In 2007, the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Monument Realty proposed to redevelop the former Randall Junior High School at 65 I St. SW. I chaired an ANC team that, as part of a deal for ANC support, negotiated (among other community benefits) an annual day of free admission for all ANC 6D residents to the Corcoran’s museum at 500 17th St. NW (admission usually costs $10). When TR SW – a partnership of Telesis Corp. and the Rubell Family – took over the Randall project, we maintained the agreement to have an annual free Randall Neighbor Day at the Corcoran.

This year, on Saturday, December 8, as part of Randall Neighbor Day 2012, anyone who can prove he or she lives in zip codes 20024 or 20003 can visit, for free, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, 500 17th St. NW. On Saturdays the museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

This year, Randall Neighbor Day takes place during a number of exciting exhibitions. These include “American Bronzes,” with works from the late 19th and early 20th centuries; “Selections from the Collection of Historic American Art,” remarkable paintings from colonial times through 1980; “Modern and Contemporary Art Since 1945,” a new permanent installation; “White Road,” photos by Ivan Sigal from his recent travels through the provinces of Central Asia; and “This Is
Not a Photo,” work from the Corcoran’s inaugural class of New Media Photojournalism.

See you at the Corcoran December 8!

By David Sobelsohn, an ANC Commissioner from 2005-11 and one of the organizers of SW ArtsFest.

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