Conversations at The Kreeger Museum

Conversations at The Kreeger Museum

The Conversations program makes such a difference in Mom's life. She loves art and music, so the opportunity to spend time enjoying the beautiful Kreeger Museum, seeing and discussing a striking work of art and then listening to a fabulous music program is such a treat. It lifts her spirits and brings her such joy and makes her feel like her old self.

– Daughter of participant

, a program for individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers, provides a forum for dialogue and connection through art and music. Each hour-long program includes an interactive gallery talk and a musical component provided by our partner, Levine Music. The experience is designed to stimulate reflection, reduce stress, and increase communication and sociability.

Offered the second and third Monday of each month at 11 am and 2 pm, this program is free but registration is required. Please call (202) 337-3050 x 318 or email

Schedule: Fall 2017

Registration for the fall will begin on August 1.

October: The Architecture of The Kreeger Museum

Philip Johnson's building is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The architecture is a habitable work of art that draws from many influences—the Roman villa, the Islamic dome, the International style. We will talk about these influences on Johnson, architecture as art, and the importance of space and light to our well-being.

October 16 – 11 am and 2 pm

November: Georges Braque's Vanitas

Georges Braque
Georges Braque, The Easel (Le chevalet) or Vase, Palette and Skull, 1938, oil and sand on canvas, 36 1/8 x 36 1/4 inches.

Braque is celebrated for his Cubist collaboration with Picasso. This collaboration ended with the start of WWI, a war in which Braque suffered a head injury. Braque’s 1939 Vase, Palette, Skull seems to remember this injury and the fragility of life. We will try to puzzle out the meaning of the painting and ask whether everything, including art, is mere human vanity.

November 13 – 11 am and 2 pm.    CANCELLED
November 20 – 11 am and 2 pm 


December: Monet's Sunset at Pourville

Claude Monet, Sunset at Pourville, 1882, oil on canvas, 23 5/8 x 32 1/8 inches

Monet's Sunset at Pourville captures the light of a sunset over the water. Impressionist paintings such as this invite us to experience the wonder and beauty of nature as light constantly changes its features. Monet explored this theme through out his lifetime of work, ultimately creating a dialogue on light, modernity, and its urbanizing effect on people.

December 11 – 11 am and 2 pm


Conversations art talks are offered on the 2nd and 3rd Monday of each month (except major holidays and the months of July and August) at 11am or 2 pm. All programs last approximately 60 minutes. There is no charge.

• Please call 202-337-3050 x318 or Group visits are also available.

At least one family member or caregiver should accompany the individual with memory loss.
Programs are wheelchair accessible and free on-site parking is available.


To make a tax-deductible donation to Conversations at The Kreeger Museum, click here.

For corporate or foundation sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Helen Chason, Museum Director, at 202-337-3050 x23 or email

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