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

Exhibitions, Performances & Conversations

Currently, all of Corcoran's artist events, exhibitions and main stage productions across music, theatre and dance will be held virtually.
Please RSVP below to participate virtually in our upcoming season. We hope to see you soon!




Border South

Hostile Terrain 94

Tuesday, August 25, 2020 – Monday, February 1, 2021

Sponsored and organized by the Undocumented Migration Project (UMP), a non-profit research-art-education-media collective, directed by anthropologist Jason De León. The exhibit will be built through community participation, and is accompanied by virtual programming, teaching resources, and more.

Throughout the fall semester we will be completing the toe tags representing lives lost and installing them on the map of the Sonoran Desert of Arizona installed in the atrium of the Corcoran Flagg Building.

Spring 2021 Dance Auditions

GW Spring 2021 VIRTUAL DANCE AUDITIONS for Dance Film Shorts

Thursday, January 14, 2021
7 – 9 p.m. Eastern

Maida Withers, Artistic Director
Zoe Warren, Stage Manager

Students: Alison Janega; Hannah Jacobson; Aleny Serna; Jillian Canning;
Gracie Fletcher; Marney O’Connor; Aaron Mancus; others TBD

After submission of audition form, a WEBEX link will be sent to you.

WEBEX will open at 6:30 pm AUDITION will begin at 7 p.m.

Make sure your computer camera or phone camera is working. Dress casual dance clothes, no shoes needed unless necessary for your floor surface. Dance activities will be taught by students and faculty. You will be asked to perform in small groups.

Request the one-page audition form (schedule of classes/work): [email protected]

After submission of audition form, a WEBEX link will be sent to you

Fridays at 5


February 5, 19;
March 5
, 26;
April 9
, 23

5:00 p.m.

The Corcoran Program of Music's Fridays @ 5 is back for Spring with everything from Jazz to Chamber, Electronic to Spoken Word,  representing all that we learn together and building community online! It's fun, laidback and popular with faculty, students, alumni, and anyone who drops in!

All the cool kids will be there – just bring your own pizza!


Museums Today


January 27 – The Civic Mission of Museums - Anthony Pennay 

February 17 – Curating Under Pressure – Janet Marstine 

March 24 – The Resilience Playbook – Gail Anderson and Dina Bailey 

April 21 – TBD

Museums Today discusses critical issues in the museum field and allows students and emerging professionals to network with thought-leaders, authors, and museum veterans. This series is in partnership with AAMG (Association of Academic Museums and Galleries) and takes place on Wednesday evenings at 6 p.m.

Donna M. Lucey

Sargent's Women: Art as Biography

Thursday, February 4, 2021
6:30 – 8 p.m. Eastern

Open to GW students, staff, alumni, and faculty

The New York Times bestselling author Donna M. Lucey will discuss her latest book, Sargent’s Women: Four Lives Behind the Canvas. Drawing upon original letters and diaries, Lucey illuminates the extraordinary lives of four women painted by the iconic Gilded Age artist John Singer Sargent. The women all inhabited a rarefied world of wealth and strict conventions, yet each one managed to do something unexpected, something shocking, to upend society’s rules.

Register for the event here (via Webex).

Image courtesy of Donna Lucey

Carolina Layaway Grail

Carolina Layaway Grail

Thursday, March 4, 2021
7:30 p.m. Eastern

By Ally Currin
Directed by Thomas W. Jones II

Diana's grandfather Duck is convinced that all the voices of his dead ancestors reside in his favorite shiny globe. So when he loses it in the City, Diana has no choice but to go on a journey to retrieve it. She embarks upon a post-modern Quest to find it in an unfamiliar and nightmarish landscape, people with fairy-tale figures, sidekicks, bureaucrats, and a scholar who is furious that she doesn't even understand her own "mono-myth!

Tickets Coming Soon

Theory of Relativity

The Theory of Relativity

Thursday, April 1, 2021
7:30 p.m. Eastern

A co-production with the Programs of Music and Theatre & Dance

Music and Lyrics by Neil Bartram Book by Brian Hill
Directed by Jennifer Hopkins Musical Direction by Millicent Scarlett

Through a seemingly unrelated collection of songs, scenes and monologues, The Theory of Relativity introduces a compelling array of characters experiencing the joys and heartbreaks, the liaisons and losses, the inevitability and the wonder of human connection.

Tickets Coming Soon

Spring 2021 Dance

Dance Film Shorts Spring 2021

Thursday, April 22, 2021
7:30 p.m. Eastern

Maida Withers, Artistic Director

Faculty Choreographer: Anthony Gongora

Featuring the Dance Students Capstone Projects by: Alison Janega; Hannah Jacobson; Aleny Serna; Jillian Canning;
Gracie Fletcher; Marney O’Connor; Aaron Mancus; others TBD

Tickets Coming Soon

NEXT 2021

NEXT Online

Opening May 10, 2021

Over the last decade, NEXT has been held every spring as an innovative end-of-year thesis and capstone show that gives D.C.’s art community the opportunity to see the latest in contemporary art. Visitors get to see student work in the fields of studio arts, art history, interior architecture, design, dance, theatre, music and museum studies and more. The COVID-19 pandemic prevented the Corcoran from hosting NEXT 2020, but many student artists still found creative ways to complete or rework their projects. In 2021, for the first time in its history, NEXT will be a virtual experience, with a website and online performances and shows, launching on May 10, 2021.

Check back for the website link over the next few weeks.