on February 10, 2008
There are always at least a few special exhibits on display at the National Gallery of Art. To see what is on display when you are planning to visit the National Gallery check their website out at http://www.nga.gov/exhibitions/index.shtm. Below is a brief description of the ones that were on display when I visited in early February 2008.Crosscurrents is a special exhibit on the Ground Floor of the West building. The exhibit is to remain on display on the Ground Floor through January 1, 2009. This exhibit includes American and European paintings from the permanent collection. I found this nice to see when I visited because the American art galleries were closed for renovation and this way I could at least see some American paintings. These paintings are from that part of the building and thus even when this special exhibit closes these paintings will still be on display just back in their home in on the Main Floor. The special exhibit called Homer, Eakins, and Bellows in the East Building is entirely American paintings if that is the type of art you want to see. This exhibit also closes January 1, 2009.British Picturesque Landscapes is an exhibit on the Ground Floor of the West Building. It is tucked away in the sculpture galleries. The easiest way I know how to explain to get to this one room exhibit is to go through the Chinese pottery exhibit. This exhibit contains books opened to pages that show landscapes. It is on display until February 24, 2008.The Baroque Woodcut is located in the Special Exhibit space on the Ground Floor of the West Building. This exhibit is on display until March 30, 2008. It contains examples of prints that are made from woodcuts printing blocks. The details on these prints are amazing to think about the work that must have gone into the woodcuts that the prints were made from. I really wish, though, that they had at least one woodcut on display so you can see what the prints are printed from.Let the World In is located in the Special Exhibit space on the Ground Floor of the West Building. This exhibit is on display until March 30, 2008. This is an interesting exhibit with print media works done by Robert Rauschenberg. They are kind of like collages with different images and words thrown together.Bronze and Boxwood is an exhibit in the Special Exhibit space on the Main Floor of the West Building. This exhibit is on display until May 4, 2008. This is an exhibit of bronze sculptures, boxwood, and ivory carvings from the Renaissance.Impressed by Light is an exhibit on the Ground Floor of the West Building. The exhibit displays photos that were made from paper negatives. All the photos were done by British photographers in the mid-1800s.
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