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Corcoran Gallery of Art

  • 500 17th St. NW Map It
  • White House area

Published 05/10/2017

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Editor's Note: This property is currently undergoing renovations.

In 2014, the Corcoran's historic 17th Street building and the College of Art + Design became part of George Washington University and ownership of the Corcoran's extensive collection of more than 17,000 pieces was transferred to the National Gallery of Art. Since then, curators have been reviewing the artwork and as of this writing, 6,430 works will join the Gallery's collection of European and American art. Highlights include Two Women Performing by Edgar Degas, The Last of the Buffalo and Mount Corcoran by Albert Bierstadt, Frederic Remington's sculpture Off the Range, a rare portrait of a clean-shaven president-elect Abraham Lincoln by George Peter Alexander Healy, Young Women Sewing by Winslow Homer, Frederic Edwin Church's Niagara, Edward Hopper's Ground Swell, and Into Bondage by Aaron Douglas, among others. A complete list of acquistions to date is available online. Beginning in the summer of 2015 and continuing for several

months, paintings will be integrated into the American galleries on the main floor of the West Building. An exhibition of photographs from both the Corcoran and NGA collections is scheduled for spring 2016 in the West Building photography galleries. Additionally, more pieces will be featured in the East Building galleries upon reopening in 2016. And, shows are planned for 2017 and 2018. Works on paper—prints, drawings and watercolors—and photographs are available by appointment for public viewing. The process of reviewing the rest of the Corcoran collection is continuing. In the meantime, renovations are underway at the iconic Beaux-Arts building with plans calling for a Legacy Gallery here.

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500 17th St. NW, Washington, District of Columbia, 20006, USA

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Website: www.nga.gov

Published 05/10/2017


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