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Dumbarton Oaks Response to COVID-19

Out of an abundance of caution, the Museum and Garden will be closed temporarily beginning Saturday, March 14. In addition, Dumbarton Oaks will cancel all public events through the end of May.

We are closely monitoring developments regarding the COVID-19 outbreak and will update our website to reflect any changes to our operations and programming.

 
Ensemble Caprice

Ensemble Caprice

(Dumbarton Oaks Music Room, from Apr 05, 2020 07:00 PM to Apr 06, 2020 08:00 PM)

CANCELLED | Canada’s lively period-instrument orchestra performs the best of the recently unearthed opera Motezuma, by Antonio Vivaldi.

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When Cortés Met Malinche, and Montezuma Met Cortés: Alternative Facts and Disturbing Truths

When Cortés Met Malinche, and Montezuma Met Cortés: Alternative Facts and Disturbing Truths

(The Oak Room, Fellowship House, from Apr 09, 2020 06:00 PM to Apr 09, 2020 07:30 PM)

CANCELLED | Matthew Restall offers new theories and perspectives on the Spanish-Aztec encounter, arguing that it is time to upend the traditional tale of the so-called Conquest.

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Margaret Mee and the Tradition of Botanical Representation

Margaret Mee and the Tradition of Botanical Representation

(Founders’ Room, from Apr 10, 2020 03:00 PM to Apr 10, 2020 04:00 PM)

POSTPONED | This illustrated talk situates Margaret Mee within a tradition of botanical illustration going back to the early modern period and addresses the distinctive qualities of Mee’s art.

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Face to Face: Literary Cultures and Bilingual Books in the Digital Age

(The Oak Room, Fellowship House, from Apr 16, 2020 05:30 PM to Apr 16, 2020 06:30 PM)

CANCELLED | Panelists examine facing-page translation books and the challenges and advantages of this format in the digital age.

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Paints and Pens in the Service of Botany

Paints and Pens in the Service of Botany

(Founders’ Room, from Apr 17, 2020 03:00 PM to Apr 17, 2020 04:00 PM)

POSTPONED | Alice Tangerini discusses the overlaps in art and illustration and how the ability to discern the value of each by the viewer can elevate the appreciation of both genres.

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Byzantine Missions: Meaning, Nature, and Extent

Byzantine Missions: Meaning, Nature, and Extent

(Dumbarton Oaks Music Room, from Apr 24, 2020 08:30 AM to Apr 25, 2020 06:00 PM)

CANCELLED | Through this two-day symposium, scholars aim to better understand how the Byzantines perceived the universal claim of their empire and their church.

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Segregation and Resistance in America’s Urban Landscapes

Segregation and Resistance in America’s Urban Landscapes

(Dumbarton Oaks, from May 08, 2020 08:45 AM to May 09, 2020 05:30 PM)

CANCELLED | This symposium addresses the everyday spatial practices through which marginalized communities resisted oppressions and constructed alternative or counter narratives and spaces.

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Cultural Capital: Philanthropy in the Arts and Humanities Today

Cultural Capital: Philanthropy in the Arts and Humanities Today

(Dumbarton Oaks, from May 14, 2020 06:00 PM to May 15, 2020 05:00 PM)

CANCELLED | The conference begins on Thursday night with a keynote lecture on cultural and strategic philanthropy by Dr. Stanley Katz. Speakers on Friday will discuss the evolution and impact of philanthropy to arts and humanities organizations.

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Plant Exploration and Species Discovery in a Rapidly Changing World

Plant Exploration and Species Discovery in a Rapidly Changing World

(Founders’ Room, from May 22, 2020 03:00 PM to May 22, 2020 04:00 PM)

POSTPONED | In discussing the joys and perils of plant collecting, W. John Kress highlights the importance of botanical art and illustration in documenting vanishing biodiversity.

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Patterns in Nature: Perspectives of a Botanical Photographer

Patterns in Nature: Perspectives of a Botanical Photographer

(Founders’ Room, from May 29, 2020 03:00 PM to May 29, 2020 04:00 PM)

POSTPONED | Amy Lamb shares the beauty of the life of plants viewed through her camera, bringing us closer to the magnificence of nature.

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Faces of Rulership in the Maya Region

Faces of Rulership in the Maya Region

(Dumbarton Oaks Music Room, from Oct 09, 2020 08:30 AM to Oct 10, 2020 06:00 PM)

Through this two-day symposium, scholars aim to better understand concepts of rulership and governance in Ancient Maya culture.

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