: An Overview
Music and Gerard ter Borch
Dutch and Flemish Art and Music

November 14, 5:30 p.m.
Dutch Genre Painting: An Overview
Music and Gerard ter Borch
Dutch and Flemish Art and Music

November 15, 5:30 p.m.
Dutch and Flemish Art and Music

November 16, 5:30 p.m.
Dutch Genre Painting: An Overview
Dutch and Flemish Art and Music

November 17 and 19, 1:00 p.m.
Gerard ter Borch


November 28, 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
Mimesis and Melancholy: Paradoxes of 17th-Century Dutch Art
Claudia Swan, associate professor of art history, Northwestern University


Close to Home (pre-register at 202-789-3030)
January 29, February 12, and March 12
West Building Rotunda
10:30-12:30; 1:30-3:30

Explore the newly re-opened Dutch galleries with artist and educator Clare Grizzard. Take an imaginary journey into the scenes of home and family life and learn why domestic interiors were a favorite subject for Dutch artists. This drawing workshop is for children ages 9 to 13 with an adult companion.

Children’s Film Program
(Vincent Ball, The Netherlands, 93 mins.)
East Building Auditorium
February 5
10:30 a.m.; ages 7 and up

Minoes, a young woman, talks to cats, eats raw fish, climbs trees, and prowls roof tops at night. Find out why in the delightful feature-length adventure that is "purr-fect" for the whole family. Dutch with English subtitles.

Family Concert
Camerata Trajectina

West Building Lecture Hall
January 30
12:00 noon and 2:00 p.m.
Ages 7 and up

In celebration of the exhibition Gerard ter Borch, families can spend an afternoon exploring. Dutch art and music. Camerta Trajectina will present a 45-minute program of popular 17th-century music performed on historic instruments. Get more information at (202) 842-6254 or

Audio Program
Adventures in Art

A special audio program for children ages 7 to 12 that highlights the Gallery’s collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings is available for rental at the Acoustiguide Desk located at the West Building Mall entrance. $3 per tour; $2 for additional headphones.


Evenings with Gerard ter Borch
November 13-16

The exhibition Gerard ter Borch will be the focus of the Gallery’s first festival combining music and art education. On consecutive evenings, from November 13 to 16, concerts, gallery talks, and lecture-recitals featuring 17th-century Dutch art and music will be presented. The exhibition will remain open to the public each evening. Gallery talks begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Rotunda. Concerts begin at 6:30 p.m. in the East Garden Court. Additional information is available at (202) 842-6941 or

Saturday, 6:30 p.m.
The Washington Bach Consort
J. Reilly Lewis, conductor
Music by Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, his contemporaries, and his pupils

November 14
Sunday, 6:30 p.m.
The Folger Consort
Music by Hocquart, Shenck, Huygens, and other 17th-century Dutch and Flemish composers

November 15
Monday, 6:30 p.m.
Marion Verbruggen, recorder virtuoso
Music by Jacob van Eyck and other 17th-century Dutch and Flemish composers

November 16
Tuesday, 5:30 p.m.
Gallery talks and live music with the Trio Pétillant


A full-color brochure will be available free of charge at the entrance to the exhibition.


The National Gallery of Art is planning a special section on Gerard ter Borch at

NGAClassroom: This Web site especially for teachers and students will feature a PDF link to a new teaching packet about Ter Borch at


The 240-page, 9 1/2 by 10 ½ inch catalogue Gerard ter Borch is lavishly illustrated with 80 color and 80 black and white images. Contributors include Arthur K. Wheelock, Jr., curator of northern baroque painting, National Gallery of Art; Alison McNeil Kettering, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Art History, Carleton College; Arie Wallert, curator, department of paintings, Rijksmuseum; and Marjorie E. Wieseman, curator of European painting and sculpture, Cincinnati Art Museum. The catalogue was published by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the American Federation of Arts, New York, in association with Yale University Press. It will be available for $55 in hardcover and $35 in softcover in the Gallery Shops by calling 1-(800)-697-9350 or (202) 842-6002, or faxing (202) 789-3047. You can visit the Shops online at

Please note: All programs are free unless otherwise noted and open to the public; seating is on a first-come, first-seated basis. For more information, call (202) 737-4215, visit the Web site at, or inquire at the Art Information Desks.

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

Visitors will be asked to present all carried items for inspection upon entering. Checkrooms are free of charge and located at each entrance. Luggage and other oversized bags must be presented at the 4th Street entrances to the East or West Building to permit x-ray screening and must be deposited in the checkrooms at those entrances. For the safety of visitors and the works of art, nothing may be carried into the Gallery on a visitor's back. Any bag or other items that cannot be carried reasonably and safely in some other manner must be left in the checkrooms. Items larger than 17 by 26 inches cannot be accepted by the Gallery or its checkrooms.
For additional press information please call or send inquiries to:
Department of Communications
National Gallery of Art
2000B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785
phone: (202) 842-6353
e-mail: [email protected]
Anabeth Guthrie
Chief of Communications
(202) 842-6804
[email protected]

The Gallery also offers a broad range of newsletters for various interests. Follow this link to view the complete list.

Exhibition Press Release

Exhibition Checklist (PDF 140 KB)

Curator Biography:
Authur K. Wheelock, Jr.

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Exhibition Page:
Gerard ter Borch

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