What's On January- New PORTAL Program and More! | National Portrait Gallery
José María Mora, Napoleon Sarony, and the Migrant Surround in American Portrait Photography
Tuesday, Jan. 25, 5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
What is the relationship between early portrait photography and identity? This presentation considers how photographers staged their portrait studios to facilitate the performance of diverse American identities during the late nineteenth century. José María Mora, a Cuban-born U.S. photographer, and his mentor Napoleon Sarony, a native French speaker born in Quebec, rose to prominence during the Gilded Age for staging lush portrait tableaus that deployed hand-painted backdrops and richly theatrical studio effects.
Learn more about their work with Erin Pauwels, assistant professor of art history at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. Leslie Ureña, curator of photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, will moderate the Q & A. 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.
Hit Play! Portrait Mode: Facing Our History
How did the Portrait Gallery come about? Hit play to learn more about the evolution of the museum's mission over the decades and impress your friends with new trivia about the building's history.
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
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.
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.
In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice
Thursday, Feb. 10, 5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom
Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history, and material culture. 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".
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!
Her Story: A Century of Women Writers
On view through Jan. 23, 2022
On view through Oct. 23, 2022
Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands
On view through May 30, 2022
Block by Block: Naming Washington
On view through Jan. 16, 2023
Visit Us at Home
Let's meet up remotely! The National Portrait Gallery offers virtual docent-led group tours for adults. Tours are available by registration. Reservations 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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