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When Corcoran’s partnership didn’t work out as hoped, thoughts turned to a takeover

In the end, two of the Washington region’s most prestigious institutions — the University of Maryland and the Corcoran Gallery of Art — each felt a bit ill-used by the other. And two others — George Washington University and the National Gallery of Art — swooped in to feast on the pieces of a courtship gone bad.

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A timeline of the Corcoran Gallery of Art’s troubled history

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington’s oldest privately owned art museum, opened in 1874 with a charge to encourage “American genius.” The ensuing decades included a new building and expansions, major additions to the collection and the establishment of the Corcoran College of Art and Design.

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Corcoran Gallery of Art and college agrees to takeover by the National Gallery of Art, GWU

The Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington’s oldest private art museum, and its venerable college of art and design would cease to exist as an independent institution, and its key components — artwork, historic building and school program — would be taken over by the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University, under a plan announced Wednesday.

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Corcoran hopes to benefit from Monet that will be auctioned in May

It was in springtime in New York, in 1930, when a fabulously wealthy 23-year-old amateur artist and reluctant denizen of the society pages named Huguette Clark bought a picture of water lilies by Claude Monet. She was following the art-collecting footsteps of her late billionaire father, William A. Clark, who left his massive trove to the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington.

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ArtsBeat: DeVos Institute of Arts Management to Relocate to the University of Maryland

The University of Maryland will become the new home of the DeVos Institute of Arts Management next fall when Michael Kaiser, its founder and the current president of the Kennedy Center in Washington, relocates the organization to the university.
    






Museums in transition: Corcoran Gallery sees its finances improve after rough patch

In April, the Corcoran Gallery of Art announced a partnership with the University of Maryland that the Corcoran said could lead to shared faculty members, joint student degrees and an expansion of the Corcoran College of Art and Design by hundreds of students. The details of that partnership have not been released but should be “coming soon,” according to Mimi Carter, spokeswoman for the Corcoran.

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