Author Archive for Kriston Capps

Hirshhorn Chief Curator Kerry Brougher Leaves for the Academy Museum

Kerry Brougher, chief curator for the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, will run the new Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Museum, according to reports in Variety and The Hollywood Reporter
Brougher is the Hirshhorn's longest-serving curator. The acting director of the museum since last year's resignation of director Richard Koshalek, Brougher served under three other [...]

Gallery Owners Trade Traditional Spaces for Pop-Ups and Shares

When Andrea Pollan announced that she was leaving her gallery space, Curator’s Office, at 1515 14th Street NW, she was emphatic that she wasn’t closing it down for good. She’d run the microgallery for nine years before her lease expired in June 2013, but with rising rents putting storefront or smaller spaces on the District’s commercial [...]

Mall Cop: Will the Smithsonian’s David Skorton Balance Science, Technology, and the Arts?

In October 2011, Nicholas Pyenson, a curator for marine-mammal fossils at the Smithsonian Institution, made a dramatic discovery in Chile: dozens of ancient whale fossils, unearthed as a result of construction to expand the Pan-American Highway. As Smithsonian Magazine explained in a 2012 feature, the find was an especially sensitive one. The fossils had to [...]

The Corcoran’s $40 Million Magic Carpet Ride

Last June, the Corcoran Gallery of Art sold a small collection of rugs at Sotheby's. One of them, a famed 17th century Persian rug known as the Clark Sickle-Leaf Carpet, after its distinctive patterning, outdid all predictions: The piece sold for $33.8 million, well over the $5 to $7 million estimate. In all, the lot [...]

What Should Go in the Corcoran Legacy Gallery?

Heaven help the curator who’s asked to assemble works for the post-mortem gallery of the soon-to-be Corcoran Contemporary, National Gallery of Art. If a plan is approved for the Corcoran to be absorbed by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University, the institution’s Beaux-Arts building will contain something called the “Corcoran Legacy” gallery, [...]

The Final Failure of the Corcoran Gallery of Art

Last week, Washington witnessed a death that has been predicted year after year since at least the late 1960s. And yet, after so many identity crises and near-death experiences and especially the trauma of the last five years, the demise of the Corcoran Gallery of Art and College of Art + Design as we know it [...]

Martin Sullivan, Former National Portrait Gallery Director, Dies at 70

Former National Portrait Gallery director Martin Sullivan has died, the Associated Press reports.
During Sullivan's tenure as director, the museum extended the purview of its commissioned portraits beyond those of American presidents and first ladies to include such figures as Eunice Kennedy Shriver and Alice Waters. Perhaps more importantly, under Sullivan's leadership, the National Portrait Gallery expanded the range of its [...]

Reviewed: Cory Oberndorfer and Decoy at Hierarchy

D.C. painter Cory Oberndorfer is the local art world’s Katy Perry: His work is pure pop, and he almost never fails to find a hit with D.C. audiences. An artist who is consistent sometimes to the point of monotony, Oberndorfer's latest show is a surprise—and not in the best of senses. "Pop: Sucker," a new [...]

University of Maryland Letter: Corcoran Notified UMD of New Plans Yesterday

A lot of people were surprised by yesterday's announcement that the Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college would be absorbed by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. After all, since last April, the troubled institution had been pursuing publicly a partnership with the University of Maryland.
Leaders at UMD, it turns out, were [...]

Corcoran Staff and Faculty Stunned by Plan for Institution to Be Absorbed

At an all-staff meeting yesterday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, officials from the Corcoran and George Washington University gathered curators, faculty, and administrators to give them the news: the Corcoran would be absorbed. Staff shed tears as they learned that the college would become an adjunct of George Washington University and the museum's art [...]