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European Month of Culture at Dumbarton Oaks

Celebrate with a concert featuring Keir GoGwilt and Matthew Aucoin and an open house and reception in the house and gardens. The concert is from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., and the doors open at 7:00 p.m. for the open house and reception.

May 21, 2017 06:00 PM to 09:00 PM

Dumbarton Oaks Museum and Gardens


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Dumbarton Oaks invites you to celebrate the 2017 European Month of Culture on the evening of Sunday, May 21. Join us to attend a marvelous concert, view the house and gardens in an entirely new light, and enjoy a rare reception in the historic gardens, all the while exploring the many connections between this historic “home of the humanities” and the vibrant cultural heritage of Europe.

The concert will be from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m., followed by an open house and reception from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

The evening will begin with a concert in the historic Music Room, featuring violinist Keir GoGwilt with composer and conductor Matthew Aucoin on piano. (Aucoin was resident musician at Dumbarton Oaks in 2015.) The duo will perform works by Bach and Mozart, as well as the premiere of Aucoin’s piece Its Own Accord.

After the concert, the entire museum will be open to the public for an extended evening. The rare book reading room will also be open, and several special exhibitions will be on view:

  • Women in Art, 1850–1910 examines the fashionably dressed, urban woman of the late nineteenth century in works collected by the institution’s founders, Mildred and Robert Woods Bliss, who admired the art of the Impressionists, especially the paintings of the Belgian artist Alfred Stevens.
  • Ancient Bronzes in the Dumbarton Oaks Collections highlights the craft of bronze metallurgy and its techniques, and invites visitors to ask questions about the craftsmanship, use, and meaning of ancient works in bronze.
  • Imagining the Empress: Theodora in Popular Culture, 1882–1922 shows viewers how a single historical figure—the sixth-century Byzantine empress Theodora—captured the public imagination at the end of the nineteenth century through film, theater, opera, and even buttons.
  • City Water/City Life displays materials from the Rare Book Collection to explore the past and present of three major European cities (Amsterdam, Florence, and Paris).
  • Early Bliss Acquisitions: Collecting in Paris and London, 1912–1916 examines the taste and acquisitions of Robert and Mildred Bliss when they resided in Paris.
  • Collecting Textiles features late Roman and early Byzantine hangings and curtains in tapestry weave, used in both private and religious spaces, alongside dazzling looped and woven garments from the Andes.

The beautiful main house, normally closed to walk-in visitors, will be open to the public. Dumbarton Oaks staff and fellows will be on hand to speak about the history of the house and its many works of art. Displays of photographs and personal correspondence will illuminate the the lives of its founders, and their many deep connections to European art, politics, and culture.

After exploring the house, come enjoy an early summer evening in the majestic gardens, which rival the grounds of some of the greatest houses of Europe. From a reception with hors d’oeuvres in the Orangery, the oldest surviving structure on the grounds of Dumbarton Oaks, wind your way through the many nooks and terraces of one of America’s most magnificent gardens.

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History and Founders

The Dumbarton Oaks Conversations

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Museum Collections


This program is part of the European Month of Culture #EUMC2017.

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