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Thursday, March 10, 5:00 p.m.
Online via Zoom

What makes work more just? Together with our co-hosts from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, we will explore labor justice and the ways that workers leverage their power in relationship with Domingo Ulloa’s 1960 painting “Braceros” and a 1975 photograph by Cathy E. Murphy depicting Fred Ross and Dolores Huerta.

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.
Free—Registration required.


Spotlight Programs

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Virtual Strike a Prose:
Migration Poems

Tuesday, March 8, 5:00—6:30 p.m. 
Online via Zoom 

In this creative writing workshop, we will write poems exploring the themes of homeland and migration. We will engage in guided writing exercises inspired by works of art in the exhibition “Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands” to deliver vivid narrative poems. Open to writers of all levels who are 18+.  
Free—Registration required


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Wind Down Wednesday:

Wednesday, March 16, 5:00 p.m. 
Instagram Live @smithsonianNPG 

It has been six years since the hashtag started—how many women artists can you name today? Whether you are adding a few more artists to the list or celebrating women you already know, join us on Instagram Live for art history highlights. Grab a seat, make a drink with us, and sip away as we discuss women artists bucking trends and making waves.


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New Approaches to Representing Women in Science: In Conversation with Leila McNeill, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya and Anna Reser
Tuesday, March 22, 5:00 p.m. 
Online via Zoom 

Join us for a dialogue between historians of science Leila McNeill and Anna Reser, co-founders of the independent magazine “Lady Science” and co-authors of “Forces of Nature: The Women Who Changed Science,” and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, a multidisciplinary artist known for portraiture projects like “Beyond Curie.” Lacey Baradel, science historian at the National Portrait Gallery, will moderate the conversation.  
Free—Registration required

The National Portrait Gallery acknowledges the recent passing of Daniel B. Greenberg, whose generosity and that of his wife, Susan, makes the Greenberg Steinhauser Forum in American Portraiture possible. The program is hosted by PORTAL, the Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center. 


Teacher Workshops

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Be inspired to use portraiture in your classroom. No matter what subject you teach—social studies, English, or visual arts—you will learn and practice techniques to involve your students in creative and innovative ways. By using portraiture as a springboard into deeper discussions about biography and our collective history, the Portrait Gallery strives to create an unprecedented experience for teachers as we gain a glimpse into the past and examine the present. All workshops require preregistration here.


Our Struggle for Justice

What can you do to make a difference?
Introducing Our Struggle for Justice, a digital collaboration between the National Portrait Gallery and Capital One that explores activism and social justice through biography. Through Our Struggle for Justice, meet individuals, past and present, from the museum’s collection whose thoughts and actions have made our nation better. Each post will feature thought-provoking questions to reframe the way we view activism and the causes closest to us.



On View

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Block by Block: Naming Washington

On view through Jan. 16, 2023

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Recent Acquisitions
On view through Oct. 23, 2022
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Orchids: Hidden Stories of Groundbreaking Women
On view through April 24, 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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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.


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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 "Witness to History: The Old Patent Office Building,"through our collaboration with Google Arts & Culture.


Fred Ross and Dolores Huerta (detail) by Cathy E. Murphy, 1975 (printed 2014). South (detail) by Hung Liu, 2017. Collection of Marcy and Richard Schwartz. © Hung Liu. Self-Portrait #3 (detail) by Elaine de Koonig, 1946. We Are Multitudes by Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya (photo by Will Martinez), 2021. Zitkála-Šá (detail) by Joseph Turner Keiley, 1898 (printed 1901). Mary Church Terrell (detail) by Betsy Graves Reyneau, 1946. © Peter Edward Fayar. Mary Cassatt Self-Portrait (detail) by Mary Stevenson Cassatt, c. 1880. Ida B. Wells-Barnett (detail) by Sallie E. Garrity, c. 1893. Malcolm X (detail) by an unidentified artist, 1967. Louis Armstrong (detail) by Philippe Halsman, 1966 (printed 1998). Gift from the Trustees of the Corcoran Gallery of Art (Gift of Betsy Karel). © Philippe Halsman Archive. Orchids: Hidden Stories of Groundbreaking Women. Courtesy of Smithsonian Gardens. Cotton Picker (detail) by Hung Liu, 2015. Collection of Sig Anderman. © Hung Liu. Docent Tours at the National Portrait Gallery (detail) by an unidentified photographer. Henrietta Lacks (HeLa): The Mother of Modern Medicine (detail)byKadir Nelson, 2017. Collection of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and National Museum of African American History & Culture; gift from Kadir Nelson and the JKBN Group, LLC. © 2017 Kadir Nelson.

All images belong to the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, unless otherwise noted.




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