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In-Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

Thursday, Sept. 9, 5 p.m.
Online via Zoom

This September, we’re excited to kick off Hispanic Heritage Month! How can the past experiences of Latina leaders inform our perspectives on social justice in education today? Together with the Smithsonian Latino Center, we’ll explore this key question while analyzing a portrait of educator and activist Antonia Pantoja and the portrayal of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor in “The Four Justices.” Free—Registration required.


Spotlight Programs

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Portraits of Promised Lands: In Conversation with Ying-chen Peng and Philip Tinari
Tuesday, Sept. 21, 5 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Hung Liu, who was born in Changchun, China, experienced political revolution, exile, and displacement before immigrating to the United States. She came of age during Mao Zedong’s Cultural Revolution (1966–76) and was consequently forced to labor in the fields before going on to study at the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing. Liu left China in 1984 to attend graduate school at the University of California, San Diego. This conversation will focus on Liu’s artistic journey and her approach to portraiture in the context of historical and contemporary Chinese art.

Free—Registration required


Join us for a dialogue between Philip Tinari, director and CEO of the UCCA Center for Contemporary Art, Beijing, and Ying-chen Peng, assistant professor in the department of art at American University. Dorothy Moss, curator of painting and sculpture at the National Portrait Gallery and coordinating curator for the Smithsonian American Women's History Initiative will moderate the conversation. This program is part of the Greenberg Steinhauser Forum in American Portraiture Conversation Series sponsored by Dan Greenberg and Susan Steinhauser and is hosted by PORTAL, the Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center.


Coming Soon

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Viewfinder: Howardena Pindell on the Performance of Autobiography

Thursday, Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom

Join artist Howardena Pindell in a conversation with National Portrait Gallery curator Charlotte Ickes and Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and co-curator of the 2018 exhibition “Howardena Pindell: What Remains to be Seen,” the first major survey of Pindell’s work. Free—Registration required.


This program is part ofViewfinder: Women’s Film and Video from the Smithsonian,a monthly virtual film screening and conversation series sponsored by the Smithsonian American Women’s History Initiative, "Because of Her Story."


On View

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Recent Acquisitions
On view through Oct. 23, 2022
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Her Story: A Century of Women Writers
On view through Jan. 23, 2022
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Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands

On view through May 30, 2022


Visit Us at Home

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Since we can’t get together in person, let’s meet up remotely! The National Portrait Gallery is now offering docent-led group tours for adults. Tours are available by registration. Reservations must be made three weeks in advance of the desired tour date.



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