Past Exhibitions

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Objects from the Studio: The Sculptor’s Process

June 1 - September 30, 2021

This exhibition brings together maquettes, sketches, and other objects from sculptors’ studios to explore how outdoor sculptures are made, focusing on works from The Kreeger Museum’s Sculpture Garden. The show offers insight into the artistic process, from preliminary drawings to handcrafted models. Artists include Kendall Buster, Richard Deutsch, John L. Dreyfuss, Carol Brown Goldberg, Dalya Luttwak, and Foon Sham.

Foon Sham, Sketch C for Revolve, 2008, Pencil on tracing paper

Curated by Danielle O'Steen, Ph.D.


Extended through June 30, 2021

The Kreeger Museum is pleased to present TRACES, an exhibition featuring regional artists Billy Friebele, Roxana Alger Geffen, Rania Hassan, Sebastian Martorana, Katherine Tzu-Lan Mann, Antonio McAfee, Brandon Morse, and Johab Silva. Guest curated by Sarah Tanguy, the show explores how the past evokes shifting memories while suggesting new and present narratives. Rich in representation and abstraction, TRACES encompasses painting, photography, mixed media, sculpture, sound, and video, and includes several site-responsive installations. As the artists dialogue with their source materials, they mine the many meanings of “trace” as noun and verb, and engage the themes of displacement, connectivity and transformation. Variously inspired by personal and cultural history, the natural and built environments, and the human condition, they offer an impassioned take on the issues of the day and suggest possible futures to come. 

Antonio McAfee, The Gem, 2019, Pigment print, 42 x 57 3/4 in., Edition: 1 of 5 + A.P., Courtesy of the artist

In the Press

"The Kreeger Museum has reopened, with an art exhibition that probes the vestiges of the past"
Washington Post, April 13, 2021

Digital Exhibition Catalogue

Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection

The Kreeger Museum’s Postwar and Contemporary art holdings return to the lower level galleries, including works by five Washington-based artists: William Christenberry, Gene Davis, Sam Gilliam, Willem de Looper, and Paul Reed. The lower galleries also highlight the Museum’s outstanding collection of African masks.

Paul Reed, 29, 1965, Acrylic on canvas, Gift of Joan Reed Roberts in memory of Esther K. Reed


Charles Hinman: Structures, 1965–2014

Charles Hinman is a New York-based abstract painter who pioneered three-dimensional, shaped canvases starting in the 1960s. This is the first museum show of works by Hinman in the Washington area and the first survey in more than 30 years. Hinman is best known for his compositions that emerge from the wall in a collection of hand-built and multicolored planes, expanding the conventional space of the canvas. Guest curated by Danielle O’Steen, the exhibition offers a look at 50 years of the artist’s innovative work.
Charles Hinman, Sails, 1965, Acrylic on shaped canvas, 34 x 36 x 6 1/2 inches, The Kreeger Museum.​

Recent Gifts from the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Recent Gifts from the Corcoran Gallery of Art introduces several works given to The Kreeger Museum as part of the Corcoran Collection Distribution. The addition of these works to the Permanent Collection adds depth to the narrative of modern American painting and sculpture in the 20th Century and Contemporary Galleries.

Joan Mitchell, Untitled, 1965, Gift of the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art


Reinstallation of the Permanent Collection: Phase I

Guest curated by modern art historian Harry Cooper, the reinstallation introduces works that have not been on view for several years, while offering fresh perspectives on collection favorites.
Phase I of the reinstallation, which opened September 19, 2017, comprises the Museum’s main floor galleries and focuses on 19th- and early 20th-century painting and works on paper. Objects on view for the first time in several years include an early portrait by Edvard Munch, two winter landscapes by Impressionist painter Alfred Sisley, a mature pastoral scene by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, and a signature Surrealist landscape by French painter Yves Tanguy.

Edvard Munch, Klemens Stang with Hat Seated on the Veranda, 1886, oil on canvas, on panel, 12 1/2 x 7 1/2 inches, The Kreeger Museum.

Second Nature: Portuguese Contemporary Art from the EDP Foundation Collection

A multi-media group exhibition of Portuguese art of the 21st century, Second Nature is both a portrait of recent artistic production in Portugal and an exploration of the relationship between human culture and the environment. Working in media ranging from watercolor to photography to video, artists in the exhibition consider the tension between the concept of an untouched natural world—a popular subject in art history—and the ways humans have dominated and reshaped the environment using modern technology.

Alexandre Estrela, Wood Cuts, Wood Rings, 2009, video projection, DVD (PAL), color, mono sound, 4:3; loop and wood structure, 64 x 73 1⁄2 x 79 inches

Against the Day by Richard Deutsch

The Kreeger Museum is pleased to present Against the Day, 2007, a recently acquired work by California sculptor Richard Deutsch that occupies the North Lawn of the Museum. A gift from the Chevy Chase Land Company of Montgomery County, Maryland, Against the Day comprises eight distinct sculptures: five white granite “benches” surround a central row of three geometric forms in white, red, and black granite.

Richard Deutsch, Against the Day, 2007, granite, The Kreeger Museum. Photo by Colin Winterbottom.


2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the completion of The Kreeger Museum building.  It was designed by architect, Philip Johnson, in 1964 and completed in 1967.  The Museum has asked two prominent Washington architects, Michael E. Hickok, FAIA and Yolanda Cole, FAIA, of Hickok Cole Architects to conceive and curate a special exhibit celebrating this occasion.  

RE-VISION Artists:  Cynthia Connolly, Frank Hallam Day, Avi Gupta, Max Hirshfeld, Franz Jantzen, and Colin Winterbottom

Philip Johnson with model of the building, 1967

JOAN MIRÓ: From the Collection of The Kreeger Museum

The Kreeger Museum presents an intimate special exhibition, JOAN MIRÓ From The Collection of The Kreeger Museum, January 21 - February 25, 2017.  The Kreeger’s complete collection of works by Joan Miró will be on view, including The Mallorca SuiteMakimono, and El Vol de l’Alosa (The Flight of the Lark).

Joan Miró, The Mallorca Suite (Srie Mallorca), 1973. 36 etched engravings and aquatint, 17 x 25 inches. Collection of The Kreeger Museum

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