FREE Public Programs at the Corcoran!

August 30, 2010

How do I sign-up for a program?

To register for any Fall 2010 programs simply enter the Discount ID: CCADFALL2010 during the online checkout process at

Full-time Corcoran Faculty and Students are admitted to programs FREE of charge. Please, remember that your “seat” is complimentary and for standing room only when programs are sold out or filled to capacity. To be guaranteed a seat you must purchase a ticket. Guests of students may have tickets purchased at the member price through the student.

Lectures, Events, and Performances

Volunteers are needed to help check-in guests as they arrive, manage crowds, waitlists, etc. at each public program and provide more hands-on help with a family workshops. If you are interested in being add to our volunteer list please e-mail


2 THURSDAY       Faculty Exhibition: New Work opening reception RECEPTION 6–8 p.m.

4 SATURDAY       Sketching in the Atrium Workshop 11 a.m. –3 p.m.

4 SATURDAY       Washington Revels Celebrate Americana Performance11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

9 THURSDAY       An Evening with Philip Glass Lecture 6:30 p.m.

11 SATURDAY    Spencer Finch: My Business, with the Cloud opens EXHIBITION

11 SATURDAY    Professional Development Workshop: Architecture as Art Workshop 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

19 SUNDAY         VERGE Ensemble Performance 4 p.m.

20 MONDAY       Puttin’ on the Ritz: Steve Ross Sings and Plays Fred Astaire Performance 7 p.m.

20 MONDAY       Business and Professional Women’s Fall Luncheon Lecture 11:20 a.m.–1:30 p.m.

22 WEDNESDAY                Seymour Chwast Lecture 7 p.m.

26 SUNDAY         Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration closes


2010-2011 Musical Evening Series

Concerts begin at 8 p.m.

A light reception follows each performance.

For more information, visit, or call (202) 639-1770.

Friday, October 8, 2010 Danish String Quartet

Friday, January 28, 2011 Ariel Quartet with Roger Tapping

Friday, February 4, 2011 Klavier Trio Amsterdam

Friday, March 25, 2011 Hugo Wolf Quartett



An Evening with Philip Glass

Thursday, September 9, 6:30 p.m.

Philip Glass has become one of America’s most influential and renowned composers. On this intimate evening, Glass discusses his illustrious career and reflects on his many collaborative projects with Chuck Close and other art world luminaries. Following the talk, audience members are invited to visit the exhibition Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration.

Seymour Chwast

Wednesday, September 22, 7 p.m.

One of the most important figures in graphic design and illustration, Seymour Chwast’s award-winning work has revolutionized the way people look at design. Chwast’s conceptual, colorful, and relevant designs have earned him an international reputation. On this scintillating evening, Chwast discusses his life and career—from attending WPA-sponsored art classes to co-founding Push Pin Studios with Milton Glaser—and what inspires his iconic designs.


Washington Revels Celebrate Americana

Saturday, September 4, 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

To complement the Corcoran’s collection of historic American Art, the Washington Revels—a Washington-area institution for over 25 years—present a program celebrating the songs and traditions of early American life.

VERGE ensemble

Sunday, September 19, 4 p.m.

VERGE ensemble opens its 37th season with a concert of vibrant new music representing an imaginative spectrum of composers from across the US. The program includes the world premiere of Wesley Fuller’s for phases/cycles 2009 for viola and computer performed by violist John Pickford Richards. Well known in the electronic music arena, Fuller is Professor of Music, Emeritus, at Clark University, where he founded the Clark Computer Music Studio, and co-founded the Tri-College Group for Electronic Music and Related Research. VERGE will also perform Hazmat Sextet by David Smooke and the trio Resonance by Eric Slegowski, both local composers. Composer Ken Ueno and video artist Harvey Goldman collaborated to create the fresh and evocative video Sabinium, an abstract animation loosely based on an early Roman mythological tale, the founding of Rome by Romulus and his followers.

Puttin’ on the Ritz: Steve Ross Sings and Plays Fred Astaire

Monday, September 20, 7 p.m.

Steve Ross, called “the smoothest cabaret act in the world” by the London Times, presents a program of songs—from Broadway to Hollywood—sung and danced to by the great Fred Astaire. With his debonair style, Steve Ross performs S’ Wonderful, A Foggy DayDancing in the Dark, and Cheek to Cheek—among other favorites.


Professional Development Workshop: Architecture as Art

Saturday, September 11, 10 a.m.–1 p.m.

Pre-registration is required.

Referencing the works of artist Spencer Finch, participants discuss how contemporary architecture influences art and art making. Curriculum connections between art and architecture past and present— with a particular focus on the architecture of Washington, D.C.—will be discussed and demonstrated through hands-on writing and art-making exercises.



Abstract in Fact

Saturday, October 2, 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Sharpen your eye for geometry as you explore colorful shapes, diagonal lines, and puzzling forms on this visit to NOW, the Corcoran’s contemporary gallery. Following your tour, piece together primary colors and quirky shapes to create your own silk-screen abstraction on cotton paper.


1 FRIDAY                NOW at Night 8 p.m.-12 a.m.

2 SATURDAY          Abstract in Fact! Workshop 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

8 FRIDAY                Musical Evening Series: Danish String Quartet Performance 8 p.m.

9 SATURDAY          Graduate Open House 12–2 p.m.

12 TUESDAY          A Life of Style Lecture 7 p.m.

13 WEDNESDAY    Stealing the Ghent Altarpiece Lecture 7 p.m.

20 WEDNESDAY    Chris Madden: The Soul of a House Lecture 7 p.m.

26 TUESDAY          The Family Jams Film 7 p.m.

28 THURSDAY       I Wonder Lecture 7 p.m.



Tuesday, October 12

7 p.m.

A Life of Style

Join fashion, décor, and product designer and illustrator, Rebecca Moses, as she explores the secrets to individual style creation. A veteran of the fashion and lifestyle industries, Moses’ work has been featured in Women’s Wear Daily, Vogue, Elle, Town & Country, and Harper’s Bazaar. Following the talk, Moses signs copies of her new book, A Life of Style (The Monacelli Press, 9/2010).

Wednesday, October 13

7 p.m.

Stealing the Ghent Altarpiece

Jan van Eyck’s Ghent Altarpiece is on any art historian’s list of the ten most important paintings ever made. It is also the most frequently stolen artwork of all time. Join Noah Charney—author, scholar, and founding director of the Association for Research into Crimes against Art—as he tells the dramatic story of the most coveted piece of artwork in history. Following the talk, Charney signs copies of his newest book, Stealing the Mystic Lamb (Public Affairs, 2010).

Wednesday, October 20

7 p.m.

Chris Madden: The Soul of a House

Join celebrity designer Chris Madden as she walks you through her turn-of-the-century carriage house in suburban New York and her mid-century modern getaway in rural Vermont, as depicted in her 17th book The Soul of a House (Rizzoli, 10/2010). Lush gardens, personal spaces, and layered mementos will all be unveiled as Madden opens the doors to her own places of refuge for the first time.

Thursday, October 28

7 p.m.

I Wonder

Marian Bantjes is one of today’s most innovative typographic illustrators and graphic designers. Her whimsical custom typography and highly ornamental and detailed art work have earned her international recognition and an enthusiastic cult following. On this evening, Bantjes discusses her unique graphic work and signs copies of her new book, I Wonder (Monacelli Press, 9/28).


Friday, October 8

8 p.m.

Musical Evening Series: Danish String Quartet

Presented in partnership with the Royal Danish Embassy / Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Denmark

“These musicians play with tremendous energy, complete understanding of the idiom and consistently appealing tone.” –International Record Review

Program: Schubert, Quartettsatz in C minor, D.703; Mozart, String Quartet in C Major, K. 465, “Dissonance”; Nielsen, String Quartet in G minor, Op. 13


Tuesday, October 26

7 p.m.

The Family Jams

In his documentary film, The Family Jams, musician and filmmaker Kevin Barker captures three young musical acts—Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, and Vetiver—touring the country early in their careers. Filmed in the summer of 2004, The Family Jams is an intimate portrait of life on the road for these musicians, playing obscure clubs but on the verge of larger success. Kevin Barker introduces his film and takes questions following the screening.


Saturday, October 2

10:30 a.m.–12 p.m.

Abstract in Fact!

$12 Member; $15 Public

Sharpen your eye for geometry as you explore colorful shapes, diagonal lines, and puzzling forms on this visit to NOW, the Corcoran’s contemporary gallery. Following your tour, piece together primary colors and quirky shapes to create your own silk-screen abstraction on cotton paper. Workshops are limited to children ages 8–12 and their adult companions. Space is limited and advance registration is required.