Archived Programs

Saturday, July 14
Picnic Day in the Sculpture Garden

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

Bring the family for a picnic on the lawn and enjoy views of contemporary sculpture throughout the Sculpture Garden. Kids (and adults!) are invited to explore and interact with Richard Deutsch's Against the Day in the north corner of the Sculpture Garden. Picnic blankets are welcome!

Saturday, June 30, 10:30 - 11:30am
Yoga by the Reflecting Pool

Join local visual artist, sound artist, yogi and meditation guide, Jeneen Piccuirro, for a one hour class carefully guiding you through a gentle yoga class, set to the meditative sounds of crystal bowl accompaniment. 

Saturday, June 23, 2:00 - 3:00pm

The Stuff of Thought: A Gallery Talk on Arshile Gorky’s Image in Khorkom

Arshille Gorky, Image in Khorkom, c. 1938-39, Oil on canvas

"My recollections of Armenia open new visions for me. My art is therefore a growth art where forms, pines, shapes, memories of Armenia germinate, breathe, expand and contract, multiply and thereby create new paths for exploration". ­- Arshile Gorky

Born Vostanik Manoug Adoian in the village of Khokorm near Lake Van in the Ottoman Empire, Arshile Gorky (c. 1902 – 1948) was one of the most influential painters of the 20th century. The land of his birth—as well as the loss and suffering experienced in it—found its way into an extraordinary body of work. One such painting, Image in Khokorm, is now on view in the Kreeger galleries. Join us for a spirited talk on this piece and what it says about the place, longing, and creativity led by museum docent Irene Abrahamian. The afternoon will include light refreshments and composer, pianist, and vocalist Levon Mikayelyan will share a short program of pieces inspired by the painting. Presented in association with Armenia: Creating Home, a program of the 2018 Smithsonian Folklife Festival, which opens June 27 on the National Mall. 

Thursday, June 21 - Saturday, June 23

By The People Festival

The Kreeger Museum joins this year's By The People festival as a satellite site. By The People is an international arts and dialogue festival taking place across Washington, D.C. June 21-24. The inaugural festival is presented by Halcyon House, a D.C.-based nonprofit incubator for socially engaged artists and social entrepreneurs. Learn more about the event and check out events across the city here

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Saturday, June 2, 2 - 3pm
Gallery Talk: Isamu Noguchi

Isamu Noguchi, Soliloquy, 1962, Bronze (numbered 1/6), with 
base, 91 3/4 18 x 18 inches

Joanna Baker, Head of Collection Management will discuss sculptor, Isamu Noguchi, focusing on Soliloquy, from the Museum's collection. The talk will explore some of the influences that shaped Noguchi's work, and will investigate connections between Soliloquy and works by other artists from the Museum's collection.


Friday, May 18, 7:00 - 8:30pm

Celebrate Arts Education with Live It Learn It

Join us in raising funds to support our arts education programs with Live It Learn It.
The evening includes a cocktail reception and performances by Davey Yarborough and the Jazz Arts Institute, as well as djembe drummer Manny Arciniega

 Saturday, May 5, 2 - 3pm

Gallery Talk

Join David Hawkins, Head of Education, for an introductory tour on the architecture of The Kreeger Museum. The tour will explore Philip Johnson's vision for this unique building and the collaboration between builder, client, and architect.
Free. Reservations not required.

Saturday, April 28 at 10:30am - noon

International Sculpture Day Tour

Sculpture Garden Tour, 11:00am
Join a docent-led tour of our Sculpture Garden to celebrate International Sculpture Day. The tour will cover highlights of several contemporary sculptures located throughout the Museum's grounds.

Meet Artists in the Sculpture Garden, 10:30am - noon
We have invited some local sculptors to discuss their works that are on display in the Sculpture Garden. Explore their websites ahead of your visit to learn more about their work.

Free. Reservations not required.

Saturday, April 28 at 2 pm
The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir

The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir joins The Kreeger Museum for a performance in the Great Hall. Under the artistic direction of Gregory Watkins, the ensemble will perform a variety of selected songs and crafted arrangements. The MusicianShip Washington Youth Choir is a year-round performance ensemble, which provides an educational experience geared toward talented and driven young vocalists in the DC Metropolitan area. The MusicianShip is a charitable non-profit organization that facilitates music lessons, experiences and opportunities, focused particularly on at-risk youth who benefit most from positive outreach and music scholarship preparation.

Saturday, April 21 at 8 pm

Harlem Quartet with Aldo López-Gavilán

Photo by Juan-Miguel Hernandez.

Harlem Quartet’s collaboration with Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán offers a joyously energetic concert experience. This collaboration sees López-Gavilán reunited with his older brother Ilmar, who left Cuba at age fourteen and went on to co-found Harlem Quartet. López-Gavilán and Harlem Quartet showcase scintillating chemistry in a broad variety of repertoire. Selections will include American jazz standards and several original compositions from López-Gavilán.

7 pm: Doors and light refreshments
8 pm: Concert

Epílogo, Aldo López-Gavilán
The Girl from IpanemaAntônio Carlos Jobim
A Night in TunisiaDizzy Gillespie 
Viernes de CiudadAldo López-Gavilán
Take the A TrainBilly Strayhorn
Talking to the UniverseAldo López-Gavilán
EclipseAldo López-Gavilán
Aegean DreamAldo López-Gavilán
Pan con TimbaAldo López-Gavilán


Thursday, March 22, 6 pm

Artist Conversation
Commissioning Cultural Diplomacy: Art in Embassies Curator Sarah Tanguy in Conversation with Artist Anton Ginzburg

Stargaze: Orion by Anton Ginzburg
Anton Ginzburg, "Stargaze: Orion," 2016 (visualization), stainless steel, patinated bronze, paint, 267 x 96 x 132 in. (678 x 244 x 335 cm), U.S. Department of State, Art in Embassies.

Dedicated to cultural diplomacy through the visual arts, the U.S. Department of State’s Office of Art in Embassies is forging new public art models for U.S. diplomatic missions overseas. Highlighting Anton Ginzburg’s recent outdoor commission, Stargaze: Orion, at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, Tanguy and Ginzburg will discuss the development of thematically specific work, the importance of cross-cultural exchange, and the special parameters of placing art on diplomatic grounds.

5:30 pm: Doors
6 pm: Conversation
7:30 pm: Light refreshments

Tickets: $15 general / $12 members

Saturday, February 17, 2–3 pm
Gallery Talk
Kandinsky in The Kreeger: Works by the 'Father of Abstraction'

Joanna Baker, Head of Collection Management, leads a tour of permanent collection works by pioneer of abstraction Wassily Kandinsky, including a rare sand painting from the artist’s Paris period. 

Free. Reservation not required.

Thursday, January 18 at 7:00 pm

Film Screening
Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art 

Troublemakers film

Troublemakers unearths the history of land art in the late 1960s and early 1970s and features a cadre of renegade artists that sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale in the desert of the American southwest.

The film includes rare footage and interviews which unveil the enigmatic lives and careers of storied artists Robert Smithson (Spiral Jetty), Walter De Maria (The Lightning Field) and Michael Heizer (Double Negative); a headstrong troika that established the genre. As the film makes clear, in making works that can never be possessed as an object in a gallery, these troublemakers stand in marked contrast to the hyper-speculative contemporary art world of today.

6:30 pm
: Doors
7 pm: Screening

View the film trailer below:

Saturday, January 6, 2–3 pm

Gallery Talk
Entering the Jungle: Wifredo Lam's Ta Propre Vie 

Joanna Baker, Head of Collection Management, discusses The Kreeger Museum’s 1942 work by Cuban artist Wifredo Lam and the ways he bridged European and Latin American modern art.


Thursday, December 14 at 7:30 pm

Heifetz Holiday Concert

This special program features an all-star cast of 2017 Heifetz International Music Institute alumni, including violinists Ji-Won Song and Yiming Mao, violist Molly Wise, and cellist Noémie Raymond-Friset, joined by Heifetz faculty pianist Stefan Petrov. Special guest soprano Angel Azzarra will also be on hand to lend her stunning voice to a holiday-infused program of Baroque favorites, classical masterworks, and music for the season.

Holiday selections will include the Fantasia on "Greensleeves" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, Tchaikovsky’s December from “The Seasons,” a brand-new medley of Christmas and Hanukkah tunes from Catalonia, Israel, and America, and an adaptation of Jascha Heifetz's rendition of "White Christmas."

Saturday, November 4 at 8 pm

The Ying Quartet with Billy ChildsThe Ying Quartet

The Ying Quartet occupies a position of unique prominence in the classical music world, combining brilliantly communicative performances with a fearlessly imaginative view of chamber music in today's world.

Now in its second decade, the Quartet has established itself as an ensemble of the highest musical qualifications. Their performances regularly take place in many of the world’s most important concert halls, from Carnegie Hall to the Sydney Opera House; at the same time, the Quartet’s belief that concert music can also be a meaningful part of everyday life has also drawn the foursome to perform in settings as diverse as the workplace, schools, juvenile prisons, and the White House.

This performance will feature jazz pianist and composer Billy Childs, one of the most diversely prolific and acclaimed artists working in music today. Childs' canon of original compositions and arrangements has garnered him the 2013 Doris Duke Performing Artist Award, a Guggenheim Fellowship (2009), fourteen Grammy nominations, and four Grammy awards.


Mozart: Quartet in D minor, K. 421
Childs: The River, the Bird, the Storm (Piano Quintet)
Dvorak: Quartet in C Major, Op. 61

Saturday, October 21 at 8 pm
Washington National Opera: Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program Recital

The inaugural evening of the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program's recital series will be held in the Great Hall of The Kreeger Museum on Saturday, October 21. The series offers the opportunity to hear emerging operatic talents perform in a more intimate setting, without the trappings of sets, lighting, and costumes.

The intimate relationships between voice and piano, poetry and music will be featured in repertoire inspired by the Museum collection, illuminating the connections between creative artists across different genres. The Director of the DCYAP, Robert Ainsley, will introduce and accompany the program.

This program is generously funded by Jacqueline Badger Mars.

Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists (2017–18)
Frederick Ballentine, tenor
Allegra De Vita, mezzo-soprano
Leah Hawkins, soprano

About the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program

Founded by Plácido Domingo and currently in its 15th season, the Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program guides young singers and pianists/coaches on the verge of international careers. The program provides intensive study with renowned vocal and dramatic coaches and offers voice lessons, language classes, career guidance, and master classes with Washington National Opera staff and guest artists. The Domingo-Cafritz Young Artists also have the opportunity to perform and cover roles in WNO productions.

Saturday, October 21,
11 am – 12 pm; 1–2 pm

Studio Visit: Frank Hallam Day

Frank Hallam Day

Frank Hallam Day, Red Milk Carton

Tour the Washington, DC, studio of fine art photographer Frank Hallam Day. Day’s work can be found in numerous museum and private collections in the United States and abroad, including the State Museum of Berlin, the Baltimore Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, and the San Diego Museum of Photographic Arts. His artistic interests revolve around themes of culture, history, and humanity’s footprint on the natural world. His work was included in the 2017 exhibition RE-VISION at The Kreeger Museum.

Tickets: $10 general / free for members


Saturday, June 17 – noon to 2pm

DC Jazz Festival: Cowboys & Frenchmen

Cowboys & Frenchmen

The Kreeger Museum is pleased to present Cowboys & Frenchmen as part of DC Jazz Festival 2017. Cowboys & Frenchmen present a novel take on the American musical canon by blending traditional American folk and pop music with elements of contemporary R&B and modern jazz. The music exploits surprises at every turn, and presents a musical journey through the lens of five 21st-century improvisers. 

Jazz in the ‘Hoods Presented by Events DC, a major feature of the DC Jazz Festival, is an exciting partnership with local clubs, restaurants, hotels and galleries in celebration of jazz in our nation’s capital. Jazz in the 'Hoods unites DC in a citywide partnership and takes place in 21+ neighborhoods, presenting a mix of local and nationally recognized artists.

Admission: Free. Click here to register (encouraged but not required).

Transportation: Download the Lyft app and use code "DCJAZZ17" for $15 off ($5 per ride). Limited parking will be available at The Field School, just south of the Museum.

Food: Food will be available for purchase from the Rocklands BBQ Truck. No glass containers are permitted in The Kreeger Museum Sculpture Garden.

This event will take place outdoors, weather permitting. Please plan accordingly.

DC Jazz Festival

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