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The Gallery has an ongoing schedule of free family-friendly activities including family workshops, special family weekends, family concerts, storytelling programs, guided conversations, teen studios, and exhibition discovery guides. The Film Program for Children and Teens aims to present a broad range of recently produced films, selected for their appeal to youth and adult audiences, and at the same time to foster an understanding of film as an art form. Families may explore the collection together using the children's audio and video tour which highlights 50 masterpieces on display in the West Building's Main Floor galleries.
The National Gallery of Art was opened to the public in 1941 with funds provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The original collection of masterpieces was provided by Mellon, who was the U. S. Secretary of the Treasury and ambassador to Britain in the 1930s. Mellon collected European masterpieces and many of the Gallery’s original works were once owned by Catherine II of Russia and purchased in the early 1930s by Mellon from the Hermitage Museum in Leningrad. The collection of the National Gallery of Art has constantly expanded and in 1978, the East Building was added to exhibit 20th century contemporary art including works by Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Mark Rothko. The East Building also houses the Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts, a large library, photographic archives, and administrative offices.
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