Exhibiting the First Ladies: A Curator’s Perspective

Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, discusses her curation of Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States followed by a Q&A.

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Drawn to Figures LIVE

Discover your inner artist in this online workshop on sketching the human body. Artist Jill Galloway will highlight the techniques and challenges of figure drawing while providing guided instruction and helpful tips. Open to all skill levels, ages 13 and up.

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Wind Down Wednesday: First Ladies and Fashion

Wind down with a virtual program to bring out your creativity and mindfulness. In partnership with independent mixologists, crafters, artists, and experts in a variety of fields, Wind Down Wednesday offers an optimistic approach to the middle of the week. First ladies are often expected to be role models, hostesses and celebrities. Many of them […]

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Where There Is a Woman There Is Magic: Women’s History Month Virtual Festival

Join the Portrait Gallery in a virtual celebration of women making history! We will explore the online exhibition Where There Is a Woman There Is Magic, which highlights leaders in sports, arts, science and activism. It is part of a day-long lineup featuring events and activities for participants of all ages, including workshops, speakers, art […]

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Fit for a Queen: Perkins Harnly, Victorian Style, and Queer Identity in Midcentury America

Born on a hardscrabble Nebraska farm, artist Perkins Harnly crossed paths with legendary celebrities and colorful characters while visiting famous graveyards, winning prizes at drag balls and toiling in an upscale Los Angeles cafeteria. From the 1930s on, Harnly produced paintings of exuberantly overstuffed Victorian rooms embedded with sly jokes alluding to his own queer […]

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In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues. How can the desire for cultural recognition spark activism? Together with our […]

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Enduring Images: Enslaved People and Photography in the Antebellum South

From the 1840s to the end of the Civil War, some enslaved people paid to have their photographs taken and then used these portraits to shape their identities and social ties. Slave narratives, newspapers and studio records reveal that some enslaved individuals bought images from local photographers, stowed images of sold family members in their […]

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Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion

The National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library would like to invite you to a virtual conversation about power, gender and collective memory. Join us as we analyze portraits from the exhibition Every Eye Is Upon Me: First Ladies of the United States and discuss the related book Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld. Participants are […]

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In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues. Why is it important to have agency in how we are portrayed? […]

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Writing Hour

Join us weekly for a virtual creative writing hour. We’ve set up an online space where writers can create, connect and draw inspiration from the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

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Open Studio Workshops

Enjoy weekly art workshops from the comfort of your own home. Each Friday, we will post a video with a new activity or technique. Grab a family member or your roommates, or make a virtual date with a friend, and get creative with artist Jill Galloway. Artists of all ages and skill levels will enjoy […]

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