Premiere of National Gallery of Art's After-hours Program "Evenings at the Edge" Celebrates Reopening of the East Building Galleries; East Building Open from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on Second Thursdays, October 2016 through April 2017

  • Evenings at the Edge: After hours at the National Gallery of Art

    Evenings at the Edge: After hours at the National Gallery of Art

Washington, DC—This fall the National Gallery of Art will premiere "Evenings at the Edge: After hours at the National Gallery of Art" to celebrate the reopening of the East Building galleries. Beginning October 13, 2016, after-hours events will take place in the East Building from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. on the second Thursday of each month through April 13, 2017. The East Building is located at Fourth Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW. The event is free; however, tickets are required.

The 19̊ knife-edge angle on the East Building was the inspiration for the title of the new program. The fun-filled evenings will offer visitors a vibrant mix of art and entertainment, including tours of the newly renovated and expanded galleries and the outdoor Roof Terrace overlooking Pennsylvania Avenue, special exhibitions, live music and performances, gallery talks, films, and more. Light fare and beverages, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase at various locations throughout the East Building.

Dates and entertainment:

October 13:
Christylez Bacon, Washington’s own Grammy®-nominated Progressive D.C. Hip-Hop artist and multi-instrumentalist

November 10:
Davina and the Vagabonds, a blues, jazz, R&B, soul, and gospel band

Joseph Webb, international award-winning percussive dancer, choreographer, poet, actor, educator, and founder of DC's American Embassy of Dance

December 8:
Deviated Theatre, the modern dance company that uses dance, acting, and aerials to tell fantastical stories

January 12:
Story District presents Avant Garde: True Stories about Experimenting, Taking Risks, and Breaking New Ground   

February 9:
A cinematic salute to the color red

March 9:
Musical performances featuring big-band and swing styles of music

April 13:
Gallery Talk: In the Tower: Theaster Gates

The new evening openings will give visitors an additional three hours to explore and enjoy with friends—old and new— the Gallery’s collections and changing exhibitions. Event details for additional “Evenings at the Edge” will be announced at a later date.

Admission and activities are free and open to the public; however, tickets are required. Tickets for the October 13 event will be available online at noon on September 26 at Tickets for subsequent events become available on the Friday one month before each Thursday event (e.g., on October 7 for the November 10 event). Information about subsequent “Evenings at the Edge” is available at or #NGANights.

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About National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art and its Sculpture Garden are at all times free to the public. They are located on the National Mall between 3rd and 9th Streets at Constitution Avenue NW, and are open Monday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Gallery is closed on December 25 and January 1. With the exception of the atrium and library, the galleries in the East Building will remain closed until late fall 2016 for Master Facilities Plan and renovations. For information call (202) 737-4215 or visit the Gallery's Web site at Follow the Gallery on Facebook at, Twitter at, and Instagram at

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