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Viewfinder: Howardena Pindell on the Performance of Autobiography
Thursday, Oct. 7, 5:30 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Join us for a special screening of Howardena Pindell's iconic "Free, White and 21," the first of only three videos in the groundbreaking artist’s body of work.
After the screening, Pindell will be in conversation with Naomi Beckwith, Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Valerie Cassel Oliver, Sydney and Frances Lewis Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, and Portrait Gallery Curator Charlotte Ickes.
Toward an African Methodist Episcopal Aesthetic Idyll: Art and Images at Wilberforce University, 1863–1914
Tuesday, Oct. 5, 5 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Join us for a presentation about the ways images were used to present Wilberforce University, one of the nation’s first historically Black colleges and universities (HBCU), as an aesthetic idyll shaped by Bishop Daniel Payne and other African Methodist Episcopal (AME) bishops of the late nineteenth century. Denominational leadership marshaled images of the AME’s flagship educational institution as evidence of racial advancement. Specifically, photographs displayed at national expositions and published in the Christian Recorder promoted their message.This analysis will also consider the role of art collections and art education at Wilberforce University.
In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice
Thursday, Oct. 14, 5 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history, and material culture. Each month, we'll partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues.
Together with the National Museum of African American History and Culture, we will explore the legislative and cultural history of voting rights from the Reconstruction Era to the present. Our conversation will center on a popular print from 1870 commemorating the Fifteenth Amendment and the pen President Lyndon B. Johnson used to sign the 1965 Voting Rights Act into law.
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.
Wind Down Wednesday: Bidi Bidi Bom Bom
Wednesday, Oct. 20, 5 p.m.
Instagram Live @Smithsoniannpg
Join the National Portrait Gallery for a conversation about Tejana icon Selena and the power of representation, image, and fashion. Learn to make an “Amor Prohibido” cocktail or mocktail and explore the ways Selena created an image that continues to inspire, empower, and electrify her fans. Nos sentimos muy… excited!
Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion
Tuesday, Nov. 16, 5:30–7 p.m.
Online via Zoom
The National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library would like to invite you to a virtual conversation about culture, displacement, and acceptance. Join us as we analyze the portrait “Resident Alien” by Hung Liu and discuss the book “The Refugees” by Viet Thanh Nguyen. Participants are encouraged to visit the exhibition "Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands."
Visionary: The Cumming Family Collection (Part II)
On view through Oct. 31, 2021
Don't miss your last chance to check out "Visionary: The Cumming Family Collection" (Part II). This major acquisition of contemporary portraits features works by American artists Jack Beal, Chuck Close, and Nelson Shanks and includes likenesses of prominent leaders, such as Al Gore, President Barack Obama, and EO Wilson.
Her Story: A Century of Women Writers
On view through Jan. 23, 2022
Daguerrotypes by Jeremiah Gurney
On view through Feb. 6, 2022
Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands
On view through May 30, 2022
Block by Block: Naming Washington
On view through Jan. 16, 2023
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Not ready to come back quite yet? Enjoy several online adaptations of National Portrait Gallery exhibitions and collection highlights, including "Afro-Latinx: Crossing Cultures, identities, and Experiences" and "Picturing John Glenn: A Life Dedicated to Science and Service," through our collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.
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