If you’re looking to make art a bigger part of your life in the new year, you’ve come to the right place.
There is so much to look forward to at the National Gallery, both in person and online: dynamic, thought-provoking exhibitions, new works of art to see, and opportunities to learn, create, and explore new perspectives.
We hope this look ahead will help you make 2023 your most artful yet.
Dive into unexpected worlds in our 2023 exhibitions
What do Dorothea Lange’s portraits, Mark Rothko’s paintings, and Philip Guston’s 50-year career have in common? They are all featured in limited-time exhibitions opening this year. What’s more, we have a wide range of free events that bring our exhibitions to life.
- A Southern blues and gospel music concert inspired by our exhibition Called to Create: Black Artists from the American South (February 26)
- Art-making activities on January 7, February 4, and March 4
- School tours throughout the spring (January 9 – June 2)
- Film series and artist talk on our photography exhibition This Is Britain: Photographs from the 1970s and 1980s featuring artist Sunil Gupta (March 1)
Stay tuned for more program announcements to come!
Make your own masterpiece
On the first Saturday of each month, the East Building will transform into an interactive art space for children, teens and adults, with art making, children’s films, pop-up activities, and more.
Can’t join in person? Our monthly virtual Sketchbook Club takes a work from our collection as inspiration for a 30-minute sketching activity. Doodling is also encouraged.
Learn something new—in person and at home
- Explore the complexities of Latinx art in the United States in a day-long series of lectures (January 20)
- Learn about Mayan writing (also known as glyphs) in this year’s 72nd Mellon Lectures series (begins April 16).
- Can’t join in person? Our virtual The Art of Looking series offers a perfect lunch break over art.
Get the full picture with fresh stories and videos
Have you ever wondered how a painting was made? Or why Vermeer is so famous? Our website features a range of stories about art and artists, their inspirations, and the unexpected connections to our world today. Here are some highlights:
- Enter the lively world of John Singer Sargent’s brushwork
- Meet Vermeer’s fiercest fans
- Discover the deadly business of the Dutch quest for salt
Check out our YouTube channel to get a behind-the-scenes look and learn something new:
Renew and recharge throughout the year
In spring, the National Gallery reawakens with blooming wisteria along our West Building, cherry blossoms outside the East Building, our famed azaleas display in the Rotunda, and the return of our four fountains—hidden places for refuge in the heart of the city.
In summer, beat the heat inside our East and West Building and at our Sculpture Garden fountain. Enjoy live music at our popular, free summer concert series Jazz in the Garden, or cool down in the shady rest areas adjacent to our Mall entrance.
Visit your favorite work of art or find a new one
Did you know we have more than 2,000 artworks on view? Take advantage of our website to explore what you can see in the museum at any given time. You can even search specifically for Sculptures, Paintings, Decorative art, Prints, Drawings, and Photographs, or discover works that have recently entered our collection.
We offer many free, daily guided tours to learn about topics ranging from the Renaissance to modern art.
While sections of the West Building’s Main Floor will be temporarily closed throughout 2023 for renovations, we’ll always have a selection of highlights you to enjoy on the Ground Floor. Talk to a Visitor Experience Representative to find your way — we’re here to help!
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