What's On August—People's Choice Award for "The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today" and More!
Art Pop: Visual Remembrance with artist Donna Castellanos
Tuesday, August 30, 5:00 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard (near the café)
Join the Portrait Gallery for a sip-and-craft pop-up in the museum’s courtyard. Facilitated by artist Donna Castellanos, this program will encourage non-artists and creatives to find sources of inspiration through art and crafting while exploring contemporary works from the museum’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. In the spirit of Castellanos's "Bertha, I’d like to know where you got the notion," now on view in "The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today," attendees will get to work with vintage sewing "notions," salvaged textiles, and trims to create a portrait that has meaningful layers of history, reflective of someone near and dear.
The program cost is $20, which covers two drink tickets for wine, beer, and/or a craft drink from the museum’s café. All materials and supplies are included, but feel free to bring your own fabric swatches and sewing "notions," too. Fee: $20—Registration required.
The Outwin 2022: People's Choice Award
Vote for your favorite 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition finalist! Works are now on view in "The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today." The People's Choice Award is bestowed upon the artist with the most votes at the end of the voting period, along with $500. This is your chance to be the ultimate cheerleader for an artist of your choice! All voting is free and online. Cast your vote here with the click of a button, now through October 16, 2022.
Join Us in the Galleries!
Drawn to Figures
Thursday, August 11
10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.
G Street Lobby
In this drawing workshop, artist Jill Galloway will lead participants through the techniques and challenges of figure drawing while highlighting select works of art from the Portrait Gallery's permanent exhibition “I Dream a World: Selections From Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women.” This workshop will include instruction, a guided drawing session, and all supplies. Open to artists of all levels, ages 18 and up. Space is limited.
Fee: $12—Registration required.
Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion
Tuesday, August 9
Online via Zoom
The National Portrait Gallery, the DC Public Library, and our special guests, writer Carmen Maria Machado and artist Riva Lehrer, invite you to a virtual conversation about intimacy and isolation. Analyze a portrait now on view by Lehrer in "The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today" and discuss the related book “In the Dream House” by Carmen Maria Machado.
Soichi Sakamoto and the Three-Year Swim Club
Tuesday, August 16
Online via Zoom
Presented by Julie Checkoway, author of the New York Times bestseller “The Three-Year Swim Club,” which is in development as a major motion picture; and Kelli Y. Nakamura, associate professor at Kapi’olani Community College and author of the article, “Soichi Sakamoto and the Three-Year Swim Club: ‘The World’s Greatest Swimming Coach.’” This conversation will center on the biography and portraits and of the pioneering Japanese American swim coach Soichi Sakamoto.
Barbara Jordan Comes to Washington
Thursday, August 18
Online via Zoom
Congresswoman Barbara Jordan made history in 1974 when she delivered the opening statement for President Richard Nixon’s impeachment hearings. This moment launched the Texas politician into the national spotlight and set the tone for a career that carried out the promise of the American dream. This one-hour presentation explores the history of this remarkable woman and examines the limitations for Black, queer, and/or women politicians—then and now.
Queering Women's Suffrage in the United States
Tuesday, August 30
Online via Zoom
Join us for a conversation with scholars Anya Jabour, Regents Professor of History at the University of Montana, and Wendy L. Rouse, Associate Professor of History at San José State University. Moderated by Kate Clarke Lemay, acting senior historian at the National Portrait Gallery, this conversation will explore how queer history intersects with that of the women’s suffrage movement in the United States.
Perspectives: The Atlantic's Writers at the National Portrait Gallery
As part of the reinstallation of the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection galleries "Out of Many: Portraits from 1600 to 1900" and The Atlantic’s 165th anniversary year, the two institutions have come together to highlight a selection of the country’s founding voices in literature, politics, philosophy, and culture with wall texts written by The Atlantic’s writers and editors. Explore more than a dozen portraits on view at the museum with a self-guided audio tour accessible through each artwork’s QR code or delve further into the project’s full suite of twenty-three portraits online at npg.si.edu.
Block by Block: Naming Washington
On view through Jan. 16, 2023
I Dream A World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women
On view through Jan. 29, 2023
Watergate: Portraiture and Intrigue
On view through Sept. 5, 2022
The Outwin 2022:
American Portraiture Today
On view through Feb. 26, 2023
Visit Us at Home
Let's meet up remotely! Join the National Portrait Gallery for a variety of digital offerings, ranging from artist-led drawing workshops and writing workshops to docent-led group tours for adults. All tours and workshops require registration. Reservations for docent-led group tours must be made three weeks in advance of the desired tour date. To receive a tour request form, e-mail NPGAdultTours@si.edu or click here.
Not ready to come back quite yet? Enjoy several online adaptations of National Portrait Gallery exhibitions and collection highlights, including "Russell Means: A Complex Portrait" and "Witness to History: The Old Patent Office Building,"through our collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.
All images belong to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, unless otherwise noted.