National Gallery of Art: New exhibits opening in September

The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC.
The National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. (Public domain photo)

WASHINGTON, August 28, 2014 – Washington’s fall performing arts and museum schedules are about to unfold, and we’ll be covering them here in a series of articles listing the highlights. We hope these previews and highlights will help you book your own learning and entertainment schedules this season.

First up is the National Gallery of Art. As everyone in town already knows, the Gallery boasts one of the finest collections of artworks in the world. But, like most major museums, it also features special showings and traveling exhibits of limited duration.

Here’s a list of exhibits that will be opening at the National Gallery starting in September 2014:


From Neoclassicism to Futurism: Italian Prints and Drawings, 1800–1925

September 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015, Ground Floor of the West Building

The Gallery regards Italian prints and drawings undertaken during the years from 1800-1925 as providing a key to Italian nationalistic sentiment as modern Italy came of age. In the later years during this period, they also chart the gradual rise of Italian Fascism as well as the contribution by Italian artists to what’s generally termed the “Futurist” movement.

Given the historical and artistic importance of these neglected works, the Gallery has amassed a considerable collection of Italian prints and drawings that rivals those collected by Italian museums themselves. This month, the National Gallery is mounting its first exhibit of these fascinating works, allowing many of us to have a glimpse into this interesting artistic tent for the very first time.


Modern American Prints and Drawings from the Kainen Collection

September 1, 2014 – February 1, 2015, Ground Floor of the West Building

This third and final exhibition in this series presents a selection of modern American holdings—exceptional prints and drawings from the first three-quarters of the twentieth century. Collected by Ruth and Jacob Kainen, they are part of a substantial donation consisting primarily of prints, drawings, and rare illustrated books, according to the museum’s write-up.

The Gallery’s description continues:

The first room [of the current exhibit] explores the period leading up to World War II, in which many artists, such as Childe Hassam and Stuart Davis, departed from strict representation. The second room moves toward pure abstraction in the postwar period with works by Jackson Pollock, David Smith, and Willem de Kooning.


From the Library: The Book Illustrations by Romeyn de Hooghe

September 13, 2014 – January 25, 2015, Ground Floor of the West Building

The Gallery regards Romeyn de Hooghe (1645–1708), known primarily as a book illustrator, as a figure who “can help us to unravel the complexities of the late Dutch Golden Age.”

The Gallery’s write-up further notes that

At a time when the Dutch Republic enjoyed great wealth and colonial expansion while also becoming embroiled in often tense interactions with its European neighbors, de Hooghe was commissioned for all manner of book projects. He provided etchings and decorative frontispieces for scholarly works, such as emblem books, histories, and works of literature, many of which he also authored; he illustrated works of piety, cartography, and festival books; and he published, sometimes anonymously, political satire and commentary. De Hooghe was involved in all aspects of late seventeenth-century life. Though we do not know where he studied, this prolific artist was certainly influenced by the work of Sir Peter Paul Rubens (1577–1640), and in turn he influenced many printmakers and illustrators of the early eighteenth century.

In spite of all this, de Hooghe was forgotten and neglected until fairly recently. This exhibit is meant to introduce his work and times to a new century.


Captain Linnaeus Tripe: Photographer of India and Burma, 1852–1860

September 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015, Ground Floor of the West Building

In association with the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum, the National Gallery has collaborated in mounting the first major traveling exhibition of photographs by Captain Linnaeus Tripe (1822–1902). Captain Tripe, under the East India Company banner, took numerous, excellent photographs of monuments, religious buildings and landscapes, primarily in India and Burma (currently known as Myanmar), revealing many of these pictorial subjects to Western eyes for the very first time. Museum fans in DC, New York and the UK will get a chance to encounter Captain Tripe’s photography anew in this traveling collection of 60 works,

After the exhibit wraps here on January 4, 2015, it will open at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, running from February 24–May 25, 2015; and then travel to the Victoria & Albert Museum, London, where it will run from June 23–October 11, 2015.

WHERE: The National Gallery of Art complex is located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets NW along Constitution Avenue NW.

The address: 6th Street and Constitution Avenue NW Washington, DC.

Monday–Saturday: 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Sunday: 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

Sculpture Garden Summer Hours:
 Monday–Thursday & Saturday, 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Friday, 10:00 a.m.–9:30 p.m.
Sunday, 11:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m.

The Gallery is Closed:
 Christmas Day, December 25, and New Year’s Day, January 1.

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