Capitol Grounds Tour with Former Curator for the Architect of the Capitol, Barbara Wolanin
Saturday, September 25 | 10am | In-person event
Limit: 8 guests
Art historian Dr. Barbara Wolanin, who for 30 years took care of the art and archives for the U.S. Capitol and oversaw conservation of all of the outdoor sculpture, will give an outdoor tour for a group of up to 8 people (wearing masks and distancing as required.)
Included in the one to one-and-a-half hour walking tour will be a history of the construction of the Capitol and the Capitol Grounds. Dr. Wolanin will tell you about the Statue of Freedom, the marble pediment sculpture, the Garfield and Peace Monuments, the Grant Memorial, and the Summer House. Questions and observations welcomed.
Join us for this rare opportunity.
Dr. Barbara Wolanin started as the Curator for the Architect of the Capitol in 1985. She was responsible for the care of the works of art and historical records under the jurisdiction of the Architect of the Capitol. Her duties included overseeing the art conservation program, research, and exhibitions. Among the conservation projects she managed was the bronze Statue of Freedom, the murals in the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress, and numerous murals by Constantino Brumidi, including the Apotheosis of Washington, the frieze under the dome, and the Brumidi Corridors. Her book on Brumidi highlights the conservation of his murals. She coordinated donations and commissions of art with the Joint Committee on the Library (and the Senate). She worked closely with the United States Capitol Historical Society in managing the fellowship program and in planning symposia and advised on and supported exhibits and tour training for the Capitol Visitor Center. She received a Ph.D. in art history from the University of Wisconsin in Madison and master’s degrees from Harvard University and Oberlin College, where she majored in art as an undergraduate. She previously taught art history at James Madison University and Trinity College (now University) in Washington, D.C.