The gallery is one of the most esteemed repositories of American art in the U.S. In addition to its extensive collection of American art from the 18th through the 20th centuries, it also collects European art, and has recently made efforts to expand its collection of modern and contemporary European and American art.
Recent acquisitions have included James Renwick Brevoort’s Half Moon Cove, Gloucester Bay, Massachusetts; William Douglas MacLeod’s Sunrise on the Potomac; and Thomas Chimes’ Waterfall. Highlights of the collection are Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot’s Repose, Roy DeCarava’s photograph Sun and Shade, and Jacob Lawrence’s 1920s…The Migrants Cast Their Ballots.
The gallery’s past exhibitions have included “Masterpieces from Turner to Cezanne”, “Sargent and the Sea,” Richard Avedon portraits, art by Elena del Rivero, and European landscapes.
Corcoran Gallery Of Art, College Of Art and Design Information
- Public Transportation: Excellent (easily accessible from the Metro Orange, Blue, and Red lines, as well as Metro bus)
- Handicapped Accessibility: Good (wheelchair access provided at E Street entrance, located near the intersection of 17th and E Street NW)
- Hours: Wednesday, Friday–Sunday 10 a.m.–5 p.m., Thursday 10 a.m.– 9 p.m.
- Admission: Regular admission is $10, special exhibitions are $14, seniors and military $12; students $10, children 6 and under free; groups are accommodated with occasional discounts. The Corcoran’s permanent collection is on view free of charge for all reciprocal members (reciprocal membership privileges do not apply for admission to ticketed exhibitions)
- Tours: Free tours are given daily at noon, except on Tuesdays. Lasting approximately 45 minutes, they provide an overview of the Corcoran’s collections and include an introduction to the building
- Membership: Individual membership is $60 annually and includes free year-round admission, invitations to preview days for special exhibitions, free or reduced admission to public programs, and advance opportunity to register for continuing-education courses at the Corcoran College of Art and Design. Discount packages are available: student membership (with valid ID) $30/annually; national membership $45/annually (for those living 250 or more miles from Washington, D.C.); senior membership (62+) $50/annually
- Other Benefits: Supporting membership ($160/annually) gets you reciprocal admission to select museums nationwide.