The Corcoran Gallery of Art has agreed to be taken over by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University. Founded in 1869, the museum is Washington’s oldest private art museum and has long hosted a college of art and design. Here’s a look at the Corcoran over the years.
A 160-foot, 12-foot copy of a Revolutionary period naval pennant being moved into place at the Corcoran in 1976. (Washington Post archives) Students at the Corcoran School of Art in the fall semester of 1937. (Washington Post archives) A student at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 1937. (Washington Post archives) Corcoran sculpture class during World War II, 1943. (Washington Post archives)
In 1972, a man called the Corcoran and warned “The Soviets better watch out.” Corcoran officials sent 2,000 visitors out of the building so it could be searched. Nothing was found. (Washington Post archives)
Woodrow Wilson student Leroy Palmer in a fantastic Subway T-shirt posing by a piece of his work, 1982. (Washington Post archives)
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