FREE Public Programs at the Corcoran!

January 28, 2011


How do I sign-up for a program?

To register for any Spring 2011 programs simply enter the Discount ID: CorcoranSpring2011 during the online checkout process at  Corcoran students, faculty and staff 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 Corcoran student, staff, or faculty.



Give Me Your Hand

Sunday, February 13, 4 p.m.

Co-sponsored with the US-Ireland Alliance

In Give Me Your Hand, celebrated Irish poet Paul Durcan has taken some of the most famous paintings in the world, and interpreted them with his own unique, poetic voice. Join two of Ireland’s most eminent actors, Dearbhla Molloy and Dermot Crowley, for an imaginative stroll through the National Gallery in London to discover afresh everyone from van Gogh and Van Eyck, to Rubens and Gainsborough, through the unique prism of Paul Durcan’s imagination. A light reception follows the performance.

Roger Gastman Takes to the Streets

Thursday, February 17, 7 p.m.

For over 15 years, Roger Gastman has been at the cutting edge of the street culture and graffiti art movements. Gastman founded and published two of the most respected pop-culture magazines: While You Were Sleeping and Swindle, and produced over a dozen art books highlighting all aspects of street culture. A leading expert on the history of graffiti and a trusted mediator between the underground art scenes and mainstream culture, Gastman facilitated the donation of a piece by iconic Washington, D.C. graffiti artist Danny Hogg, “Cool Disco Dan,” which is now included in the Corcoran’s permanent collection installation, Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945. On this evening, Roger Gastman takes us through the underground world of graffiti and street art, and discusses the history of graffiti here in D.C.

Color Painting’s Pedigree

Thursday, February 24, 7 p.m.

Art critic Paul Richard wrote for The Washington Post for more than 40 years. In this illustrated talk, he will recollect a story which he covered for the Post, of Color Field painting's Washington appearance, its precedents, promises, strictures, and disputes. Following the talk, participants are invited to view the Corcoran’s exhibition Washington Color and Light.


Musical Evening Series: Klavier Trio Amsterdam

Friday, February 4, 8 p.m.

Sponsored by Bethesda MRI & CT

Joan Berkhemer, Nadia David, and Klara Würtz, each a seasoned soloist, have created a highly accomplished trio, which has received international critical acclaim. The trio won top honors at the Colmar Chamber Music Competition, and The Washington Post raved that their appearance in 2006 was “one of the most superb chamber music concerts of the season.” A light reception follows the concert.

Program: Beethoven, Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3; Beethoven, Piano Trio in G Major (‘Kakadu Variations’), Op. 121a; Saint-Saens, Piano Trio No. 2 in E minor, Op. 92


The Cool School

Thursday, February 3, 6:30 p.m.

From 1957 to 1966, the Ferus Gallery was the catalyst of modern art in Los Angeles, shaping the art scene from a loose band of idealistic beatniks into a vibrant community of brilliant artists, including Ed Kienholz, Craig Kauffman, Wallace Berman, and Robert Irwin, among others. The Ferus also played a pivotal role in launching the careers of art world luminaries such as Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, and Jasper Johns. In his acclaimed documentary film, The Cool School, director Morgan Neville weaves together the story of how the Ferus Gallery built an art scene from scratch and forever changed the cultural climate of the West Coast. Following the screening, audience members are invited to view Robert Irwin’s work, Gypsy Switch, on view now.



Washington Color and Light

Through March 6

This exhibition presents major works by the artists associated with the Washington Color School and their contemporaries. The exhibition—which includes works by Gene Davis, Tom Downing, Sam Gilliam, Morris Louis, Howard Mehring, and Kenneth Noland—reveals the artistic innovations and individual approaches that shaped new directions in abstract painting and sculpture from the 1950s through the late 1970s.

Support for the installation of Washington Color and Light is made possible in part by the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities.

Robert Irwin: Gypsy Switch

Through March 6

Robert Irwin seeks to expand the realm of human perception through art and architecture. For over five decades Irwin has challenged the conventions of his field. Gypsy Switch, 2010, is a work that addresses color, light, and space.


Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945

This installation highlights the strengths of the modern and contemporary art holdings, and provides a sense of the range of ideas that animate postwar and contemporary art. Major works by Lee Bontecou, Robert Colescott, Ellsworth Kelly, Ernesto Neto, Cy Twombly, and Andy Warhol are presented, some of which have never been shown before.

Photography and Media Arts

Through May

During the 1970s, artist Richard Gordon created Meta Photographs, a book and portfolio that explores the self-referential nature of photography in a series of ironic, humorous scenes. Comprised of 47 photographs that refer to other images, to the camera, or to the act of looking, Meta Photographs confirms the significance of photography in American culture. A selection of works from this series is on view. Also on view is Framed: Street Photography from the Collection, a small exhibition that considers the various ways in which photographers work with the unpredictable nature of the street. Beginning with Eugene Atget, who documented Paris around the turn of the 20th century, this show features street photographs made by such key figures as Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Helen Levitt, Joel Meyerowitz, and Frank Paulin.