Gariff Lecture

701 Center for Contemporary Art Presents:

A Lecture on the new National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC



Senior Lecturer, National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Modern and Contemporary Art: Renovation and Reinstallation of The National Gallery of Art

Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:30 pm
Admission: Free

701 CCA
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Columbia, SC 29201


David Gariff, Senior Lecturer at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, will give Columbia art lovers an early insight in the changes at the National Gallery regarding the renovation of the museum’s modern and contemporary art section in the museum’s East Building and the new way in which the art is installed. The renovated and reinstalled East Building will open September 30, 2016.

Gariff’s lecture will take place Thursday, September 15, 7:30 p.m., at 701 Center for Contemporary Art. Admission is free, and the public is invited. Gariff is in town to participate in the jury panel for the 701 CCA Prize 2016 for South Carolina artists 40 years and younger.

After three years of renovating existing galleries and the construction of new galleries and a roof terrace, the National Gallery’s East Building, which houses the museum’s modern art and contemporary exhibition spaces, will reopen on September 30. With the physical changes to the museum, a new configuration of the permanent collection of modern art will be unveiled to the public that date. Gariff’s talk explores selected examples of important works in the National Gallery’s modern collection and discusses some of the issues and concerns considered in creating this new presentation

National Gallery senior lecturer Gariff specialized in modern and contemporary art and the art of the Italian Renaissance. Gariff also teaches at the Catholic University of America and has taught art history at the University of Wisconsin, Cleveland State University, Trinity University and the University of Maryland, College Park, where he received his Ph.D. Gariff was a graduate fellow in Italy at the University of Florence and the University of Pisa and a Fulbright and Kress Foundation fellow at the Institute for the History of Lombard Art in Milan. Gariff has lectured and written widely on topics related to modern art, film, and the Italian Renaissance. His book The World’s Most Influential Painters and the Artists They Inspired explores the theme of artistic influence and inspiration in Western painting.

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