Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's visually stimulating Groupon: for $5, you will receive one adult admission to the Corcoran Gallery of Art (up to a $10 value).
The Corcoran Gallery of Art opened in 1874 to showcase the impressive art collection of William Wilson Corcoran, which included both American and European art. With admission ($10 for adults, $8 for seniors and students) to the museum, you will have access to the Corcoran Gallery's extensive permanent collection, as well as all visiting exhibitions. See the forest for the trees with the printmaking portraitures of Chuck Close, on display until September 26, 2010. Or delve into Selections from the Collection of Historic American Art for an eyeball feast of American artwork. Upcoming exhibitions include a showcase from Spencer Finch, featuring cloud-related sculptural installations, photographs, and drawings that may breed an internal battle within art-loving nephophobes. Also opening this month is a reinstallation of contemporary art from the Corcoran’s collection, including Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945, as well as Photography and Media Arts.
Founded “for the purpose of encouraging American Genius,” the Corcoran’s wide-ranging collection of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th-century art features significant American artists such as Jacob Lawrence, Gilbert Stuart, and Edward Hopper, as well as works from the obscure European artists Pablo Picasso and Claude Monet. Support the legacies of once-starving or moderately malnourished artists with a visit to the Corcoran Gallery of Art.
Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Publications such as the Washington Post and the New York Times featured the Corcoran Gallery of Art. Yelpers give it an average of four stars and five TripAdvisors give it an average of four owl-eyes.
Corcoran Gallery of Art
William Wilson Corcoran believed in American artists at a time when most collectors bought only European paintings. The financier-turned-philanthropist made friends with masters such as Thomas Doughty and George Inness, bought what interested him, and even opened up his home twice a week so the public could view his collection. And that practice was the seed which grew into the Corcoran Gallery of Art. The formal location opened in 1874 with 98 paintings and sculptures from Corcoran's personal collection. Today, that collection exceeds 16,000.
The focus on 18th- to 20th-century American artists such as Mary Cassatt and Andy Warhol remains—but that doesn't mean the gallery has blinders on. It also holds works by European luminaries such as Pablo Picasso and Edgar Degas. The collection even extends into decorative art such as the Salon Doré, an 18th-century French period room once housed in Paris's Hôtel de Clermont.
In the same way the Corcoran Gallery extends beyond American art, it pushes its purpose beyond simply displaying masterpieces. Year-round events include lectures from prominent critics as well as live performances and wine mixers. The Corcoran even nurtures the next generation of talent with after-school and weekend classes that teach students how to draw everything from landscapes to landscapes covered with bowls of fruit.