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December 17, 2009

Chester Dale Collection Celebrated with Array of Public Programs and Special Offerings in Garden Café and Shops

Washington, DC— A wide range of programs, a new short documentary film, and special offerings in the Garden Café and Gallery Shops celebrate the French and American masterpieces from the Gallery's Chester Dale Collection, brought together in the exhibition From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, on view from January 31, 2010, through January 2, 2012.

All programs are offered free of charge, with seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.


A new 17-minute documentary film profiling Chester and Maud Dale and produced by the National Gallery of Art will be shown continuously in the West Building Project Room (adjacent to the exhibition space). An illustrated chronology of the Dales’ collecting activity will be located nearby. The film was made possible by the HRH Foundation.


Three Perspectives on the Chester Dale Collection
January 31, 2:00 p.m.
East Building Auditorium
Maygene Daniels, chief of Gallery Archives; Ann Hoenigswald, senior conservator of paintings; and Kimberly A. Jones, associate curator of French paintings, National Gallery of Art
Book signing of The Chester Dale Collection follows


New York Opera Society
Wednesday, February 3, 12:10 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall
A concert of Gershwin songs and arias from Porgy and Bess

Friday, February 5, 12:00 noon and 7:00 p.m.
Repeat of February 3 program, with an intermission feature about the Chester Dale exhibition presented by Stephen Ackert (head of music programs, National Gallery of Art)
Wintergarden World Financial Center in New York City

Karin Paludin-Sorey, soprano
Danielle DeSwert Hahn, pianist

Wednesday, February 10, 12:10 p.m.
West Building Lecture Hall
A concert of Gershwin songs

Dan Franklin Smith, pianist
Sunday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.
West Building, West Garden Court
A piano recital of music by Gershwin, Chopin, and Liszt

Virginia Virtuosi, string trio
Sunday, April 18, at 6:30 p.m.
West Building, West Garden Court
A concert of Gershwin songs

Gallery Talks

The adult programs department of the education division offers regular public tours of the Chester Dale exhibition. For times and topics, please consult the bimonthly Calendar of Events or the Gallery Talk section of the National Gallery of Art Web site at

Garden Café Français

Inspired by the masterpieces of French impressionist painting in the exhibition From Impressionism to Modernism: The Chester Dale Collection, award-winning Washington-based chef Michel Richard, owner and executive chef of Citronelle and Central Michel Richard, has created a menu of signature French dishes for Garden Café Français at the National Gallery of Art.

Located in the West Building near the 6th Street and Constitution Avenue entrance, the Garden Café is open for lunch Monday–Saturday, 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m., and Sunday, noon–4:00 p.m. For more information or to make reservations, please call (202) 712-7454 or visit

Garden Café Français is presented in partnership with Restaurant Associates and executive chef David Rogers at the National Gallery of Art.

Gallery Shops

A selection of books related to the exhibition, including The Chester Dale Collection by curator Kimberly A. Jones and archivist Maygene Daniels, will be available for purchase in the Gallery Shops on the Ground Floor of the West Building as well as in the Book Shop on the Concourse. Chef Michel Richard’s latest cookbook, Happy in the Kitchen, featuring two recipes for dishes being served in the Garden Café Français, will also be for sale.

Gift items in the shops include 16 x 20-inch prints of works from the Dale collection, which will also be available as custom art prints through the Art on Demand kiosk. A poster of Claude Monet’s Jerusalem Artichoke Flowers, a set of note cards, a Modigliani Art Cube, and, later in the year, a 2011 calendar of impressionist paintings round out the shop’s exhibition-related offerings.

After the exhibition opens, browse the Gallery Shop’s offerings online at

About the Exhibition

Wall Street investor Chester Dale’s 1962 bequest made the National Gallery of Art one of the leading repositories in North America of French art of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. From Impressionism to Modernism brings together 81 of the finest European and American paintings that Dale and his wife Maud, an artist and critic, assembled from 1919 through the 1950s.

The exhibition and its accompanying book explore the Dales’ passion and talent for acquiring great art. Many of the works in the show are among the most renowned masterpieces in the history of art, but due to a stipulation in the bequest, they may be seen only at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.

The exhibition is organized by the National Gallery of Art.

The exhibition is made possible by United Technologies Corporation.

In kind promotional support is provided by Chef Michel Richard of Citronelle and Central, Washington, DC.