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The American Evolution: A History through Art

March 1 - July 27, 2008


Public programs

The Corcoran Gallery of Art presents a comprehensive schedule of exhibition-related programs for all ages in connection with The American Evolution: A History through Art. Public programming includes, but is not limited to, the following:

Tuesday-Thursday, March 18-20 and March 25-27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Inspired by the exhibition The American Evolution: A History through Art, the Corcoran College of Art + Design presents American Art Mini-Camp, a three-day program for ages 5­13, during the weeks that area schools are on break. Students will learn about the artists and themes featured in the exhibition and then engage in hands-on art activities that bring American art to life. Visit www.corcoran.edu/ce or call (202) 639-1820 to register.
Saturday-Sunday, April 5­6, 12 p.m.-4 p.m.
Yee Haw! Gather 'round the Corcoran Campfire for tales from the Wild, Wild West! We mosey through the Corcoran's exhibition, The American Evolution: A History through Art, looking for images of the American West with a true cowboy who knows a thing or two about spurs, lassos and Albert Bierstadt's The Last of the Buffalo. Campfire roundups start at 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. Complimentary with Gallery admission.
Saturday-Sunday, May 3-4, 12 noon-4 p.m.
Before you hit ROUTE 1869, pick up a map with directions and activities for a memorable road trip across the U.S.A. Make sure to pull over for views of the American landscape, from Frederic Edwin Church's Niagara to Eadweard Muybridge's Valley of the Yosemite from Mosquito Camp. Remember to take a pit stop at the Café and refuel with a classic PBJ, Grilled Cheese Sandwich, or Mac & Cheese. Complimentary with Gallery admission, Children's menu offered in the Café des Artistes.
Family Program (Ages 6-12)
Sunday, June 22, 2-4 p.m.
Yoga meets art: we'll twist like Alexander Calder's Calderberry, flow like Helen Frankenthaler's Hurricane Flag, and zig-zag like Arthur Garfield Dove's Space Divided by Line Motive (U.S.A.). Whether you're a kid guru or yoga newbie, join us for an afternoon that will move your body to the rhythm of abstraction. Complimentary with Gallery admission, pre-registration required.
Performances and Lectures:
Acoustic Americana with Dead Men's Hollow
Thursday, March 6, 7 p.m.
On this toe-tapping night of American music, this popular and critically acclaimed group performs songs from our nation's history, inspired by works in the Corcoran's exhibition, The American Evolution: A History through Art. Fee.
Best Cellars Presents an American Tour of Wine
Wednesday, March 26, 7 p.m.
Enjoy a variety of American wines paired with award-winning farmstead cheeses artfully presented in the Corcoran's famed Atrium by the experts at Best Cellars. Fee.
Perspectives Gallery Talks
(complimentary with Gallery admission, pre-registration encouraged):
The Corcoran Collects
Thursday, March 27, 6:30 p.m.
Join former Corcoran archivist Marisa Bourgoin on a history-filled tour through the Corcoran's renowned American collection as she shares historical tidbits and little known information about this historic museum and its collection.
Curator's Choice Series
Thursdays, April 10, May 15, June 19, 6:30 p.m.
Join the curators of The American Evolution: A History through Art, Sarah Cash, Emily Shapiro, and Sarah Newman, for a series of gallery talks on works of particular interest, selected by the curators themselves.
Exhibition Highlights Tours
Discover the Corcoran Gallery of Art with the help of our trained docents. Offered Monday­Sunday at 12 p.m. and on Thursdays at 7 p.m., Highlights Tours provide a broad overview of The American Evolution: A History through Art. Tours last approximately one hour and are complimentary with admission.
For more information about upcoming programs please call (202) 639-1770.

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