National Gallery of Art – Newsletter January 2011

National Gallery of Art

Newsletter – Juanuary 2011

National Gallery of Art
Larger Than Life: Ter Brugghen’s “Saint Sebastian Tended by Irene”

Two of Hendrick ter Brugghen’s greatest masterpieces—this beautiful and haunting history painting from the Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin, Ohio, and the Gallery’s own striking and luminous genre painting, Bagpipe Player—are exhibited together for the first time.

January 21–May 15
Dutch and Flemish Collection, Gallery 44
West Building
Chuck Close, Fanny/Fingerpainting (1985)

This masterful portrait showing the grandmother of the artist’s wife—one of the largest examples of the fingerpainting technique that Close (b. 1940) developed in the mid-1980s—has returned to the East Building’s modern and contemporary galleries.

Modern and Contemporary Collection, Concourse Galleries
East Building
Lecture and Book Signing
The Sculpture of Edgar Degas at the National Gallery of Art: Launch of a Landmark Publication

Celebrating the publication of the Gallery’s newest systematic catalogue, Edgar Degas Sculpture, Gallery conservators Shelley Sturman and Daphne Barbour and independent scholar Suzanne G. Lindsay discuss their extensive research on the art, history, and techniques of Degas’ sculptures. The Gallery holds the greatest collection in the world of lifetime sculptures by the artist, and the volume presents this unique collection of 52 works in wax, clay, and plaster, as well as a dozen cast bronzes and one plaster, produced posthumously. (50 mins.)

January 30, 2:00
East Building Auditorium
Special Lecture Series
The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and Pre-Raphaelitism

See The Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848–1875, then listen to one of lecturer David Gariff’s talks examining the works of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood in the context of painting in Victorian-era Britain and Europe. “PRB”: The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (January 7), Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Pre-Raphaelite Dream (January 14), and Aesthetic Pre-Raphaelitism (January 18). (Image: Dante Gabriel Rossetti, Jane Morris [The Blue Silk Dress], detail, 1868, oil on canvas. By Permission of the Society of Antiquaries of London)

January 7, 14, and 18, 2:00
West Building Lecture Hall
ASL at the NGA

Tours of the West Building collection are offered in American Sign Language (ASL), with voice interpretation in English, on the second Sunday of each month. (60 mins.) In addition to these regularly scheduled tours, sign language interpreters are also available by appointment for tours of the permanent collection and tours of special exhibitions.

Second Sundays, 1:00
West Building, Rotunda
Film Program

From the January film series Neorealismo 1941–1954: Days of Glory, Luchino Visconti’s legendary Ossessione (1942) is shown in a beautiful 35 mm print from the collection of Cinecitta in Rome. The film transposes James M. Cain’s 1934 American novel The Postman Always Rings Twice to Mussolini’s Italy and a scenic Po Valley setting, enhancing the narrative with melodramatic accents and a poetic naturalism worthy of writers like Pavese. (Image: Still from Ossessione, Luchino Visconti, 1942, Italian with subtitles, 140 mins., Photofest)

January 15, 4:30

East Building Auditorium

Concerts in January include the National Gallery Orchestra’s ever-popular New Year concert on the 9th. Norwegian guest conductor Bjarte Engeset will conduct favorites by Grieg, Sousa, and other Norwegian and American composers. The concert is the culmination of the six-month-long festival “Norway Comes to Washington.” Another highlight will be the American String Quartet’s performance on January 2, the first of a set of six concerts in which all of Beethoven’s string quartets will be played. (Image: American String Quartet, photo by Peter Schaaf)

January 2 and 9, 6:30
West Building, West Garden Court
Film Program for Children and Teens
Animated Adventures (ages 7 and up)

Award-winning animations explore themes of adventure and self-discovery, including The Ballad of Davy Crockett in Outer Space (Ru Kuwahata and Max Porter, USA, 2008); Space Travels According to John (Jamie Stone and Andres Jedenfors, Scotland, 2008); Vistas: Little Thunder (Nance Ackerman and Alan Syliboy, Canada, 2009); Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life (Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski, Canada, 2010); and Lost and Found (Philip Hunt, Great Britain, 2008). (60 mins.) (Image: Still from Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life, Copyright 2010 National Film Board of Canada and Warner Home Video)

January 8, 10:30; January 9, 11:30
East Building Auditorium
Arcimboldo, 1526-1593: Nature and Fantasy

Bizarre yet scientifically accurate, 16 examples of the fantastic composite heads painted by Giuseppe Arcimboldo are exhibited together for the first time in the United States. Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Durer, small bronzes, illustrated books and manuscripts, and ceramics provide a context for Arcimboldo’s inventions, revealing his debt to established traditions of physiognomic and nature studies.

Through January 9
East Building
In the Tower: Mark Rothko

The second in a series of Tower exhibitions focusing on contemporary art and its roots offers a rare look at the black-on-black paintings Mark Rothko made in 1964 in connection with his work on a chapel for the Menil Collection in Houston. A recording of Morton Feldman’s Rothko Chapel (1971), the music originally composed for that space, accompanies the exhibition. A 10-minute film examines Rothko’s career and his development of a style that infused abstract painting with emotional significance.

Through January 9
East Building
Pre-Raphaelite Lens: British Photography and Painting, 1848-1875

Searching for new ways to represent the natural world and the human form and to communicate stories, Victorian-era British photographers and Pre-Raphaelite painters shattered traditional approaches to picture making. The exhibition includes 100 photographs and 20 paintings and watercolors by such leading artists as Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, John Everett Millais, and Dante Gabriel Rossetti.

Through January 30
West Building
Andrew Wyeth, Snow Flurries, 1953
tempera on panel
National Gallery of Art
Gift of Dr. Margaret I. Handy

One of Andrew Wyeth’s most haunting and abstract works in tempera is this winter study of the landscape around the Kuerner farm in Chadds Ford, PA. The rolling countryside is redolent of the history of the Revolutionary War. By choosing an elevated vantage point and raising the horizon line, Wyeth enhanced the sense of the cold isolation and raw beauty of the place.

Modern and Contemporary Collection, Atrium Lobby

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~ by Stampfli & Turci on January 2, 2011.

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