What's On February - New In Dialogue Program and More! | National Portrait Gallery
In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice
Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
How does artwork build empathy and open the possibilities for connecting people near and far? Together with our co-hosts from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, we will explore this key question in relationship to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’s 1992 print "Untitled (for Jeff)" and Hung Liu’s 2013 painting "The Botanist."
This conversation is a part of a monthly program, during which educators from the National Portrait Gallery partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues.
The 2022 Portrait of a Nation Honorees
Meet the 2022 Portrait of a Nation honorees. This fall, they will receive the museum's Portrait of a Nation Award. The Awards recognize extraordinary individuals who have shaped this nation’s history, development, and culture across numerous fields, from the arts and sciences to sports and humanitarianism. Portraits of honorees José Andrés, Clive Davis, Ava DuVernay, Marian Wright Edelman, Dr. Anthony Fauci, Serena Williams, and Venus Williams will be on view as part of the museum's "Recent Acquisitions" exhibition, which open Nov. 10.
Edmonia Lewis and Wendell Phillips: Kate Clarke Lemay in Conversation with Kristen Pai Buick and Hélène Quanquin
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Join us for a conversation about the antislavery movement centered on the biographies and portraits of Wendell Phillips and Edmonia Lewis. Known for her medallion busts, sculptor Edmonia Lewis often portrayed abolitionists, African Americans, and Native Americans, in addition to biblical and mythological figures.
Kate Clarke Lemay, interim director of PORTAL and acting senior historian at the National Portrait Gallery, will moderate a conversation between Hélène Quanquin, professor of American Studies, University of Lille (France), and Kirsten Pai Buick, professor of art history; associate dean of equity and excellence for the College of Fine Arts; and inaugural chair of Africana studies, University of New Mexico. This program is sponsored as part of the Greenberg Steinhauser Forum in American Portraiture and is hosted by PORTAL, the Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center.
Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 5:30—7:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
The National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library would like to invite you to a virtual conversation about love, second chances, and the power of a great torch song. Join us as we analyze a portrait of Ella Fitzgerald and discuss the related book “Seven Days in June” by Tia Williams. Participants will be encouraged to share their favorite romance novels and love songs during the event.
Wind Down Wednesday:
Heart and Soul
Wednesday, Feb. 16, 5:00 p.m.
Instagram Live @smithsonianNPG
Make a special Valentine cocktail with a guest mixologist while we celebrate and reflect on the power of love. We will explore Anthony Barboza’s portrait of actor-writers Ossie Davis and Ruby Dee. Their lovefest embraced mutual respect, admiration, Black expression, and just plain love. Join us for a conversation about how the couple balanced their humanitarianism and activist spirit with the sweetness of having heart and finding contentment. Yes, love is in the air!
Teen Portrait Competition
The National Portrait Gallery’s Teen Museum Council invites students to submit original portrait photographs to the Teen Portrait Competition—our complement to the museum’s sixth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Two grand-prize winners will have their work displayed in the museum near “The Outwin 2022: American Portraiture Today,” an exhibition featuring work by competition finalists ages 18 and over.
A jury including members of the Teen Museum Council will select one grand-prize winning photo from each of the two age groups (13–15 and 16–17 years old). Works will go on view in summer 2022.
Photos should be submitted via e-mail to NPG-TeenPortraitCompetition@si.edu.
The deadline is March 29, 2022.
Block by Block: Naming Washington
On view through Jan. 16, 2023
On view through Oct. 23, 2022
Orchids: Hidden Stories of Groundbreaking Women
On view through April 24, 2022
Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands
On view through May 30, 2022
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 "Afro-Latinx: Crossing Cultures, identities, and Experiences" and "Witness to History: The Old Patent Office Building,"through our collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.
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