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
May Rotation: Revealing—The act of revealing makes visible what was hidden, it gives away what was unknown before. To witness transformation is the intended and inherent concept of a revealing design that invites wonder and discovery. Both the object and the viewer’s mind become transformed. Most of the works displayed here have a built-in, concealed interior that is not visible at first glance. By operating the object, a transformation occurs, and sometimes the action of revealing exposes an unseen, inner reality. Part of the creative task of exhibitions is to use both interpretive and physical display techniques that invite the visitor to experience these moments of revelation.
On view April 28–May 22. Curator’s Tours: May 6 and 20, 2016 | 3 p.m.
Stephens & Catherwood Revisited: Maya Ruins and the Passage of Time
From September 1, 2015, in the Orientation and Rare Book Galleries, and in an online exhibit.
Clothing for the Afterlife: Textiles from the Pre-Columbian Collection
From October 9, 2015, 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.
From Consul to Emperor: The Origins of the Loros
Through May 23, 2016, in the Byzantine Gallery
Porphyry: The Imperial Stone
Through May 23, 2016, in the Bliss Gallery Case