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Tuesday, January 4, 2011; 9:27 PM


Plans for an addition by noted architect Frank Gehry are announced.

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The Corcoran cancels a $200 million planned expansion by Frank Gehry.

David Levy, the director, resigns.

The Corcoran decides to close on Mondays, as well as the traditional Tuesdays.


Paul Greenhalgh, president of an art college in Nova Scotia and former head of research at London's Victoria & Albert Museum, becomes director.

The Corcoran purchases the Randall School from the District as part of an expansion.


"Modernism: Designing a New World, 1914-1939" draws 93,000 visitors. Shows on Annie Leibovitz and Ansel Adams bring in crowds.


The Corcoran closes seven weeks to allow roof repairs. The museum also restores the facade on the 1897 building.

The Corcoran announces layoffs for 18 positions.

Fred Bollerer becomes the chief operating officer.

January 2010

Spring enrollment at the college increases 17 percent.

February 2010

The Corcoran sells the Randall School for $6.5 million.

April 2010

The Corcoran closes the exhibition "Turner to Cezanne" early because of problems with the climate control system.

May 2010

Paul Greenhalgh, the director, announces he is leaving.

Fred Bollerer, the chief operating officer, becomes director.

June 2010

The Corcoran ends its fiscal year with a $4 million deficit.

September 2010

The Corcoran opens the contemporary art space NOW.

The permanent collection is reinstalled and gallery space reclaimed.

December 2010

Kirk Pillow, the interim president of the College of Art and Design, announces his departure for the University of the Arts in Philadelphia.

The Corcoran announces that it is leasing its adjacent property for an office building project of Carr Properties.

The Corcoran hires Lord Cultural Resources, internationally known cultural strategists, to develop a plan for the future.

- Jacqueline Trescott

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