Past Exhibitions

Browse the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery’s past exhibitions, including those held in the gallery’s past location in the Media and Public Affairs Building and the Dimock Gallery in the Lisner Auditorium, both on George Washington University’s campus.



Dialogue: Art Students' Works and GW Collection Paintings

February 7 - March 13, 2020

Painting of the sky through a ceiling window that looks like the Corcoran rotunda

Baxon Hwang, The Window of Hope (Blue Sky), 2019, acrylic on cotton canvas.  Gift of the artist, 2020.  © Baxon Hwang

Students from the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design were given the opportunity to see their works on display alongside pieces from the GW Collection including artists such as Lowell Nesbitt, Alfred McAdams, James Twitty and Franklin White. The exhibition also included two new gifts of artwork by B.K. Adams and John Singer Sargent.


HOME: Selections from the Corcoran Study Collection

November 14, 2019 - March 13, 2020

Night time image of house from the outside, dark except for a light seen through the door

Richard Rodriguez, Chris's Room, 1979 (printed 1980), chromogenic color print.  Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art, (Museum Purchase with the aid of funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, Washington, D.C., a Federal agency, and the Polaroid Corporation.)

In the first exhibition of works from the former Corcoran Gallery of Art’s collection, recently returned to the Flagg Building, HOME showed the many facets of “home” through photographic works. From works exploring Washington, D.C., the city many of us call home, to more intangible feelings of comfort, these works explore the many different definitions of home. Reinterpreted within a very personal subject, some of these photographs are unintentionally moving. Joe Cameron’s work showing reflections on the side of the National Museum of American History is imbued with a poignant reflection, while nearby an image of an open garage by Garry Winogrand becomes a portal to the safe interior of a home for the young child depicted.

For this exhibition, the Brady Art Gallery collaborated with students from the GW graduate course History of Exhibitions, taught by Lisa Lipinski, to produce this show. Drawing inspiration from the works in the Corcoran Study Collection and the theme of home, students researched and wrote the wall labels for the included works in this exhibition, adding to the continuing scholarship on the works. Artists include Joe Cameron, Vladimir Filonov, Jacob Gayer, Jan Groover, Paul Kennedy, Darrow Montgomery (Corcoran BFA ’87), Richard Rodriguez (GW MFA ’81), Arthur Rothstein, Claudia Smigrod (GW MFA ’78), Nikolai Smilyk, Diana Walker, and Garry Winogrand.

In Fashion: Selections from the GW Collection

August 8 - October 27, 2019

Black and white photograph by Stephen Livick of a mannequin dressed as a woman

Stephen Livick, Untitled (Single Mannequin), 1978, gelatin silver print.  Gift of Lawrence Benenson, 1982. © Stephen Livick

This exhibition showcased a number of well-known designers, models and individuals connected to fashion including Carolina Herrera, Neiman Marcus, Brigitte Bardot and Mick Jagger. Countering the glamorous side of the fashion industry, photographs by Steven Livick drew attention to the slim line between models and their inanimate counterparts: mannequins.

This exhibition was presented in conjunction with the exhibition Fast Fashion/Slow Art.  




2018 - 2019

A Time for Action: Washington Artists Circa 1989

June 13 - October 13, 2019

Paintings of a window, a bridge, and a tree installed in a gallery


A companion exhibition opening to 6.13.89. This exhibition will display paintings, drawings and prints from the GW Collection by artists who registered their protest of the cancellation of the exhibition, Robert Mapplethorpe: A Perfect Moment. Also included are selected reminiscences of artists who were in Washington, D.C. at the time experiencing the upheaval as it occurred. Among these artists are Clark V. Fox, Andrew Hudson, Eric Rudd, Ann Purcell and William Newman. 




Have a Look: Selections from the GW Collection

February 7 - March 23, 2019

Black and white print by Howard Hodgkin showing a window with a lounge chair in front of it.

Howard Hodgkin, Thinking Aloud in the Museum of Modern Art, 1979, etching on yellowish gray Hodgkinson handmade paper.  Gift of Carleen Keating, 2017. © Howard Hodgkin Estate

Collecting since 1821, GW holds many “hidden” treasures ranging from an early painting by the famed painter Fernando Botero, to a trove of over 152 photographs by Andy Warhol.  The GW Collection now numbers over 3800 works with particular strengths in modern and contemporary photography, Washington-area artists and GW-associated artists such as alumni, professors and artists who were exhibited at the Dimock or Brady Art Galleries.  Now located in the Corcoran Flagg Building, the collection continues to represent the university’s long history in the Washington D.C. art scene. 


Howard Hodgkin in Venice and Italy Inspiration

November 8, 2018 - January 26, 2019

Howard Hodgkin print Venice: Afternoon, orange background with black dots and central green area

Howard Hodgkin, Venice: Afternoon, 1995.  Gift of Carleen Keating/© Alan Cristea Gallery, London/ The Bridgeman Art Library.

This exhibition displayed four prints from Howard Hodgkin’s 1995 “Venetian Series” from a recent gift of 10 prints from GW alumna Carleen Keating, alongside a rug designed by Mr. Hodgkin and a painting titled “Little Venice.”

Hodgkin (1923-2017), a British painter, completed more than 120 lithographs, etchings and screen prints during his career. This suite of four large-scale prints on Venice, measure approximately 5 by 6 feet each, mirrorring Hodgkin’s paintings in size and the stylistic feeling provided by hand coloring and a brushstroke-like mark. The rug was gifted to GW by the late artist’s partner Antony Peattie and facilitated by Dr. Luther W. Brady. 

A companion exhibition, “Italy Inspiration,” showed photographs and prints from the GW Collection and paintings by GW alumni and a GW professor emeritus depicting the feel of Italy as well as the country’s unique sites. 

2017 - 2018

Full Circle: Hue and Saturation in the Washington Color School

June 14 - October 26, 2018

Large colorful paintings installed in the Corcoran Flagg Building


In the first exhibition in their new space; three galleries in GW’s Corcoran School of the Arts & Design the Luther W. Brady Art Gallery paid tribute to the Washington Color School as well as the historic connections shared by GW’s art galleries and collection and the Corcoran.

This exhibition brought to mind parallels between the collection and exhibition histories of GW and the Corcoran. More than thirty works were shown by notable Washington Color School and Color Field artists including Blair Apperson, Leon Berkowitz, Renee Butler, Gene Davis, Tom Downing, Sam Gilliam, Gay Glading, Carol Brown Goldberg, Cynthia Bickley Green, James Hilleary, Darryl Hughto, Sheila Isham, Jacob Kainen, Daniel Yellow Kuhne, Mokha Laget, Morris Louis, Willem de Looper, Howard Mehring, Jules Olitski, Larry Poons, Ann Purcell, Paul Reed, Alma Thomas, Anne Truitt and Ken Young.