Corcoran Public Programs in October + November

October 19, 2009

Students, faculty, and staff are welcome to attend the below events FREE of charge with a valid Corcoran ID. To reserve your space, please contact the Public Programs department at (202) 639-1774 or

 NOW Ensemble

Monday, October 19 at 7 p.m.

NOW Ensemble, a dynamic young group of performers and composers dedicated to making new chamber music for the 21st century, takes to the Corcoran’s stage!  Fusing classical tradition with a blend of diverse musical influences, the ensemble’s unique instrumentation includes piano, flute, clarinet, electric guitar, and double bass. NOW’s performances are as lively and engaging as they are rigorous and technically sophisticated.  On this evening of fresh new music, NOW presents an entire program of new works by young composers that have never before been performed in Washington, D.C. 


An Evening with Michael Smith

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Michael Smith, one of the interior design industry’s most respected talents, has won many prestigious awards including Architectural Digest’s 100 Top Designers and Elle Décor’s Designer of the Year in 2003. Known for his luxurious style and celebrity clientele, Smith’s latest high-profile project will take place right here in the heart of DC—at the White House. Smith’s new clients, the Obamas, selected him to redesign the living quarters in their new residence. On this evening of stunning design, Smith discusses his favorite projects and creative inspirations.


The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism

Monday, November 2 at 7 p.m.

Author Nicholas Fox Weber brings the Bauhaus school to life, capturing the spirit and individual personalities of six of the school’s greatest artists and designers– Walter Gropius, Paul Klee, Wassily Kandinsky, Josef Albers, Anni Albers, and Ludwig Miles van der Rohe.


Fierce Style

Tuesday, November 3 at 7 p.m.

Named “America’s next great fashion designer” by Tim Gunn, design prodigy Christian Siriano made headlines as the youngest designer to ever win Bravo’s hit television show, Project Runway. He discusses how to be “fierce” in fashion and in everyday life.


Sargent and the Sea: A Symposium

Saturday, November 7 from 9 a.m.–5 p.m.

To complement the original and groundbreaking exhibition Sargent and the Sea, the Corcoran presents a day-long scholarly symposium exploring themes related to the exhibition and the artist, presented by scholars, curators, and thinkers from the U.S. and abroad. A reception and exhibition viewing for symposium attendees takes place on Friday, November 6, 6–8 p.m.


The Overwhelming Sublime in Burtynsky’s Images

Thursday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

Gallery talk

Complimentary with Gallery admission.

Kirk Pillow, provost and dean of the Corcoran College of Art + Design, discusses the sublimity of both the subject matter of Burtynsky’s photographs and of the works themselves.


An Evening with Stephen Bayley

Monday, November 9 at 7 p.m.

Stephen Bayley is one of the world’s best known and outspoken commentators on modern culture.  On this provocative evening of cultural history, Bayley explores why objects—from historic cars to the human body—convey meaning. Following the talk, Bayley signs copies of his two most recent books, Woman as Design and Cars: Freedom, Style, Sex, Power, Motion, Colour, Everything (Conran Octopus USA, 11/09).


Washington Revels: Songs of the Sea and Shore

Tuesday, November 10 at 7 p.m.

To complement the exhibition, Sargent and the Sea, the Washington Revels perform Songs of the Sea and Shore, a celebration of the songs and traditions of the men who manned the great sailing ships and the women who sustained the life of the sea-faring communities ashore.


Edward Burtynsky and the Industrial Sublime

Wednesday, November 11 at 7 p.m.

Burtynsky has mastered the art of the industrial sublime in photography, beautifully depicting the inherent tension between mankind’s struggle to preserve and exploit the landscape. On this evening, he discusses the exhibition Edward Burtynsky: Oil (on view at the Corcoran through December 13, 2009) and its place within his oeuvre.


Glimmer: Design Will Transform the World

Tuesday, November 17 at 7 p.m.

Design has moved far beyond million-dollar interiors and cool new typefaces; today design is about optimism, action, and global problem-solving. According to award-winning journalist and author Warren Berger, “glimmer” is the moment when a new solution to an old problem pops into view. Join as he explains how the formerly distinct disciplines of graphic, product, and social designs are undergoing “smart recombinations.”