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 mild to moderate 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

We are grateful to the following for their generous support:
Walter A. Bloedorn Foundation

Schedule: Fall 2018

September: Picasso


Pablo Picasso, Man with the Golden Helmet, after Rembrandt (L'homme au casque d'or aprés Rembrandt), 11969, Oil on canvas, 57 1/4 x 44 3/4 inches, The Kreeger Museum

In this Picasso painting we encounter a figure with horns of a bull, the dress of a matador, the golden helmet of Rembrandt, and the colors of the Spanish flag. Exuberantly painted with broad brush strokes, it reveals much about Picasso’s biography.

September 10  – 11 am and 2 pm
September 17 – 11 am and 2 pm

October:  Mayan Head

Bamana Headdress
Head of a Mayan God, State of Campeche, Mexico, Terminal Classic, c. 800-900 CE. Limestone with calcification, 20 x 20 3/8 x 15 1/4 inches,The Kreeger Museum.

A piece of carved stone from the Classic Period of Mayan civilization, the “Mayan Head” has wide eyes, a nose ring, ear spools, and a headdress; it is said to represent Huehueteotl, the old fire god. Considering this piece helps us appreciate the complexity of this civilization, its intricate cities, social structure, advanced astronomy, and religion.

October 15 – 11 am and 2 pm 


November: Monet

Claude Monet, Arm of the Seine near Giverny in the Fog (Bras de Seine près de Giverny, brouillard), 1897, Oil on canvas, 36 1/2 x 35 inches,The Kreeger Museum.

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

December: Beckmann

Bonnard, The Bay

Max Beckmann, Sunny Beach with Bathers or Green Sea with Yello Skiff (Grünes Meer mit gelbern Kahn), 1937, Oil on canvas, 19 3/4 x 28 1/4 inches The Kreeger Museum.


The more one studies this beach scene by Max Beckmann, the more sinister it becomes. In spite of typical elements of a boat, bathers, and waves, there are heavy black lines, twisted perspective, and strange depth, which serve to disturb and create a feeling of unease.

December 10 – 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  must 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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