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Update: March 26, 2020 (Original Release Date: February 14, 2020)

NGA Nights Returns This Spring with Dynamic Headliners, an Ode to the District

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.

As a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19, the Gallery has cancelled the NGA Nights programs scheduled for Thursday, March 12, and Thursday, April 9. The Gallery remains open during its regular hours. Please check for up-to-date information.
We hope to welcome you to the Gallery soon and thank you for your support.

Washington, DC—This spring, the Gallery celebrates the contributions of women artists, the art of unplugging, and the cultural icons of the district we call home. Each program will showcase live performances, hands-on art-making, and other activities throughout the East Building, free of charge. The spring 2020 events will be on the second Thursday of the month:  March 12, April 9, and May 14, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For the first time ever, Gallery curators and staff will offer private tours of the Print Study Room during NGA Nights. Visitors will be able to see rare objects from the prints and drawings collection and to learn about the Gallery's ongoing Make an Appointment program.

Performers and other details of each event remain subject to change. Registration for each event opens one month prior; registration for the March 12 event opens on February 14. See for more details.

Spring Themes and Features
March 12—Canceled
NGA Nights returns in March with a salute to women. Les The DJ spins a set featuring iconic female musicians, all-women Afro-Brazilian drum group Batalá Washington delivers a trio of pulse-pounding performances, and pop-up talks showcase the talents of women-identifying artists.

April 9—Canceled
Slow down, unplug, and enjoy the National Gallery of Art after hours. Unwind in our galleries with pop-up talks and activities that encourage slow looking and conversation. When you're ready to plug back in, drop by our silent disco with music by DJ Baby Alcatraz and enjoy an energetic marimba performance by Sticks + Bars.

May 14—Canceled   
Celebrate DC with an evening of performances and art activities that honor the district's people and culture. Go-go band Rare Essence taps into the pulse of the city with a set of funky performances while DJ Heat pays tribute to her DC roots. Enjoy pop-up talks that highlight artwork with DC connections and experiment with a hands-on art activity inspired by the Washington Color school art movement.

Refreshments from Constellation Culinary Group
A variety of beverages, including beer, wine, specialty themed cocktails, sodas, and assorted snacks will be available for purchase at stations throughout the East Building, including the Roof Terrace, weather permitting. Regular service—including beer, wine, sandwiches, and salads—will be offered at the Terrace Café on the Upper Level. Outside food and beverages are not permitted.

The East Building of the National Gallery of Art is located at Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The closest Metro stations are Archives–Navy Memorial–Penn Quarter on the Green and Yellow Lines, Federal Center SW and Smithsonian on the Orange, Silver, and Blue Lines, and Judiciary Square on the Red Line. The closest Metrobus stops are at 4th Street and Madison Drive NW on the P6 (north- and southbound) and 30S, 32, 36 (westbound) bus lines, and Constitution Avenue and 3rd Street NW on the X1 line. The DC Circulator Bus stops at 4th Street and Madison Drive NW.

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Christina Brown, (202) 842-6598 or [email protected]

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National Gallery of Art
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Landover, MD 20785
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