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Exhibitions, Performances & Conversations

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design provides a year-round forum for the exhibition of work by students and visiting artists. In addition, graduating seniors and graduate students have the opportunity to exhibit the culmination of their Corcoran School studies in a thesis exhibition titled NEXT at the end of the academic school year. Most of these events and exhibits are open to the public. 

CURRENT AND UPCOMING EVENTS

Stay in touch! Sign up for email announcements a few times a year so you are first in line for our openings. If you are a GW student, you can sign up for our twice a month emails to get invited to all events and openings.

 

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Open: An Installation by Robin Bell

Opening Night Reception: Thursday, February 7,  6 – 8 p.m.; Open to the public from February 7 - March 31, on Tuesday–Friday 10 a.m.–6 p.m. and Weekends 1- 6 p.m.

OPEN, an installation of lights and projections by artist Robin Bell, is a celebration of transparency, belonging and accessibility.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Washington, DC 20006

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Good Enough poster

Good Enough

MFA Fine Arts First Year Gallery Exhibition

Opening Night Reception: February 15, 6 – 8 p.m.

February 15 – April 5,
9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Good enough—a declaration of defeat—a statement of proud acceptance of oneself, ones work, the value of time and the passion put towards a particular goal. Perfectionism will always be a struggle. The standards set for oneself are often unattainable. Society upholds stereotypes and biases that prevent certain demographics from reaching any milestone—regardless of the effort put in.

Featuring:
Caroline Casey
Joey Enriquez
Kevin Kwon
Rhe'a Roland
Yingyang Yang

West Gallery (Map)
500 17th Street
Washington, DC 20006

Have a Look gallery poster

Have a Look: Selections from the GW Collection

Thursday, February 7 – March 23, 2019
Gallery hours: Tuesday–Saturday: 1-5 p.m., Closed Sunday, Monday

Collecting since 1821, GW holds many “hidden” treasures ranging from an early painting by the famed painter Fernando Botero, to a trove of over 152 photographs by Andy Warhol. Have a Look: Selections from the GW Collection features works gifted to the collection from 1968 to 2018.

Free and open to the public

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Luther W. Brady Gallery
Washington, DC 20006

The Shell Game

The Shell Game

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 to Fri, March 1, 2019

Opening reception, Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Join us for the opening reception of Tyler Wellington's MFA Thesis Exhibition The Shell Game. Light refreshments will be served.

The event is free and open to the public; all are welcome to attend.

Gallery 102
Smith Hall of Art
801 22nd St NW
Washington DC 20052

Standing Out

Standing Out

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.

AIGA DC is excited to have a panel discussion about personal branding. The moderator and panelists are all local creative leaders and expert strategists ready to discuss personal branding.

*For Corcoran/GWU students only, there is a special discount code if you use this at checkout:
IAMCORCORANGWU

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

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We Hold These Truths to be Self Evident

By Zoë Buckman and Natalie Gwen Frank

Exhibition open to the public November 5, 2018 to March 3, 2019, Tues – Fri, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Weekends, 1 – 6 p.m.

*Please be advised, language on the tombstone may be triggering for sexual assault survivors. Viewer discretion is advised.

Read Corcoran's statement and more about this work.


Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW
Room: Rotunda (2nd Floor)
Washington, DC 20006

Henry 60

Henry 60

March 1, 2 at 7:30 p.m.

Presented by The Academy of Classical Acting.

All three parts of Shakespeare’s Henry VI, directed by Paul Reisman and Dody DiSanto, performed in sixty minutes, by sixteen actors.

GW faculty, staff, and students are Free with valid GW ID.

General public: $5 per ticket

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Bridge Gallery Space (2nd Floor)
Washington, DC 20006

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Crying Hands

About Deaf People in Hitler's Germany
Script and director, Bentein Baardson

March 7, 8 at 7:30 p.m.; March 9 at 1:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

Performed in ASL and English

Crying Hands is a documentary driven play about deaf and disabled people's experience during WWII. It is based on interviews of Holocaust and civilian survivors. This is an original production by Teater Manu, an award-winning National Deaf Theater based in Oslo and has toured extensively across Norway and abroad. With four of Norway's most dynamic actors; this production is performed in both ASL and English.

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

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GW Arts Walk

Thursday, March 21, 5 – 9 p.m.
After party 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Venues:
Gallery 102: 5 – 7 p.m. Sarah Cooke, MFA Thesis Exhibition
Smith Hall of Art
801 22nd Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

The George Washington Museum and The Textile Museum: 5 – 7 p.m.
Enduring Ideals: Rockwell, Roosevelt and the Four Freedoms

701 21st Street, NW
Washington, DC 20052

Brady Gallery: 5 – 8 p.m.
Exhibition TBD

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design
500 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

Corcoran School of the Arts and Design: 5 – 8 p.m. (After party 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.)
OPEN by Robin Bell
500 17th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006

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Shooting the Enemy

March 27 at 6:00 p.m.

Harry Allen presents Shooting the Enemy, a public lecture in which he screens many of the photographs he made in the early 1980s before becoming a working journalist. These images—of Chuck D, Flavor-Flav, Bomb Squad leader Hank Shocklee, Keith Shocklee, and others—were created several years before Public Enemy existed, and long before their place in music history was assured. Thus, they enable real insight into an important part of music history in its raw, unformed state.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

 

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Women's Works

Compiled & directed by Leslie Jacobson
March 28, 29 at 7:30 p.m.

March 30 at 5:00 p.m.
March 31 at 2:00 p.m.

WOMEN'S WORKS celebrates theatre’s ability to awaken our empathy and inspire us to make positive social change. Excerpts from  plays and musicals – come together to illuminate the power of story, and the story of Prof Jacobson’s 42-plus years at GW and in the DC theatre community.

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

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Celebrating Leslie Jacobson

Retirement Party

Saturday, March 30, 7 – 10 p.m.

All Theatre and Dance students, alumni, faculty and friends are invited to celebrate Professor Leslie Jacobson's legacy and career at the George Washington University.

Arts Club
2017 I Street NW
Washington, DC 20006

2019 keynote speaker Rainey Tisdale

21st Annual Marie C. Malaro Excellence in Research and Writing Symposium

April 4, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.

Each year up to three graduate students deliver short papers based on work honored for excellence in research and writing in the field of Museum Studies. Our 2019 keynote speaker is Rainey Tisdale, an independent curator based in Boston and a 1997 graduate of the GW Museum Studies program, is the co-author, most recently, of "Active Collections" (2018) and "Creativity in Museum Practice" (2014). The evening will also include a tribute to Marie Malaro, former director of the GWU Museum Studies program and author of the seminal text "A Legal Primer on Managing Museum Collections."

1957 E Street NW
Room 214
Washington, DC 20052

Visiting Artists & Scholars Council Lecture presenter Paolo Giardelli

Visiting Artists & Scholars Council Lecture

April 4, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Committee brings respected established and emerging practitioners in the arts to present public lectures, conduct one-on-one critiques, lead small seminars or reading discussions, and share informal meals with students.  This evening’s presenter will be Paolo Giardelli, Professor of Art and Architectural History, Department of History, Bo─čaziçi University (Bosphorus University), Istanbul. There will be an informal discussion with light refreshments in Gallery 102 afterward.

Smith Hall of Art
801 22nd Street NW
Room 114
Washington, DC 20052

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Nao Bustamente: Multimedia and Performance Artist Talk

April 4, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.

The Corcoran's annual Dudley Memorial Lecture will feature the internationally known artist, Nao Bustamente. Bustamente has presented in galleries, museums, universities and underground sites all around the world.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

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Poster for Clodagh

11th Annual Interior Architecture Lecture

April 11, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.

GW's Interior Architecture program presents the 11th Annual Interior Architecture Lecture from Clodagh. On Thursday, April 11, this famous minimalist designer will will be lecturing in Hammer Auditorium. A reception and book signing will follow. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.

Free and open to the public.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

GW Orchestra performing

GW Orchestra Concert

April 14, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Come hear the GW Orchestra, conducted by Professor A. Scott Wood.

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Dancers in blue light

NEXT Dance Concert

Artistic Director Maida Withers
Guest Artist Anton Ovchinnikov
Honors Thesis Choreographers

April 11, 12, 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Featuring internationally acclaimed guest artists and faculty as well as student choreographers.-See what's NEXT in Dance!

Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW
Washington, DC 20052

NEXT 180

NEXT 180

April 25, 2019, 5 – 6 p.m.

Graduating students: Apply for NEXT 180 to win prizes and glory!

We are seeking presentations (talks or performances) that focus on a single topic, example, idea, project, or technique. Want to propose a non-conventional format? We are open to them! You can use your three minutes in any way you think best explores the work that you’ve done here at GW. This is your chance to shine!

Proposals are due via this Google Form by March 1, and presenters will be selected mid-March.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Hammer Auditorium
Washington, DC 20006

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NEXT Exhibition and Opening Night

April 25, 2019,
6 – 8 p.m.

Held every spring, NEXT is a dynamic, interactive and innovative end-of-year show that gives D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art from fresh perspectives.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Atrium Galleries
Washington, DC 20006

 

GW orchestra performing

GW Bands Concert: The Genius of Percy Grainger

April 28, 2019, 3 – 5:00 p.m.

The George Washington University Bands consist of students dedicated to enriching the University community through music. Members have the opportunity to perform in two concert ensembles: the Wind Ensemble is GW's premier wind band, and the Symphonic Band is the largest student ensemble and is open to all students. This concert will celebrate the life and works of Percy Grainger.

Marvin Center
Grand Ballroom
800 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

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NEXT Alumni Award Ceremony

May 1, 2019, 6 – 8 p.m.

Join Corcoran School and GW alumni to honor the students in the exhibitions and events of NEXT 2019. Light refreshments will be served.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Atrium Galleries
Washington, DC 20006

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University Singers Concert

May 5, 2019, 3 p.m.

University Singers is a mixed choir of undergraduate and graduate students. The group has two formal concerts each academic year. They have toured extensively, with overseas tours occuring every two years.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Atrium Galleries
Washington, DC 20006

Student smiling at graduation ceremony

Corcoran Graduation Celebration

May 17, 2019, 5 – 7 p.m.

Graduating students will take the first step of their lifelong journey as GW Corcoran alumni with their friends, family, professors and fellow students. Come raise a glass to the class of 2019! This event will have light appetizers and snacks.

Flagg Building
500 17th Street
Atrium Galleries
Washington, DC 20006