Conversations at The Kreeger Museum

Conversations at The Kreeger Museum

The Conversations program makes such a difference in Mom's life. She loves art and music, so the opportunity to spend time enjoying the beautiful Kreeger Museum, seeing and discussing a striking work of art and then listening to a fabulous music program is such a treat. It lifts her spirits and brings her such joy and makes her feel like her old self.

– Daughter of participant

, a program for individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers, provides a forum for dialogue and connection through art and music. Each hour-long program includes an interactive gallery talk and a musical component provided by our partner, Levine Music. The experience is designed to stimulate reflection, reduce stress, and increase communication and sociability.

Offered the second and third Monday of each month at 11 am and 2 pm, this program is free but registration is required. Please call (202) 337-3050 x 318 or email

Schedule: Spring 2018

January: Picasso


Pablo Picasso, Seated Nude Leaning on Pillows, 1964, oil on canvas, 28 1/2 x 36 1/8 inches, The Kreeger Museum

This is Jacqueline, Pablo Picasso’s second wife. Circles and triangles, colors of the Spanish flag seem to make for a happy painting as Picasso enters his later years. Jacqueline allowed him the freedom from the interruptions of fame and family to do what he loved the most… paint.

January 8 – 11 am and 2 pm

February: Chiwara Headdress

Bamana Headdress
Bamana culture, Headdress Mask (Chi Wara), date unknown, Mali, wood, height: 34 3/4 inches, The Kreeger Museum.

The Kreeger Chiwara is the male headdress that dances with the female to ensure that seeds sprout and millet grows high. In the headdress we find the pangolin, the rising and setting of the sun, the aardvark, the antelope. It is a carving rich with meaning and we will try to understand that meaning.

February 12 – 11 am and 2 pm 


March: Miro, Deux Personnages

Joan Miró, Two Personages (Deux personnages), 1935, oil, enamel, nails, ball bearings, cheesecloth, string, and sand on cardboard, The Kreeger Museum.

This is a collage by the “other” famous Catalonian artist, Joan Miro. Usually his work amuses and delights with its whimsy, symbolism, and biomorphic shapes. But here the shapes and colors seem menacing. The date is 1939 and so the piece speaks to the Spanish Civil War.

March 12 – 11 am and 2 pm
March 19 – 11 am

April: Bonnard, The Bay, the South of France

Bonnard, The Bay

Pierre Bonnard, The Bay or Landscape, the South of France, 1921, oil on canvas, 20 x 31 inches, The Kreeger Museum.

Bonnard is famous for the feast of colors he sets for us. The colors of blue and greens delight us in this painting, but it also represents a re-learning, a re-education of the eye, that Bonnard commenced about the time the first went to Provence. Sometimes we just don’t realize the thought and effort that guides the painter’s hand.

April 9 – 11 am and 2 pm
April 16 – 11 am and 2 pm

May: Pisarro, The Tuileries Garden, Summer

Camille Pissarro, The Tuileries Gardens, Summer, 1900, oil on canvas, 21 1/2 x 35 3/4 inches, The Kreeger Museum.

Springtime in Paris is a joyous time. One walk that is memorable is from La Place de Concord to Le Louvre, right through the Tuileries. In a late painting of Pissarro who struggled with eyesight and mobility, we see his love of Paris and the outdoors which he painted from his room on Rue de Rivoli.

May 14 – 11 am and 2 pm
May 21 – 11 am only

June: Sculpture Garden

Aristide Maillol, Pomona (Pomone), 1910 (cast 1922 or earlier), Bronze, with base, 65 x 21 1/4 x 18 3/4 inches.

Competed by Artistide Maillol in 1910, Pomona is a life-size sculptural rendering of the Roman goddess of fruit trees, gardens, and orchards. A peaceful and endearing work, the figure stands on the Sculpture Terrace with apples in either hand. What do we make of Roman/Greek mythology in the current era? Do we still value fruits, fruit trees, and gardens as we used to? How has the content of this sculpture changed since it was created?


June 11 – 11 am and 2 pm
June 18 – 11 am and 2 pm


Conversations art talks are offered on  the 2nd and 3rd Monday of each month  (except major holidays and the months  of  July and August) at 11am or 2 pm. All  programs last approximately 60 minutes.  There is no charge.

• Please call 202-337-3050 x318 or email
 Group visits are also available.

At least one family member or caregiver  should accompany the individual with  memory loss.
Programs are wheelchair accessible and  free on-site parking is available.


To make a tax-deductible donation to Conversations at The Kreeger Museum, click here.

For corporate or foundation sponsorship opportunities, please contact: Helen Chason, Museum Director, at 202-337-3050 x23 or email

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