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

is a program for individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers. Conversations provides a forum for dialogue and connection through art and music. Each program includes a musical component provided by our partner, Levine Music, and 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


2017 Schedule

January 9: 11am & 2pm

Arshile Gorky, Image in Khorkom, c 1938-39, oil on canvas

Gorky’s abstract paintings allow us to reflect on how artists influence one another and on how childhood memories offer rich material to the artist.


February 13: 11am & 2pm

Auguste Renoir, (with Richard Guino), Bust of Venus Victorious, 1914-16, bronze

February is the month when we celebrate love, but as Renoir’s Venus reveals love is complicated and full of intrigue and jealousy.


March 13 : 11am & 2pm
March 20: 11am & 2pm

Edvard Munch, Stang with Hat, Seated on the Veranda, 1886,
oil on canvas on panel 

Munch is famous for “The Scream” which speaks to the modern human condition. We are unsettled in the world, but we don’t know the source of our anxiety. This Munch, too, speaks to existential anxiety.

April 10:  11am & 2pm
April 17:  11am & 2pm

Face Mask, Bembe Democratic Republic of the Congo, wood, pigment


The abstract and representational nature of this beautiful mask speaks to its spiritual nature and the boundary that it allows one to traverse. We will think about its original meaning and its aesthetic significance for European artists.


May 8:  11am & 2 pm
May 15:  11am & 2 pm 

Vincent van Gogh, Bowl with Zinnias, 1886, oil on canvas

Zinnias are the flowers of summer.  They come in so many bright colors and delight the eye. It is fitting, then, that as van Gogh comes to Paris and experiments with the colors of the Impressionists, he paints a bowl of zinnias.

June 12:  11am & 2 pm
June 19:  11am & 2 pm

Isamu Noguchi, Soliloquy, 1962, bronze

Soliloquy is an elegant sculpture and we will think about how it evokes a sense of loneliness and vulnerability, perhaps akin to the loneliness and vulnerability that Noguchi felt as a Japanese- American.


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: Judy A. Greenberg, Museum Director, at 202-337-3050 x23 or email

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