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National Portrait Gallery Announces Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

National Portrait Gallery Announces Current and Upcoming Exhibitions and Events

Portrait Story Days: Jackie Robinson

Saturday, July 27, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Sunday, July 28, 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

First floor, education center, room E151

Young visitors and their families may drop in to listen to a story about baseball player Jackie Robinson. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment.

National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: Bon Appétrivia: Figures in Food

July 31, 6:30 p.m.

Kogod Courtyard

Join us for a "farm to table" trivia night featuring portraits of chefs, farmers and tastemakers form the Portrait Gallery's collection. The team with the highest score receives a prize. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the Courtyard Café.

Portraits Alive! Teen Ambassador Program - Session 2

Aug. 7-9, noon and 2:00 p.m.

Meet in the F Street lobby

Teens selected from DC, Virginia and Maryland lead a theatrical tour that brings the Portrait Gallery's collection to life through an original, student-written play. In its seventh year, this memorable program takes visitors on a tour of the museum. At each stop on the tour, students perform biographical portrayals of the person or people represented in a portrait.

Nationals Baseball Family Day

Saturday, Aug. 10, 11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

The Washington Nationals baseball club teams up with the Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum to pay tribute to America's favorite pastime. Enjoy crafts activities and music for the whole family. Bring your camera for photo-ops with some major league guests.

March on Washington 50th Anniversary Family Day

Saturday, Aug. 24, 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

Join the Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of African American History and Culture to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington, D.C. Tour the exhibition "One Life: Martin Luther King Jr." to learn more about the civil rights leader and his famous "I Have a Dream" speech. Enjoy vocal performances by Kim & Reggie Harris, hands-on activities and fun for the whole family. This program is sponsored in part by the Reinsch Family Education Endowment.

National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: Bravo!-Entertainers of the Portrait Gallery

Aug. 29, 6:30 p.m.

Robtert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

Put your Hollywood history knowledge to the test with trivia inspired by the singers, dancers, actors and stars found in the Portrait Gallery's collection. The team with the highest score receives a prize. Snacks and beverages are available for purchase in the Courtyard Café.

CineConcert: Andrew E. Simpson and Wings

Saturday, Aug. 31, 3:00 p.m.

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

Acclaimed composer and pianist Andrew E. Simpson performs the world premiere of his original score for William Wellman's riveting story of love and tragedy, Wings (1927). Two friends fall in love with the same woman, but must leave her behind when they enlist as combat pilots during World War I. Wings stars Clara Bow alongside Richard Arlen and Charles "Buddy" Rogers, with special appearance by Gary Cooper. The film, which received the very first Academy Award for Best Picture, is jointly presented with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Free tickets available in the G Street lobby at 2:30 p.m.; limit two per person (144 minutes).

National Portrait Gallery walk-in tours

Walk-in tours begin in the F Street lobby.

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery tours

Weekdays, 11:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays, 11:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

Docent's Choice tours

Weekdays, 1:00 and 3:30 p.m.

Saturdays and Sundays, 1:30 and 4:30 p.m.

Behind the Scenes

An Introduction to the Lunder Conservation Center

Wednesdays, 3:00 p.m.

At the Lunder Conservation Center, learn how museum conservators use science, art history and skilled hands to preserve objects in the National Portrait Gallery and Smithsonian American Art Museum collections. Group size is limited; please register at the Luce Foundation Center information desk before 3:00 p.m. on the day of the program.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Dancing the Dream
Oct. 4 through July 13, 2014

Press preview: Oct. 1; 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
From the late 19th century to today, dance has captured this nation's culture in motion. "Dancing the Dream" will showcase generations of performers, choreographers and impresarios. The show will include images of performers like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, Michael Jackson, Savion Glover, George Balanchine, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Beyoncé, Isadora Duncan, Agnes De Mille and Lady Gaga. Dance has drawn from the boundless commotion of cultures to represent the rhythm and beat of American life. This exhibition will explore the relationship between the art of dance and the evolution of a modern American identity.

The curator of this exhibition is National Portrait Gallery historian Amy Henderson.

Current Exhibitions

As of July 1

The Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography

Through June 1, 2014

This show explores the lives and careers of brothers Charles R. and Henry W. M. Meade, who, along with their contemporaries such as Mathew Brady and Southworth and Hawes, are recognized as leading members of the first generation of American studio photographers. The National Portrait Gallery's substantial collection of Meade Brothers daguerreotypes serves as the core of the exhibition. In addition, loans of Meade Brothers objects from public institutions and private collections-including a large-format daguerreotype of Sam Houston and two daguerreotypes of Louis Daguerre-are featured. This exhibition is thought to be the first dedicated solely to the work of these 19th-century American photographers.

One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.

Through June 1, 2014

Under the leadership of Martin Luther King Jr., nonviolent protest became the defining feature of the modern civil rights movement in America. A brilliant strategist, King first demonstrated the power of passive resistance in 1955 while helping to lead the prolonged bus boycott in Montgomery, Alabama, that succeeded in the dismantling bus segregation laws. Fresh from the victory that brought him national recognition, the charismatic King co-founded the Southern Christian Leadership Conference and took the lead in directing its civil rights initiatives. In a carefully orchestrated campaign of peaceful protest to expose and defeat racial injustice, King awakened the nation's conscience and galvanized support for the landmark civil rights legislation of the 1960s. King's words were as powerful as his deeds, and the moving and eloquent addresses that gave hope to millions continue to inspire people throughout the world.

This exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington and King's stirring "I Have a Dream" speech. Through historic photographs, prints, paintings and memorabilia-chosen principally from the Portrait Gallery's extensive collection-this one-room exhibition will trace the trajectory of King's career, from his rise to prominence as the leader of the national civil rights movement to his subsequent work as an antiwar activist and advocate for those living in poverty. The curator of this exhibition is National Portrait Gallery's senior curator of photographs, Ann Shumard. The sole media partner for "One Life: Martin Luther King Jr." is The Atlantic. In 1963, just months before the March on Washington, The Atlantic published what would come to be known as King's "Letter from Birmingham Jail," a handwritten draft he wrote behind bars and sent to the magazine.

Mr. Time: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin

Through Jan. 5, 2014

Boris Chaliapin was the portrait artist Time magazine's editors turned to first when they needed a cover in a hurry. As Time's most prolific artist, he created 413 covers for the publication during his 28-year career, between 1942 and 1970. He could execute excellent likenesses in as little as 12 hours. Week after week, millions of faithful readers recognized Chaliapin's familiar signature on the cover, and his co-workers nicknamed him "Mr. Time." The exhibition features 26 of the 300 works by Chaliapin in the Portrait Gallery's collection. Portrait Gallery historian James Barber is the curator of this exhibition.

Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition

Through Feb. 23, 2014

The Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition invited artists from across the country to investigate the contemporary art of the portrait and submit their work. This, the third competition and resulting exhibition, showcases excellence and innovation with a strong focus on the variety of portrait media used by artists today. The dazzling variety of media and diverse approaches to the exploration of "self" and "other" challenges preconceived notions of portraiture and expands the limits of visitors' imagination. The competition is named for Virginia Outwin Boochever (1920-2005), a former Portrait Gallery volunteer whose generous gift has endowed this program. The juried competition resulted in an exhibition of 48 finalists. The winner received a grand prize of $25,000 and an opportunity to create a portrait for the Portrait Gallery's Permanent Collection. A separate People's Choice Award will be announced Sept. 22. A fully illustrated publication accompanies the exhibition. Dorothy Moss, assistant curator of painting and sculpture, is the competition director and curator of the exhibition.


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