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Week Seven has been a blast at Camp Creativity! Keep reading to see what our amazing campers have been working on this week! Read more →

July Blog
By: Ashley Fletcher

Summer is flying by and August is almost near! Finally the forecast includes neither humidity nor rain and we have the perfect variety of events for you to enjoy.

July 25th

NGA Sculpture Garden: Jazz in the Garden
5pm to 8:30pm
Located on the National Mall at 7th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, the Garden is bordered by Constitution Avenue and Madison Drive and by 7th and 9th Streets NW

Hear the up-tempo melodic sounds of Incendio at the National Gallery of Art’s Jazz in the Garden.

July 26th

The Most Haunted Houses Tour
Located at The Octagon House, 1799 New York Avenue NW


Stop by the home of the late Colonel John III for the Most Haunted Houses Tour. The Octagon House starts the trail of chills, as you walk past familiar city buildings that begin to feel very unfamiliar and creepy. Hear the tales of the haunted city that get lost in the 9 to 5 bustle!

July 27th

Capital Fringe Festival
Ticket prices depend on event

Come out and feel the energy of the performing arts at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival. The Capital Fringe Festival includes some of the district’s most cutting-edge artists and performers. There are a variety of events from comedy shows to opera and children’s theatre. There’s no excuse as to why you aren’t part of the fun!

Installation photo courtesy of Joy Asico

June 28 marked the opening of American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley here at the Corcoran, a highly-anticipated retrospective that showcases the 50-year career of a remarkable metalsmith. We sat down with artist Albert Paley himself and exhibition curator, Eric Turner, of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, to gain insight on a few of their favorite aspects of American Metal. Read more →

Corcoran Weekend
By: Ashley Fletcher

With the anticipation of our summer exhibition, American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley, opening this weekend, downtown D.C. is definitely the place to be. So make the most of the summer heat, watch out for tourists, and follow our guide to happenings around town that are sure to maximize art and fun this weekend.

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Smithsonian Folklife Festival
FolklifeTake part in one of the largest cultural events in the U.S. Capital! Held annually on the National Mall, the Smithsonian Folklife Festival is an exposition of living and cultural heritage from all over the world. This annual festival is perfect if you are looking for diversity old and new. Free of charge, the festival runs June 25-29. Join musicians, storytellers, craftspeople and more starting at 11am, as they celebrate the cultural heritage of Kenya and China.

Tip: Smithsonian does not operate any parking facilities except at the National Zoo($$), Anacostia Community Museum (Free) and Udvar Hazy Center ($$). If taking the metro, you can get off at the Smithsonian station via the Green and Yellow Lines.

DC Jazz Festival
Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the DC Jazz Festival at Jazz at the Capitol Riverfront, Friday June 27th. Hear the melodic sounds of Frederic Yonnet and Akura Allrich at the Yards Park. Gates open at 5pm with no admission fee!

Tip: Get there early for a good view! You can take the DC Circulator Union Station – Navy Yard route via Capitol Hill only $1 and runs every 10 minutes 6am-9pm weekdays.

American Metal: The Art of Albert Paley

Of course we have to put this as a must-do on the agenda! Enjoy the intertwining energy of iron and experience the soliloquy of Paley’s works over the past 50 years. Not only is this retrospective one of the most talked about exhibitions of the summer, but it opens at 10am with free admission as part of our #FREESummerSat series!

Tip: Come between 10am-3pm and get a taste of the Muse Café!

VinoFest DC
Enjoy music, wine, food & the DC atmosphere at VinoFest June 27th! Located at the Union Market, performances include Jessie Boykins III, DJ Set by Eric Hilton of Thievery Corporation, and Sugar Bear & EU along with a selection of wine from the world’s top vineyards, and delicious food from Union Market’s best vendors and restaurants!

Tip: LivingSocial is offering discounted ticket concert passes. There is some seating but not enough for all of the attendees. Be prepared to stand or bring a blanket, sit and enjoy food, wine and music!

Vegan Brunch at Todd Gray’s Muse Café
980371_536114523118679_1903761339_oWind down from all of the weekend fun and enjoy a delicious vegan brunch Sunday at the Corcoran!

Tip: Brunch begins at 11am!

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By: Diana Lautenberger, Masters of Arts in Teaching, Art Education, Corcoran College of Art + Design, Class of 2014

With papers turned in, final projects presented, and one wrinkle and ulcer-inducing thesis accepted, I find myself at the end of my masters program Read more →


The Dudley Memorial Lecture was established in 1984 by Robert Whittier Dudley and his six children with wife Argentina “Argie” Copello Dudley as a way to commemorate and perpetuate momanddadArgentina’s life’s work and interests following her death. Since its inception, the lecture has brought leaders in the Read more →

By: Philip Brookman, Chief Curator and Head of Research, Corcoran Gallery of Art

The Krazyhouse (Megan, Simon, Nicky, Philip, Dee), Liverpool, UK, is a four channel video installation created in 2009 at a popular dance club in Liverpool. It presents in sequence a group of five young people in their teens and early twenties dancing Read more →

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NEXT 2014 is Corcoran’s annual celebration of the brilliance and promise of its students. From now until May 18th, the finished thesis presentations of the graduating class will be on display at the Corcoran Gallery of Art for all to view and enjoy. Before you come to the exhibition, take a behind-the-scenes look at a selection of NEXT artists and the inspiration that went into their final presentations.

Jamie Lynn Shafer is a graduating MA Art and the Book student at the Corcoran College of Art and Design who is presenting her thesis at NEXT 2014. We got to catch up with Jamie and take a look at her design process, her completed final project, and find out what participating in NEXT 2014 means to her.

Jamie’s thesis work, titled In Your Hands, focuses on how relationships and interactions shape people. “With each relationship we change a little and carry those changes forward into our next experience,” Jamie says. “Sometimes we change so drastically we do not recognize the person we have become. Sometimes it is small changes that we don’t notice until months or years later.

Jamie’s written thesis work is about long-term, same sex couples. She researched different couples from different time periods. Originally Jamie set out to prove that same sex relationships are different from opposite sex relationships, but after researching, she realized that “it isn’t about gender—rather it is about finding the right person regardless of gender.” This change forced her to re-examine her life, and now Jamie hopes that her art will encourage people to rethink or at least question their present belief systems as well.

NEXT 2014 is on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art now through May 18, 2014. Admission is free to the public. 

Corcoran Gallery of Art Annual Ball fundraiser museum party

For more than 50 years, the Corcoran has been known to throw the best party in town, and this year was no exception. With the help of more than 12,000 flowers and elegant decorations, the Women’s Committee transformed the Corcoran Read more →

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April in D.C. means a lot of things. Cherry Blossoms bloom, tourists abound, pollen comes out to play. And, on one April Friday every year, the Corcoran Gallery of Art transforms itself to host the Corcoran Women’s Committee’s annual Corcoran Ball. Read more →