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Past Press Materials: 2018 to 2020

Browse copies of past press releases with supplementary materials. These press releases contain rich documentary information about Gallery collections, special exhibitions, buildings, programs, events, and activities.

A complete set of Gallery press releases from 1939–2017 is available online in the Gallery Archives to browse, search, and download.

2020

December 28, 2020
National Gallery of Art Acquires Forty Works by African American Artists from Souls Grown Deep Foundation

November 19, 2020
National Gallery of Art to Temporarily Close November 21

November 5, 2020
New Schedule for Philip Guston Now Announced

October 19, 2020
National Gallery of Art Announces Reopening of Additional Galleries This Fall

October 1, 2020
New Two-Year Postdoctoral Fellowship Gives Scholarship and Teaching Opportunities to Emerging Art Historians

Jennifer L. Roberts of Harvard University to Present the 70th Annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in Spring 2021

Updated September 22, 2020 (Original Release Date: May 1, 2019)
Yve-Alain Bois Will Give the 69th Annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in Fall 2022

Updated September 21, 2020 (Original Release Date: June 27, 2019)
Philip Guston Now
Statement from the Directors

September 19, 2020
National Gallery of Art Celebrates Revolutionary Female Photographers in Groundbreaking Exhibition

September 1, 2020
National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) Announces 2020–2021 Academic Year Appointments in Virtual Environment

July 27, 2020
National Gallery of Art Appoints Sheila McDaniel as Administrator

Update: July 24, 2020
Updated Dates for Philip Guston Retrospective with International Tour Announced for 2021–2022

National Gallery of Art Celebrates Extravagant Baroque Style of 17th- and Early 18th-Century Genoa in Landmark Exhibition on View September 26, 2021 through January 9, 2022

Update: July 13, 2020
Exhibition of Early European Open-Air Painting Reveals New Scholarship and Recently Discovered Works

National Gallery of Art Celebrates Degas's Love of the Paris Opéra in Exhibition on View March 1 through October 12, 2020

July 13, 2020
National Gallery of Art West Building Ground Floor Reopens July 20 with Free Timed Passes Required for Entry

July 2, 2020
Michael Lapthorn Named as New Chief of Design for National Gallery of Art, Washington

National Gallery of Art Hosts Virtual Summer Internships Across Nations and Disciplines

June 24, 2020
Major Painting by Native American Artist Jaune Quick-To-See Smith Acquired by National Gallery of Art

June 15, 2020
National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Reopens June 20; Visitor Guidelines and Phased Museum Reopening Announced

June 1, 2020
Director's Message, June 1, 2020

May 15, 2020
In Memoriam: Alan Shestack (1938–2020)

March 13, 2020
2020 Spring Film Program Features Agnes Varda Tribute, Julia Reichert Retrospective, Romanian and Austrian Films, American Premieres, and Discussions with Filmmakers and Performers

March 12, 2020
National Gallery of Art to Close March 14

March 11, 2020
New Senior Research Fellowships Focus on Underrepresented Areas of Art History

March 6, 2020
Professor Steven Nelson Announced as New Dean of the Center for the Advanced Study in the Visual Arts at National Gallery of Art, Washington

February 20, 2020
Pioneering Artist Lynda Benglis Celebrated in Exhibition

February 14, 2020
National Gallery of Art Washington Announces New Curator of Italian and Spanish Paintings Eve Straussman-Pflanzer

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

January 27, 2020
National Gallery of Art’s Winter and Spring Lecture Series Feature World-Renowned Artists and Scholars in a Wide Variety of Programs

January 2, 2020
National Gallery of Art Celebrates Extravagant Baroque Style of 17th- and Early 18th-Century Genoa on View May 3 Through August 16, 2020

 

2019

December 6, 2019
Exhibition of Early European Open-Air Painting Reveals New Scholarship and Recently Discovered Works

Winter/Spring Season of Free Concerts Features Washington Premieres and Award-Winning Performers

December 4, 2019
National Gallery of Art 2020 Winter Film Program Features Documentaries on American Artists, African and Armenian Films, Kiarosami Retrospective, Films by William Noland, Ciné-Essays, and Discussions with Filmmakers

November 5, 2019
National Gallery of Art Announces Two New Executive Officers and Christiane Ellis Valone Curator of American Paintings

Richard Mosse’s Powerful “Incoming” Video Installed at the National Gallery of Art

October 25, 2019
Discover the Holiday Season at the National Gallery of Art

Popular Ice Rink in National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Opens Friday, November 15; Free Hot Chocolate on Opening Weekend; Skating Classes for All Ages and Levels

October 17, 2019
National Gallery of Art Selected as a 2019 Bank of America Art Conservation Project Grant Recipient

October 16, 2019
In Memoriam: E.A. Carmean, Jr. (1945–2019)

October 11, 2019
National Gallery of Art Celebrates Degas's Love of the Paris Opéra in Exhibition on View March 1 through July 5, 2020

September

September 30, 2019
National Gallery of Art Announces Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts Dean Elizabeth Cropper to Retire in 2020

September 27, 2019
National Gallery of Art Trustees Elect Darren Walker as New Trustee; Mitchell P. Rales Becomes President; Sharon Rockefeller Reelected as Chairman; Frederick W. Beinecke and Andrew M. Saul Become Trustees Emeriti

National Gallery of Art Celebrates 500th Anniversary of Raphael's Death in Exhibition on View February 16 through June 14, 2020

Fall Film Program Features Eastern European Absurdist Films, International Art Film Festivals, Films by Shirley Clark and Basilio Martin Patino, Ciné-Concerts, and Discussions with Filmmakers

September 23, 2019
National Gallery of Art Awards Seven Academic Year Internships to Graduate Students in the Museum Profession

September 13, 2019

National Gallery of Art Presents Special Installation of Photographs by Robert Frank

Alonso Berruguete's Expressive Renaissance Sculptures Focus of First Major Exhibition Outside of Spain

National Gallery of Art Collaborates with Researchers to Analyze Permanent Collection Data

September 12, 2019
Fall 2019 Lecture Series Features World-Renowned Artists and Scholars in a Wide Variety of Programs

September 10, 2019
Statement on the death of American photographer Robert Frank (1924-2019)

September 2, 2019
National Gallery of Art Announces New Curatorial Staff: Betsy Wieseman, Shelley Langdale, Brooks Rich, and Aaron Wile

August

August 23, 2019
Groundbreaking Scientific Research and Technical Study of Verrocchio's Masterpieces Revealed in Newly Published Exhibition Catalog

Conservation Journal "Facture" Explores Series, Multiples, and Replicas

August 16, 2019
Fall Season of Free Concerts Features Gaelynn Lea, Cherokee Chamber Singers, and Music by Julius Eastman

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

August 1, 2019
American Surreal: Arshile Gorky and Nathan Lerner

National Gallery of Art's Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) Announces 2019–2020 Academic Year Appointments

July

July 25, 2019
Photographs of Verrocchio sculptures by Renowned Scholar and Photographer Clarence Kennedy in National Gallery of Art Library Installation

July 18, 2019
[UPDATE] Extended Hours Announced for The Life of Animals in Japanese Art

June

June 27, 2019
Philip Guston Retrospective with International Tour Announced for 2020–2021

June 21, 2019
Exhibition on First 50 Years of Photography Celebrates Anniversary of its Invention and Recent Acquisitions

June 18, 2019
National Gallery of Art Awards 15 Summer Internships in Wide Variety of Curatorial, Educational, Administrative, and Other Roles

June 14, 2019
Major Exhibition Traces the History of Pastel in Art at National Gallery of Art, September 29, 2019, through January 26, 2020

National Gallery of Art 2019 Summer Film Program Features Jonas Mekas Retrospective, Japanese Animals in Cinema, Barbara Hammer Tribute, Films Celebrating the Moon Landing, and Discussions with Filmmakers

June 13, 2019
Artistry of Fireworks Explored in National Gallery of Art Library Installation

June 7, 2019
Verrocchio's First Comprehensive Exhibition Explores His Innovation in Renaissance Art and Culture at National Gallery of Art, September 15, 2019 through January 12, 2020

May

May 17, 2019
National Gallery of Art Statement on the Death of I. M. Pei

May 2, 2019
National Gallery of Art Launches Alfred Stieglitz Key Set Online Edition

May 1, 2019
Yve-Alain Bois of the Institute for Advanced Study, Presents the 69th Annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in 2020 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

April

April 26, 2019
[UPDATE] Additional Details and Robust Programming Announced for First Exhibition on Animals in Japanese Art

April 12, 2019
American Art, 1900–1950: The Evans-Tibbs Collection

April 3, 2019
The Walter O. Evans Foundation for Art and Literature Collection of Frederick Douglass's Family Archive Explored in National Gallery of Art Library Installation

March

March 29, 2019
National Gallery of Art's Free Jazz in the Garden Concert Series Returns Friday, May 17, 2019

March 15, 2019
National Gallery of Art 2019 Spring Film Program Features Cinema from Cuba, New Films from Romania, Roberto Rossellini Classics, Washington Premieres, and Presentations by Filmmakers

February

February 14, 2019
Oliver Lee Jackson's Powerful Paintings of the Last 15 Years Presented at the National Gallery of Art

Winter/Spring Season of Free Concerts Features Performances on Harp and Koto, Mother's Day Presentation of Compositions Celebrating Female Leaders, and Return of Fourth Friday Sound Sketch Series

Evenings at the Edge Returns This Spring with Sensational Headliners, Expanded Offerings

February 13, 2019
Major Exhibition Explores American Pre-Raphaelite Art Influenced by John Ruskin at National Gallery of Art, April 14 through July 21, 2019

January

January 2, 2019
Lunar Photographs Celebrate 1969 Moon Landing in Exhibit at National Gallery of Art, July 14, 2019 through January 5, 2020

 

2018

December 31, 2018
National Gallery of Art's Spring 2019 Lecture Series Features World-Renowned Artists and Scholars in a Wide Variety of Programs

National Gallery of Art Launches First Online Course: "Teaching Critical Thinking through Art"

December 14, 2018
The Evans-Tibbs Archive of African American Art Explored in National Gallery of Art Library Installation

December 11, 2018
National Gallery of Art Elects Kaywin Feldman as its Fifth Director, Succeeding Earl A. Powell III

December 9, 2018
First Tintoretto Retrospective in America Celebrates Venetian Master's 500th Birthday

December 7, 2018
National Gallery of Art 2019 Winter Film Program Features Gordon Parks Retrospective, Washington Premieres, Cinema from Portugal, and Discussions with Filmmakers

November 20, 2018
National Gallery of Art Catering Partner Starr Catering Group Launches New Name, Brand Identity as Constellation Culinary Group

October 26, 2018
Discover the Holiday Season at the National Gallery of Art with Caroling, Lectures, Ice-Skating, Gallery Gifts, Seasonal Flavors, and Festive Decorations

October 12, 2018
Popular Ice Rink in National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden Opens November 19

October 9, 2018
Stephen J. Campbell to Discuss Titian's Critical Reception in the 22nd Annual Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture on Italian Art on November 4

September 28, 2018
National Gallery of Art Awards Eleven Fellowships and Internships to Emerging Leaders in the Museum Profession

National Gallery of Art's Fall 2018 Lecture Series Features Renowned Artists and Scholars in Programs that Complement Special Exhibitions

September 12, 2018
Historic Exhibition of 16 Centuries of Animals in Japanese Art Will Showcase Masterpieces That Rarely Leave Japan

National Gallery of Art 2018 Fall Film Program Features Rajiv Vaidya Memorial Lecture, Films Across Borders Series, Washington Premiers, Archival Retrospectives, and Discussions with Filmmakers

August 27, 2018
Documentary Archival Material Related to Rachel Whiteread's "Ghost" in National Gallery of Art Library Installation

August 2, 2018
Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts (CASVA) Announces 2018–2019 Academic Year Appointments

July 20, 2018
First Comprehensive Survey of Rachel Whiteread's Work Makes American Debut at National Gallery of Art, Washington

Free After-Hours Evenings at the Edge Program Returns on September 13 for Six Thursdays in Fall and Spring

June 22, 2018
Dawoud Bey's Poignant "The Birmingham Project" on View at National Gallery of Art, September 12, 2018, through March 24, 2019

First Comprehensive Exhibition of Chiaroscuro Woodcuts from Italian Renaissance on View at National Gallery of Art, October 14, 2018, through January 20, 2019

Fall Season of Free Concerts Features New Pop-Up Concert Series, Music by Gordon Parks, and Washington Premiere by Theremin Virtuoso Carolina Eyck

June 21, 2018
National Gallery of Art Awards 14 Summer Internships in Wide Variety of Curatorial, Educational, Administrative, and Other Roles

June 7, 2018
National Gallery of Art 2018 Summer Film Program Features Ingmar Bergman Centennial, Ciné-Concerts, Washington Premieres, Archival Retrospectives, and Discussions with Filmmakers

June 5, 2018
Hyperspectral Near-Infrared Imaging of Picasso Blue Period Painting Reveals French Newsprint and Earlier Works Beneath Painting's Surface

May 25, 2018
First Exhibition to Chronicle Formative Beginning of Gordon Parks's Career Premieres at the National Gallery of Art on November 4, 2018

Major Conservation Treatment of Tiepolo's Monumental Bacchus and Ariadne Reveals Hidden Details. Painting goes on view June 14, 2018

Exhibition Celebrating History of Humor in Prints and Drawings Opens at National Gallery of Art on July 15

May 11, 2018
Wu Hung of the University of Chicago Presents the 68th Annual A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts in 2019 at the National Gallery of Art, Washington

Major Exhibition of Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot's Paintings of Women; National Gallery of Art is the Only Venue, September 9 through December 31, 2018

May 10, 2018
Monet's Study for "The Artist's Garden at Vétheuil" Shown with National Gallery of Art Painting for First Time as Part of Norton Simon Loan Exchange

April 18, 2018
Major Photographic Archive of Art and Architecture Celebrates 75th Anniversary with Installation at National Gallery of Art

April 12, 2018
National Gallery of Art Exhibition of Golden Age Paintings Explores Connections Between Birth of Dutch Nationhood and Marine Genre

April 6, 2018
National Gallery of Art, Washington Launches Director Search with Firm Phillips Oppenheim

March 16, 2018
National Gallery of Art Welcomes New Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellows

March 14, 2018
National Gallery of Art 2018 Spring Film Program Features Washington Premieres, Archival Retrospectives, and Discussions with Filmmakers and Artists

March 1, 2018
National Gallery of Art's Free Jazz in the Garden Concert Series Returns on Friday, May 18, 2018

John Wilmerding Symposium on American Art and Community Celebration Explores American Storytelling with World-Renowned Artists and Engaging Free Programs, March 23, 25

February 28, 2018
National Gallery of Art's Spring 2018 Lecture Series Showcases Renowned Artists, Scholars, Philanthropists on Diverse and Timely Topics

January 8, 2018
First Major International Exhibition of Sally Mann's Work of the South Premieres at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, March 4–May 28, 2018