The East Building of the National Gallery of Art in Washington will temporarily close to the public from February 28, 2022, until June 2022, to expedite the completion of a replacement skylight. The Atrium skylight is a critical component of the East Building architecture, but one in need of repair after 40 years.
Once compleed, the East Building will display new exhibitions and acquisitions. In addition, several features will enhance the visitor experience such as a more accessible entrance, a separate lobby and new restroom near the auditorium, additional accessible restrooms on the Ground Level, and updates to the existing accessible family restrooms on the Mezzanine.
On July 3, The Woman in White: Joanna Hiffernan and James McNeill Whistler will open on the East Building Mezzanine. Bringing together for the first time nearly all of Whistler’s depictions of Hiffernan, the exhibition explores their partnership and the iconic works of art resulting from their life together, including the three renowned “Symphony in White” paintings.
The East Building is the home of the museum’s contemporary and modern art collections. The West Building, which mainly features items from before 1900 and special exhibitions, will remain open.
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