Galleries and Exhibitions
The Dumbarton Oaks Museum features permanent gallery exhibitions as well as changing special exhibitions. The Byzantine and Pre-Columbian Galleries comprise individual, permanent displays that are home to the two focused collections of and art. The of western Medieval Art is featured in the . Additional spaces, including the Special Exhibition Gallery, the Textile Gallery, the Orientation Gallery, and the Rare Book Gallery, house changing exhibitions on themes selected by the curators.
Now on View
September 8, 2015–May 22, 2016
November Rotation: Collecting—Collecting art is a passion. For Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, the founders of Dumbarton Oaks, this passion was lifelong. Although they collected broadly—from cultures as diverse as the ancient Chinese to the modern French—they collected with discrimination and taste, with particular focus on Byzantine and Pre-Columbian art. When possible, the Dumbarton Oaks Museum continues to collect in the spirit of its founders.
On view November 1–29. Curator’s Tours: November 6 and 20, 2015 | 3 p.m.
Clothing for the Afterlife: Textiles from the Pre-Columbian Collection
October 9, 2015–April 3, 2016, in the Textile Gallery
Textiles, more than gold and precious stones, marked a person’s social status in the ancient Andes. The sumptuous attire of the ancient Andes offers a glimpse into the cultures’ elite lifestyles and their perceptions of the afterlife.
Stephens & Catherwood Revisited: Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time
September 1–November 30, 2015, in the Orientation and Rare Book Galleries, and online here.