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This audio series offers entertaining, informative discussions about the arts and events at the National Gallery of Art. These podcasts give access to special Gallery talks by well-known artists, authors, curators, and historians. Included in this podcast listing are established series: The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series, The Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture in Italian Art, Elson Lecture Series, A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, Conversations with Artists Series, Conversations with Collectors Series, and Wyeth Lectures in American Art Series. Download the programs, then visit us on the National Mall or at www.nga.gov, where you can explore many of the works of art mentioned. New podcasts are released every Tuesday.

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    • 4.3, 71 Ratings

This audio series offers entertaining, informative discussions about the arts and events at the National Gallery of Art. These podcasts give access to special Gallery talks by well-known artists, authors, curators, and historians. Included in this podcast listing are established series: The Diamonstein-Spielvogel Lecture Series, The Sydney J. Freedberg Lecture in Italian Art, Elson Lecture Series, A. W. Mellon Lectures in the Fine Arts, Conversations with Artists Series, Conversations with Collectors Series, and Wyeth Lectures in American Art Series. Download the programs, then visit us on the National Mall or at www.nga.gov, where you can explore many of the works of art mentioned. New podcasts are released every Tuesday.

    Black Opera as Architecture: A Conversation with Kimberly Drew, Alicia Hall Moran, and Imani Uzuri

    Black Opera as Architecture: A Conversation with Kimberly Drew, Alicia Hall Moran, and Imani Uzuri

    Kimberly Drew, writer, curator, and activist; Alicia Hall Moran, artist, composer, and mezzo-soprano; and Imani Uzuri, composer, librettist, and 2019-2020 Hutchins Fellow, W. E. B. Du Bois Research Institute, Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, Harvard University. Edgar Degas's (1834–1917) renowned images of the Paris Opéra are among the most sophisticated and visually compelling works he created. Celebrating the 350th anniversary of the Opéra’s founding, Degas at the Opéra presents approximately 100 of the artist’s best-known and beloved works in a range of media. In celebration of this exhibition on June 17, 2020, Kimberly A. Jones, curator of 19th-century French paintings, welcomes Kimberly Drew, Alicia Hall Moran, and Imani Uzuri to discuss the influence of opera on contemporary artists’ practices. Their conversation expands upon an Office magazine interview conducted by Drew about the possibilities of opera as the architecture for Black cultural production. Together they explore the medium as historically unapologetic, dramatic, and bold, asserting its potential to set a precedent for all artists. This program coincides with the publication of Drew’s book This Is What I Know About Art.

    • 51 min
    Local to Global: Teaching Critical Thinking through Art—the Gallery’s first Massive Open Online Course

    Local to Global: Teaching Critical Thinking through Art—the Gallery’s first Massive Open Online Course

    Julie Carmean, manager of national teacher programs, National Gallery of Art, and Sara Lesk, manager of Art Around the Corner, National Gallery of Art. Using Harvard Project Zero’s Artful Thinking Routines and the Gallery’s collection, Julie Carmean and Sara Lesk transformed research into practice by creating the Gallery’s first Massive Open Online Course (MOOC). The MOOC provides pre-service, K–12, and museum educators with a free opportunity to bring critical thinking through art to students around the world. In this conversation, held on January 27, 2019, as part of the Works in Progress Lecture Series, Julie and Sara present an overview of the history of the project, a glimpse inside the course, and current data from online learners and discuss the project’s future.

    • 51 min
    Reflections on the Collection: The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors at the National Gallery of Art: Thomas Kren on Giovanni d’Alemagna’s Saint Apollonia Destroys a Pagan Idol (c. 1442/1445)

    Reflections on the Collection: The Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professors at the National Gallery of Art: Thomas Kren on Giovanni d’Alemagna’s Saint Apollonia Destroys a Pagan Idol (c. 1442/1445)

    Thomas Kren (former associate director for collections, J. Paul Getty Museum and 2016 Edmond J. Safra Visiting Professor at the National Gallery of Art) examines Saint Apollonia Destroys a Pagan Idol, part of an altarpiece by Giovanni d’Alemagna. Kren describes the inherent tension between the artist’s use of pious subjects and the beautiful, at times sensual, representation of the nude. Even as the early Christian saint attacks the pagan statue of Apollo, this painting exemplifies a paradoxical embrace of ancient sculptural and architectural forms that characterized Renaissance art.

    • 51 min
    Remarks on the Dedication of the National Gallery of Art: Samuel H. Kress

    Remarks on the Dedication of the National Gallery of Art: Samuel H. Kress

    Samuel H. Kress, American businessman and philanthropist. The National Gallery of Art was created on March 17, 1937, by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon. Designed by John Russell Pope, the West Building was made possible by construction funds provided by the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust. In this speech, recorded during evening ceremonies on March 17, 1941, Kress describes his collection of Italian paintings and sculptures, and gifts these artworks to the Gallery and the people of the United States.

    • 51 min
    Remarks on the Dedication of the National Gallery of Art: Charles Evans Hughes

    Remarks on the Dedication of the National Gallery of Art: Charles Evans Hughes

    Charles Evans Hughes, 11th chief justice of the United States (1930–1941) and chairman of the National Gallery of Art (1937–1941). The National Gallery of Art was created on March 17, 1937, by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon. Designed by John Russell Pope, the West Building was made possible by construction funds provided by the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust. In this speech, recorded during evening ceremonies on March 17, 1941, Chief Justice Hughes describes Mellon’s efforts to create a national art gallery for the people of the United States and introduces Paul Mellon, one of the featured speakers.

    • 51 min
    Speech on the Dedication of the National Gallery of Art: Paul Mellon

    Speech on the Dedication of the National Gallery of Art: Paul Mellon

    Paul Mellon, American philanthropist, art collector, and founding benefactor and trustee of the National Gallery of Art. The National Gallery of Art was created on March 17, 1937, by a joint resolution of Congress accepting the gift of financier and art collector Andrew W. Mellon. Designed by John Russell Pope, the West Building was made possible by construction funds provided by the A. W. Mellon Educational and Charitable Trust. In this speech, recorded during evening ceremonies on March 17, 1941, Paul Mellon presents the completed West Building of the Gallery and the art collection of Andrew W. Mellon to the people of the United States. He describes the realization of his father’s gift, which was made possible by the support of the president and other government officials; acknowledges the generosity of others who supported his father’s vision; and commends the contributions of individuals and craftsmen involved in the building’s construction.

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Customer Reviews

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71 Ratings

71 Ratings

铿兑有 ,

Love the lectures but

Would be wonderful if the audience could see the pictures.

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Veronase reception in Britain

Exellent subject and material marred by very poor speaker. Peter Humfrey would benefit from some 'presentation' training.

HagenThomann ,

Fantastic show

I just recently stumbled into this podcast but I couldn’t be happier I did!
Fantastic episodes and lots of interesting content.
Can’t wait to go back to DC and see ‘The Life of Animals in Japanese Art’!
Thank you and keep up the great work!

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