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

is a program for individuals with memory disorders and their caregivers. Conversations provides a forum for dialogue and connection through art and music. Each program includes a musical component provided by our partner, Levine Music, and 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: Fall 2017

Registration for the fall will begin on August 1.

September: The Architecture of The Kreeger Museum

Philip Johnson's building is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The architecture is a habitable work of art that draws from many influences—the Roman villa, the Islamic dome, the International style. We will talk about these influences on Johnson, architecture as art, and the importance of space and light to our well-being.

September 11 – 11am and 2pm
September 18 – 11am and 2pm

October: Georges Braque's Vanitas

Georges Braque
Georges Braque, The Easel (Le chevalet) or Vase, Palette and Skull, 1938, oil and sand on canvas, 36 1/8 x 36 1/4 inches.

Braque is celebrated for his Cubist collaboration with Picasso. This collaboration ended with the start of WWI, a war in which Braque suffered a head injury. Braque’s 1939 Vase, Palette, Skull seems to remember this injury and the fragility of life. We will try to puzzle out the meaning of the painting and ask whether everything, including art, is mere human vanity.

October 16 – 11am and 2pm


November: Kandinsky's Contrasts

Wassily Kandinsky
Wassily Kandinsky, Contrasts (Contrastes), 1937, gouache on gray paper, 19 7/8 x 12 3/4 inches.

Kandinsky thought that colors have a life of their own. In this delightful work we see Kandinsky studying colors and how one color transforms another. The geometry of the work belies the delight in experimentation that seems to be going on. We’ll try to think about the life of colors and what contrasts are revealed to us.

November 13 – 11am and 2pm
November 20 – 11am and 2pm

December: Monet's Focus

Claude Monet, The Seine at Port-Villez, Pink Effect (La Seine à Port-Villez, effet rose), 1894, oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 39 1/2 inches

Monet’s The Seine at Port-Villez captures a pink effect of light either at morning or towards evening. Impressionist paintings such as this invite us to sense the wonder and beauty of nature as light constantly changes its features. Certainly this was something that Monet tried to see and paint. But Monet was also shunning modernity and its urbanizing effect on people.

December 11 – 11am and 2pm


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 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.


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

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