Exhibitions & Performances; large group of people in the Flagg building atrium for an event

Exhibitions, Performances & Conversations


(500 17th Street NW)

Visit the Corcoran! Current exhibitions at the Flagg Building are open only to the GW community (students, staff and faculty).
Use your GWID card at E Street or New York Avenue to enter at 500 17th Street NW.

Together, Apart

Concurring Experiences: TOGETHER, APART

September 1 - December 17, 2021
Gallery 6

Wednesday - Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm
Or, to make an appointment to see the exhibition, please email lutherbradyart @ gmail

An exhibition commemorating the one-year anniversary of the COVID-19 national lockdown, showcasing 23 works from the Corcoran Study Collection curated and researched in Fall 2020 by an MA Exhibition Design class led by Dr. Lisa Lipinski. Through the lens of finding and uplifting community in times of isolation, the show follows eight themes. Originally presented in an online format.

Fall Selections: Building a Collection


September 1 - December 17, 2021
Gallery 4 & 5

Wednesday - Friday, 1:00-5:00 pm
Or, to make an appointment to see the exhibition, please email lutherbradyart @ gmail

The Brady Art Gallery presents works from the Corcoran Study Collection and the GW Collection along with key loans. The exhibition presents little known works from those collections along with a focus on the work of William Christenberry.

Image: Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Interior of the Pantheon from "Views of Rome," 1768, etching on laid paper, 18 13/16" x 22 1/8".  Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Bequest of Frank B. Bristow)

Hostile Terrain 94

Hostile Terrain 94

September 13, 2021 - February 25, 2022
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

The Corcoran School of the Arts and Design is excited to host Hostile Terrain 94 (HT94), a participatory art project sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León.

Women's Mobile Museum

Women's Mobile Museum

Sept. 13 - Oct. 29, 2021 & Nov. 22, 2021 - Mar. 11, 2022
Monday - Friday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

South Atrium and Hallway

“Whose makes the art shown in museums and galleries?” and “Who are those spaces for?” “Who is an artist?” These are the central questions behind the work of the Women’s Mobile Museum.




Stay tuned on this year's events with Transformer and check out past events in 2018  and 2019. In the past few years, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design has hosted the Annual Transformer Silent Auction & Benefit Exhibition, an event that showcases some of D.C.’s best contemporary visual art (including more than a few exhibits from Corcoran alumni). This annual “not to be missed” art event provides essential support for Transformer’s comprehensive year-round exhibitions and educational programming, part of their artist-centered nonprofit work in Washington, D.C.

Photo by Matti Miranda


Corcoran Welcome Back!


Wednesday, September 8, 2021
10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Flagg Building
500 17th Street NW

We will be there from 10:30 a.m. - 1 p.m., so please stop by and join us when your class schedule allows. Our new Director, Dr. Lauren Onkey, will give a brief welcome at 10:45 a.m.

Also, if you are a student who is new to campus, please be sure to stop by and pick up your Corcoran t-shirt and other Corcoran swag.

All Corcoran students are welcome and encouraged to stop by!

First Look at Ableton Live

First Look at Ableton Live

Thursday, September 16, 2021
9:35 - 10:50 a.m.
Flagg Building, Rm. 157
500 17th Street NW

Open to GW Students

This workshop will feature guest speakers and artists from the popular Digital Audio Workstation, Ableton Live. We will take a look at some of Ableton's production features and learn how to leverage its unique workflow for a variety of musical genres.

Email Professor Heather Stebbins [email protected] with any questions.

Fridays @ 5

Fridays @ 5

Sept 17, Oct 1, Nov 5, Dec 3, 2021;
Jan 28, Feb 4, March 4, April, 2022
Fridays, 5 - 6 p.m.

The Corcoran Program of Music's Fridays @ 5 is back in Phillips B120 for Fall with everything from Jazz to Chamber, Electronic to Spoken Word, representing all that we learn together and building community together! It's fun, laidback and popular with faculty, students, alumni, and anyone who drops in! All the cool kids will be there!

Contact: Ann Norton [email protected]


National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

GW Culture Buffs: National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum

Wednesday, September 22, 2021
Noon - 1 p.m.
Online via Zoom

This event is open to GW/Corcoran students, faculty and alumni.

Join us for an exclusive GW Culture Buffs event moderated by Paul Wahlbeck, dean of the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, and featuring a talk by John Odell, MA '94, curator of history and research at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum. Dean Wahlbeck and John will discuss the All-Time Greats who are enshrined in the Hall of Fame and the exhibits that tell the story of baseball's history and impacts on our lives and our country.


Corcoran Brunch

Corcoran Brunch

Saturday, October 2, 2021
8:30 - 10 a.m.
Flagg Building, Atrium
500 17th Street NW

The Corcoran School welcomes back its graduates to celebrate their lifelong journey as GW Corcoran alumni! We invite all friends, family, professors and fellow students to raise a mug of coffee or tea to the classes of 2020/2021.

This event will have light bites and breakfast refreshments. Visitors will have a chance to meet the Corcoran's new director, Dr. Lauren Onkey, and view any art installations in the Flagg Building.

Please note this event is only for Corcoran alumni and their guests.

This event is a part of Our Moment, Our Momentum: The GW Centuries Celebration Weekend. When registering, please be sure to select “Attending” for the Corcoran Brunch in the list of available events.


The Wolves poster


By Sarah Delappe Directed by
Jodi Kanter

October 14–17, 2021
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Square 80, George Washington University
between 21st & 22nd Streets/F & G Streets, NW

What can you learn from a team of high school women during their weekly pre-game warmups? Plenty! Follow the soccer ball as it bounces between the personal and the political, the local and the global, and the clash between inner character and external challenges. The Wolves was a 2017 Pulitzer Prize finalist. Join the Wolves Team on the pitch at Square 80 Plaza.

THIS PERFORMANCE IS FREE, but registration is requested.

Please Note: This Performance is OUTDOORS, however, effective Saturday, July 31, until further notice, GW is reinstating its indoor mask requirement in university-owned or -operated facilities for all individuals regardless of vaccination status.


Theater and Policy Salon Humanitini: Climate and Community

Theater and Policy Salon Humanitini: CLIMATE AND COMMUNITY

Monday, November 8, 2021
5:30 – 6:30 p.m.

In cooperation with Arctic Cycle’s Climate Change Theater Action 2021.

A wake-up call through theater, followed by a challenge: what can we all do - as individuals and community - to energize climate change resilience and climate action - in DC and around the globe.




Thursday, November 11, 2021
7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Hammer Auditorium 500 17th Street, NW

Join us for the first recital of the annual Corcoran Music Festival, featuring Professor Patrick Merrill & Alumna Grace Srinivasan.


Sunday, November 14, 2021
3 – 4:30 p.m.

Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW

The final Concert of the annual Corcoran Music Festival, features the Music Students of GW Corcoran School for the Arts & Design.




Nov 18, 19, 20, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW

The Students of Dance take the stage! Dance—back under the lights in all its glory! Join Concert Director Erica Rebollar as Dance returns to the Betts Theatre!

Contact: Ann Norton [email protected]


Natalie Parks


Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, November 21, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Building XX
814 20th Street NW

A one-person play written and acted by Natalie Parks, examining the process of healing and intimacy in the face of mental illness.

Natalie Parks is an actor and Corcoran Scholar from New York, NY graduating with a BA in theatre. She will be producing a senior concert with the Program of Music in Spring 2022 on the contributions of queer artists in developing American musical theatre.

Photo by Maansi Srivastava.
*Masks must be worn for this performance.



Smart People Auditions


By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by
Seema Sueko

Dec 9, 10, 11, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.; Dec 12, 2021 at 2 p.m.
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW

Nature vs Nurture- Is it in our genes or did we learn it? A surgeon, an actress, a psychologist, and a neuro-psychiatrist tackle the human brain and how it responds to race, just days before Obama wins the White House. And while they are at it, these Smart People also search for love, success, and identity…come see how smart they really are.

Contact: Ann Norton [email protected]


NEXT 2022

NEXT Opening Night

Thursday, April 28, 2022
6 - 9 p.m.
Corcoran Flagg Building, Atrium
500 17th Street NW

NEXT is the Corcoran's annual celebration of the brilliance and promise of its students: whether in the form of research papers, photo essays, films, performances, paintings and more. Join us for this year's party. This event will be open to the GW and DC arts community; please check back closer to the date for RSVP information.






Corcoran Music

GW Bands

Wind auditions will be held on Wednesday & Thursday, September 1st and 2nd from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. each day.

Percussion auditions will be held Thursday, September 2nd from 7:10 - 8:45 p.m.

Contact Director Schmitz for more information.

Smart People Auditions


Smart People
By Lydia Diamond
Directed by Seema Sueko

Wednesday, September 8, 2021
5 – 9 p.m.
Thursday, September 9, 2021
4 – 9 p.m.

Leggette Room
2nd Floor, University Student Center
800 21st St. NW

Auditions are open to the entire GW community regardless of major or experience, as well as to those who are auditioning for class credit but not to be in the production.


Dance auditions

AUDITIONS: Fall Dance Concert

Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.
Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre
800 21st St. NW

Do you want to dance in a faculty and/or student work this semester?

Auditions are open to ALL GW students
Dancers will audition barefoot – NO DANCE SHOES

Performances will be Thursday, November 18 - Saturday, November 20, 2021 at 7:30 p.m.