What’s New on the National Gallery of Art Web-March 2009
What’s New on the NGA Web-March 2009
New exhibition Web feature : Pride of Place
The recently opened exhibition Pride of Place: Dutch Cityscapes of the Golden Age explores a genre of painting that emerged in the 17th century: the cityscape. The towns and cities of the Dutch Republic were experiencing a booming economy and were a source of enormous civic pride, visually expressed in panoramas of the urban skyline and scenes of daily life. Our Web feature offers slideshows, grouped by city, that pair artworks from the exhibition with modern-day photographs of locations in Amsterdam, The Hague, Dordrecht, Middleburg, and Nijmegen. Additional online resources, including the NGAkids “Dutch Dollhouse” interactive, related tours, and information on family weekend activities and lectures, can be accessed on our Web site.
This month’s featured artwork from the collection : Seated youth by Wilhelm Lehmbruck
Seated Youth represents the fullest synthesis of Wilhelm Lehmbruck’s sculptural style and is arguably his greatest achievement as an artist. Portraying a figure who is both survivor and mourner, the work is rooted in the context of World War I and Lehmbruck’s response to it. In the originality of its formal language and its deeply expressive content, Seated Youth influenced sculptors as diverse as Alberto Giacometti and Henry Moore. On view in the East Building, Upper Level, Gallery 403.
Summer 2009 Teacher Institute: Crosscurrents of American Art
The National Gallery of Art invites K–12 teachers to apply for its summer 2009 Teacher Institute, Crosscurrents of American Art. This six-day seminar will explore American art of the 18th and 19th centuries, emphasizing the country’s rich and diverse visual heritage. Individual sessions integrate art, social history, language arts, and learning theory through examination of the collections of the National Gallery. Online applications are due March 15. Further questions can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
New online tour : Vincent Van Gogh
Take an online tour of Vincent van Gogh’s art through this enlightening selection of paintings and drawings from the Gallery’s permanent collection. Looking closely at his landscapes and portraits, visitors will uncover much about the captivating artist and add to their knowledge of postimpressionism and French painting of the 19th century.
Resources for homeschoolers
The Gallery’s Web site offers a wealth of free online educational resources serving the needs of homeschoolers. NGA Classroom, a compendium of electronic teaching resources, offers dynamic in-depth studies on individual artists, works of art, and periods in art history as well as printable guides, worksheets, and lesson plans. NGA Loan Materials Finder is a searchable library of teaching packets, DVDs, CD-ROMs, posters, and curriculum materials available for free loan. NGAkids is a collection of interactive “learning to look” activities based on works of art in the National Gallery’s collection and special exhibitions. In its Art Zone, for example, kids may play with a Dutch dollhouse, compose a still life, or make interactive art online. The homeschooling guide provides information on self-guided and docent-led tours at the Gallery.
Final days to ice skate : Closing March 15, 2009
With spring around the corner, the Gallery’s much-loved ice-skating rink will be closing Sunday, March 15, 2009. As warmer weather returns, so too will the Sculpture Garden’s reflecting pool and fountain centerpiece, along with Friday-night “Jazz in the Garden” summer concerts.
Anatomy of an Exhibition : Art Nouveau, 1890–1914
This Web feature offers a glimpse behind the scenes during the planning and construction of Art Nouveau, 1890–1914, held at the Gallery in 2000–2001. Multimedia components include conversations with the exhibition’s Victoria and Albert Museum curator and the Gallery’s chief of exhibitions and chief of design; photo essays about the craftspeople who designed and built the exhibition spaces; timelines outlining the Art Nouveau period and the exhibition production process; a time-lapse movie of the exhibition’s construction; and a streaming audio tour focusing on 15 works in the installation.
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