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Release Date: August 16, 2019

Free After-Hours Program is Back with New Dates and a New Name: NGA Nights

At a recent NGA Nights, visitors gather under Katharina Fritsch’s "Hahn/Cock" (2013), on long-term loan courtesy of Glenstone Museum.

At a recent NGA Nights, visitors gather under Katharina Fritsch’s Hahn/Cock (2013), on long-term loan courtesy of Glenstone Museum.

Washington, DC—The National Gallery of Art's after-hours series (previously titled "Evenings at the Edge") returns September 12, 2019, with a new name: NGA Nights. As in previous years, NGA Nights will continue to offer live music and dance performances, hands-on art making, dynamic pop-up talks with Gallery staff, and more, on the second Thursday of select months from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. The 2019–2020 season will feature three thematic events in the fall—on September 12, October 10, and November 14—and three in the spring—on March 12, April 9, and May 14. Each evening will celebrate a different theme and offer new and exciting experiences.

Spring themes will be announced later this fall. Performers and event details are subject to change.

Admission to NGA Nights is free, but registration is required. To register and learn more about each program, visit

September 12 | Back to School
School is back in session during the Gallery's first after-hours event of the fall. Relive your best (or worst) school dance memories with classic summer jams from DJ Heat, draw a Picasso-inspired portrait, and take a spin on the NGA trivia wheel. Pop-up talks explore elements of art, while Tracy Wilson and Holly Frey, hosts of the hit podcast Stuff You Missed in History Class, look at the lesser-known history of the color blue during a live show.

October 10 | Art History Mysteries
Don your magnifying glass and trench coat for a night full of intrigue. Go on a detective hunt in the galleries, uncover mysteries within masterpieces during spirited pop-up talks, and haunt the dance floor to the musical stylings of Les the DJ.

November 14 | Throwback
Dust off your fanny packs, lace up your combat boots, and don't forget your scrunchies. Let's travel back to the 1990s when the Spice Girls reigned, and Will Smith became the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. Performances, music, art activities, and pop-up talks are all inspired by the decade that gave us the World Wide Web, TLC, and slap bracelets.

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