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Saturday, May 30, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Art historian Nancy G. Heller explores some of the Prado’s most important treasures, placing them in their aesthetic and sociopolitical contexts. The day includes a Spanish-themed lunch. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, June 3, 2015 at 12:00 PM

The systematic seizure of countless art treasures during WWII was an unprecedented attack on Europe’s cultural heritage. Ori Z. Soltes of Georgetown University explores its political background, execution, and postwar and contemporary implications. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, June 6, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Art historian Karin Alexis places baroque art in its artistic and historical contexts, tracing its evolution and examining its richness and breadth through masterworks in many forms. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, June 13, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Artist and art historian Joseph Cassar leads a fascinating journey through the landscape of the imagination as reflected in the distinctive work of artists including Ernst, Arp, Miro, Magritte, and Dali. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Wednesday, June 17, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Veneto, Sardinia, Emilia-Rogmagna, Campania, Le Marche, Piedmonte: The names conjure up vivid images of spectacular landscapes, stunning art and architecture, regional cuisines, and great Italian style in all things. Fred Plotkin provides a guide to the histories and the pleasures of these distinctive areas. This is session six of a six-session course.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:30 PM

Members-Only: The creative vibrancy and energy of New York at the height of the abstract expressionist movement come alive in the striking, color-infused portraits of Elaine de Kooning. Sip a cocktail as you get a private, after-hours view of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibition of her works, guided by its curator Brandon Brame Fortune.

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 at 6:45 PM

The complex culture of South Asia has given rise to some of the world’s most remarkable artistic creations. Robert DeCaroli of George Mason University highlights the artistic traditions and historical changes within the Indian subcontinent from the earliest archaeological evidence to the onset of colonialism. (World Art History Certificate course)

Friday, July 17, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Saturday, July 18, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Though it flowered only briefly in the early years of the last century, art nouveau has had a long-lasting influence and popularity. Art historian Bonita Billman explores the movement’s organic, sinuous, and seductive styles. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the new downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Ursula Wolfman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Anatolia’s ancient ruins, ornate Byzantine churches, supremely elegant mosques, and splendid Ottoman palaces are witnesses to a colorful history. Serif Yenen, a Turkish tour guide, guidebook author, and filmmaker, leads a cultural journey that spans the centuries.

Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 10 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the National Portrait Gallery. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Monday, July 27, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Since no written Etruscan literature, history, or philosophy survives, what we know about this enigmatic ancient civilization comes from its art. Art historian Renee Gondek traces the clues to a lost world found in its stunning visual achievements. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Tuesday, August 4, 2015 at 6:45 PM

Welcome to the always-intriguing intersection of mathematics and art. In an evening filled with mind-blowing symmetrical images as well as some complex numbers, Frank Farris introduces the mathematics of symmetry and demonstrates how to create patterns from continuous waveforms.

Sunday, August 9, 2015 at 9:30 AM

Join Bill Keene on a morning walking tour to discover the Mall’s history, design, and architecture, from its earliest vision to the latest developments. View and compare a wide range of architectural styles from the Smithsonian Castle to the Museum of African American History and Culture, now under construction.

Friday, August 14, 2015 at 8:30 AM

Matisses, Modiglianis, and Monets are among the treasures found in the new downtown home of the Barnes collection. Join art historian Ursula Wolfman to view the museum’s stunning post-impressionist and early-modern works.

Saturday, August 22, 2015 at 7:00 PM

Family Program: (Ages 10 to 14) Go on an interactive exploration of the National Portrait Gallery. Then roll out your sleeping bag and dream away in the darkened halls of one of the world’s most famous museums!

Wednesday, September 9, 2015 at 6:45 PM

David Gariff, senior lecturer at the National Gallery of Art and an adjunct professor at The Catholic University of America, explores the life and work of three seminal artists working against the 19th-century backdrop of new and changing artistic theories. (World Art History Certificate elective)

Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 7:00 AM

The striking new Contemporary Art + Design Wing at the celebrated museum is the centerpiece of a visit led by museum education consultant Sheila Pinsker. Sessions led by the museum’s director and other curators focus on the best of new design and art in glass, as well as the form’s history.

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