“National Gallery Nights is Back! For the first time ever, the National Gallery of Art opens its West Building for the beloved evening program”

From a press release:

“For the first time ever, the National Gallery of Art opens its west building for the beloved evening program, formerly known as NGA Nights. Three evening programs – April 14, May 12 and June 9 – will feature music, performances, pop up-experiences and art activities throughout the West Building from 6pm to 9pm for purchase.

The April 14 event marks the return of personal evening programming since the spring 2020 season was canceled. It also provides the unique opportunity to enjoy a night visit to Afro-Atlantic Histories, our major exhibition that opens on April 10th.

For the safety and enjoyment of all guests, registration is free but necessary and capacity is limited. Registration for our April 14 event opens Monday, March 21 at. 10.00. Registration for May and June opens one month in advance: April 15 for the May 12 event and May 13 for the June 9 event. The National Gallery closes to the public as usual at 5pm and invites visitors to re-enter Constitution Avenue and 6th Street NW after 5pm. 18.00. At present, there will be no need for face masks and proof of vaccine; we will communicate with registrants in advance if there are any updates to this policy.

See nga.gov/nights for more details, registration, and the most up-to-date information on artists, deals, and security measures. Learn about our COVID security measures.

Program descriptions

April 14
Flowers after closing time

Evening programs return to the National Gallery of Art with an ode to all that is floral. From detailed Dutch still life paintings to Vincent van Gogh’s bright and energetic brushstrokes, flowers have long been a favorite subject for visual artists. Celebrate the beauty of flowers with an evening of art, tunes from DJ Little Bacon Bear, pop-up performances by electric cellist Benjamin Gates and production. Then join botanical artist Emily Paluska from Revery Paper Flora as she recreates one of our paintings using handmade, whimsical paper flowers.

May 12

The National Gallery of Art cordially invites you to a ball – art ball, that is. Join the National Gallery’s prom track with a DIY crown activity, dance like no one looks to our ultimate ball playlist, and take a self-guided tour of some of West Building’s most regal and brilliant works of art.

June 9
French connections

Embrace your inner francophile with an evening dedicated to French culture, history and art. Gather a few French phrases during pop-up language lessons, consider France’s global heritage as you explore the Afro-Atlantic Histories exhibition, and discover how French art and culture have shaped our world.

This program is made possible by a generous grant from The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.

Program performances and experiences are subject to change. “

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