July at the National Portrait Gallery Includes Portrait Discovery Kits, A Living Self-Portrait: Rita Moreno and More

July at the National Portrait Gallery Includes Portrait Discovery Kits, A Living Self-Portrait: Rita Moreno and More

Below is a full list of July events and programs at the National Portrait Gallery. All events are held at the National Portrait Gallery, located at Eighth and F streets, N.W., Washington, D.C., and are free unless otherwise noted. For information, call (202) 633-1000 or visit npg.si.edu. The National Portrait Gallery is open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Dec. 25.

Portrait Discovery Kits

Saturdays, July 5, 12, 19 and 26, 2 to 5 p.m.

Sunday, July 6, 13, 20 and 27, 1 to 4 p.m.

Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and imaginative way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the Portrait Gallery's collection and their contributions to American history. The kits offer a self-guided tour, "Seek and Find" cards, "Portrait Detective" and "Historian Guides," and a "Compare and Contrast" activity using a doll. Visitors can check out kits just outside of the education center, room E151 on the first floor. Kits must be returned prior to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 5 p.m. Sundays. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment.

A Living Self-Portrait: Rita Moreno

Wednesday, July 9: reception, 6 p.m.; program, 7 p.m.

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

Celebrate the life and work of Rita Moreno, actress, singer and dancer and the only Latina (and one of only a few performers) to have won EGOT four major annual American entertainment awards: an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, and a Tony. She has also won a Golden Globe. Join us to hear Moreno's life story as told to Taína Caragol, curator of Latino art and history at the Portrait Gallery. Moreno is represented in the special exhibition "Dancing the Dream" on the first floor. Tickets must be purchased in advance; reception and program, $50 ($45 before June 30); program only, $15 ($10 before June 30).

Reception & Program tickets:


Program only tickets:


Orders may also be made by calling the Smithsonian Theaters Concessions and Attractions ticketing line at1-866-868-7774. Your e-mail confirmation from Tickets.com or Smithsonian Theaters serves as your ticket for the program. Please bring it with you to the event.

Docent Tour: Shakespeare at the National Portrait Gallery

Saturday, July 12, 1:30 p.m.

National Portrait Gallery docent Lorna Grenadier leads a special tour of Shakespeare at the Portrait Gallery in lieu of the Docent's Choice tour held at 1:30 p.m. Although William Shakespeare may be more than 200 years older than the United States, his works have resonated in American life and culture from our country's earliest days. This tour will highlight figures in the Portrait Gallery's collection whose lives were touched by the Bard in diverse and surprising ways as we celebrate the 450th anniversary of Shakespeare's birth.

Curator's Tour: Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction

Saturday, July 12, 2 p.m.

Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture Brandon Fortune leads a tour of "Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction." Meet at the exhibition entrance on the second floor near the "Struggle for Justice" exhibition.

Portraits Alive! Program Tours-Session 1 performances

July 16, 17 and 18, noon and 2 p.m.