Today Washington, D.C.’s Corcoran Gallery of Art and the Corcoran College of Art and Design announced a partnership with the National Gallery of Art and George Washington University (GW). The proposed collaboration would entail that the Corcoran institutions would cease to operate independently, instead integrating themselves with their new partners. According to a press release from Peggy Loar, the Corcoran’s interim director, the intuitions are currently in the midst of a “working period.”
Under the plan, the Corcoran College of Art and Design will be operated by GW, which will maintain the college as a separate entity and take up ownership of and responsibility for the upkeep of the Corcoran’s building. The Corcoran Gallery of Art will be operated by the National Gallery of Art under the new name Corcoran Contemporary, National Gallery of Art. According to the Washington Post, the National Gallery will assume initial responsibility for the 17,000 artworks in the Corcoran’s collection, and will eventually acquire a number of them before distributing the rest to museums around the country, with an emphasis on placing works with institutions in D.C.
The plan will also eliminate admission fees, currently set at $10 for adults,