Events

Dumbarton Oaks will host a series of events for all ages in conjunction with “Juggling the Middle Ages.”
All events take place at Dumbarton Oaks unless otherwise noted. Please check back closer to the events for further details: reservations may be required for some events.

Wednesday, December 12, 2-4pm. Panel: “Boutet de Monvel’s Joan of Arc and the Beauty of Books in Fin-de-Siècle Paris.”
An expert panel will explore French medievalism at the turn of the twentieth century by examining the particular cases of Boutet de Monvel’s Joan of Arc and book arts, along with the greater phenomenon of medievalism during the Belle Epoque.

For more information about the panel and the speakers, please visit the event page.

The panel will take place in the West Building Lecture Hall at the National Gallery of Art, accessible via the Sixth Street and Constitution Avenue entrance. Registration is not required.

Learn more about artist Louis Maurice Boutet de Monvel’s depictions of Joan of Arc here.

Thursday, December 13, 6-7:30pm. Lecture: “Anatole France and Gaston Paris.”
Michel Zink, member and Permanent Secretary of the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (Institut de France), will deliver a lecture on fin-de-siècle Parisian culture and French writers Gaston Paris and Anatole France, preceded by a gallery viewing from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. An expert on medieval French literature, Zink is the author of a number of publications, including Bienvenue au Moyen Âge and Nature et poésie au Moyen Âge.

Please register for this event here.

Saturday, December 15, 10:30am-12:30pm. Meet David and Mark Shannon.
Hosted by the DC Public Library Georgetown Branch, brothers and author/illustrator team Mark and David Shannon will offer a reading of their book, The Acrobat and the Angel. This beautifully written and illustrated story will delight young audience members, who will also be able to engage with the Shannons and participate in other fun activities after the reading.

Wednesday, January 23 (time TBD). Public Screening: Tony Curtis, “The Young Juggler” (1960).
“Some Like It Hot” came out in 1959, and “Spartacus” in 1960. At the pinnacle of his career, Tony Curtis starred in a telefilm that he coproduced. Though not on a par with either film just mentioned, this 51-minute television segment offers an unusual take on the juggler story to show off Curtis’s looks and talents. It makes the original character into a lady’s man who when pursued by vengeful cuckolds betrays his best friend. Since airing on March 29, 1960, the film has not been screened. Come and enjoy time travel back nearly sixty years—and perhaps a few laughs, both intended and not so.

Sunday, January 27, 4-6pm. Concert, in conjunction with Washington National Opera.
This special selection of pieces affiliated with operatic versions of the Juggler story will feature performers from Washington National Opera’s Young Artists Program, which helps develop the careers of gifted young opera singers and coach-accompanists. This a wonderful opportunity to experience rarely performed operatic works and discover emerging artists.

Thursday, February 7, 5:30-7pm. Public Lecture by Professor Jeroen Dewulf.
Director of UC Berkeley’s Institute of European Studies and Dutch Studies Program, Associate Professor Jeroen Dewulf (Department of German) will lecture on clandestine Dutch-language literature during World War II. Dewulf’s books range from the transatlantic slave trade through resistance publications under the Nazis to (post)colonial culture. His broad expertise promises to make this an engaging talk.

Past Events

Thursday, October 18, 5:30pm. Juggling the Middle Ages Exhibition Opening Event.
Celebrate the opening of Juggling the Middle Ages at Dumbarton Oaks with a curatorial presentation and special reception, featuring live juggling performances and the opportunity to meet the artist of the exhibit’s iconic stained glass window. Jan Ziolkowski, Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Medieval Latin at Harvard University and director of Dumbarton Oaks, will begin the evening with a lecture and an audience discussion session. Access to the Galleries and a reception on the Music Room Terrace with beer, wine, and light fare will follow.

Thursday, October 25, 5:30-7pm. Lecture: “What, in the World, Is Medievalism?”
The President of the International Society for the Study of Medievalism and author of Medievalism: A Manifesto, Professor Richard Utz (School of Literature, Media, and Communication at Georgia Tech) takes a democratic approach to medieval studies and public scholarship. This lecture will address modern engagement with medieval culture, echoing the theme of the exhibition.

Saturday, October 27, 2-4pm. Family Day.
Family Day is a great opportunity for children of all ages to learn about our Juggling the Middle Ages exhibition through hands-on activities, including juggling lessons for kids! Families can enjoy two live juggling performances, arts and crafts tables, and book readings, followed by the chance to view the exhibition.
Live performances will take place at 2:30 and 3:30. Light snacks and refreshments will be available.

This event is part of the 11th annual Kids Euro Festival, a two-week long festival of European arts and culture presenting over 80 free activities to D.C. metro area children and their families. For the full lineup of events, please visit www.kidseurofestival.org.

Saturday, November 3, 2-4pm. Meet R. O. Blechman.
The creator of what are now considered by many to be the earliest graphic novels, R. O. Blechman, will discuss his first work, The Juggler of Our Lady. This cartoon retelling of the medieval legend was first published in 1953 and later adapted into an award-winning short animated film. Blechman’s innovative style has become iconic, and the American illustrator was the focus of a 2003 MoMA exhibition and inducted into the Society of Illustrators Hall of Fame in 2012.

Thursday, November 8, 5:30-7pm. Lecture: “The Virgin and the Juggler: Mary East and West.”
Annemarie Weyl Carr, professor of art history emerita at Southern Methodist University, will explore the Mary who steps into the story of the Juggler of Notre Dame and the form of the Juggler’s devotion to her to watch how a kind of beneficial tale that emerged in the East became such an evocative emblem of the medieval West.

Saturday, November 10, 2pm. Meet Tomie dePaola.
Award-winning author and illustrator Tomie dePaola will offer a reading of his celebrated children’s book The Clown of God, followed by a Q&A session moderated by Jewell Stoddard, children’s literature expert and retired Director of Children’s Services for Politics and Prose Bookstore. This event will be preceded by a children’s program of Tomie dePaola books at the DC Public Library Georgetown Branch.

Thursday, November 15, 6-8pm. Evenings at Dumbarton Oaks.
Get a jump on the holidays at Evenings at Dumbarton Oaks! Explore our new exhibition, Juggling the Middle Ages, and unfold the long-lasting impact of a single story, Le Jongleur de Notre Dame or Our Lady’s Tumbler, on iconic adaptations such as Christmas carols and stories. Transport yourself to a European Christmas market with holiday-inspired snacks, winter-themed drinks and ales, live juggling demonstrations, and (of course) shopping! Everything in the store will be 15% off and 20% off for garden season pass holders.