Sunday, April 2, 2017

Fw: April at the National Portrait Gallery


April events and programs
national portrait gallery

Take a tour

Highlights of the National Portrait Gallery:

M-F: noon
Sat & Sun: 11:45 a.m. & 3:15 p.m.

Docent's Choice:

M-F: 2:30 p.m.
Sat & Sun: 1:30 & 4:30 p.m.

face of battle

April Calendar of Events

On April 7, the Portrait Gallery will open,"The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now."  The exhibition considers the human costs of ongoing wars through portraiture. This powerful exhibition will put a face on recent wars through the work of artists who have imagined the experience of common soldiers. 

This exhibition has been sponsored by Altria Group and made possible through the generous support of the exhibition leadership committee: Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Podell, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Uhler, The Murrell Foundation, and Ronnyjane Goldsmith. Additional support received from the Rebecca Houser Westcott Fund for Portraiture Now and the American Portrait Gala Endowment.


the raft

"Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait" open through May 7.

Face of Battle

 "Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now" opens April 7.

conversation circles

Don't miss Thursdays at Noon: find the schedule below.

Featured Programs

conversation circles

Strike a Prose: Art of the Personal Essay | Saturday, April 1 | 10:30 a.m.1 p.m. | G Street Lobby

Spark your imagination and let "Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait" inspire you in an informal creative writing session for adults. Materials are provided; registration required.



HUJE Jam | Sunday, April 2 | 3 p.m. | Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

Hear the Howard University Jazz Ensemble kick off Jazz Appreciation Month. In partnership with the Anacostia Community Museum.


portrait pop up

Teen Museum Council Portrait Pop-Up | Wednesday, April 5 | 56:30 p.m. | F and G Street Lobbies

Get your creative juices flowing with interactive programs designed by the teen museum council.

reflecting pool

Thursdays at Noon | G Street Lobby

April 6: Slow Looking

Explore Bill Viola's video installation Reflecting Pool with a Portrait Gallery educator. Slow Looking gives visitors the opportunity to slow down and take a look at a single artwork.

April 13: Portrait InSight

Listen to vivid verbal descriptions in a program well suited to visitors who are blind or partially sighted, but open to all. 

April 20: Portrait Spotlight

Engage in a discussion with curator Robyn Asleson about Bayard Taylor by Thomas Hicks.

April 27: Portrait Signs

Join a deaf gallery educator for a lively tour in American Sign Language (ASL) and English.

paint ball

Teen Museum Council: The Paint Ball |Friday, April 7 | 7—9 p.m. |Kogod Courtyard

Join us for the third annual Paint Ball created by the Portrait Gallery's Teen Museum Council. Teens are welcome to come celebrate with dancing, food, arts and crafts, a photo booth, and many other activities. Event is for teens grades 9 to 12. 

pop quiz 2

Pop Quiz: The Earth Says Hello! | Thursday, April 13 | 6:30—7:30 p.m.

Get ready for Earth Day by playing trivia inspired by our collection of scientists and environmentalists. In collaboration with the Earth Optimism Summit.


Conversation Circle | Fridays, April 7, 14, 21, 28 | 10 a.m.noon | G Street Lobby

Practice English in small groups while learning more about American history through portraiture.


Portrait Signs | Saturday, April 29 | Noon |G Street Lobby

Join a deaf gallery educator for a lively tour in American Sign Language (ASL) and English.


Family Programs

portrait discovery kits

Portrait Discovery Kits | Education Center

Saturdays April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29; 14 p.m.

Sundays April 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30; 25 p.m.

Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and fun way for visitors to learn more about people who are in the National Portrait Gallery. The kits offer self-guided "Seek and Find" cards, "Portrait Detective" and "Historian Guides" and a "Compare and Contrast" activity using a doll. Visitors can check out kits at the Education Center.

portrait stories

Portrait Story Days | Education Center

Saturdays April 8, 15, 22 and 29; 14 p.m.

Sundays, April 2, 9, 16, and 23; 25 p.m.

Young visitors and their families may drop by to listen to a story and complete an art project.

April 2: Chuck Close

April 8 and 9: Jacob Lawrence

April 15 and 16: Keith Haring

April 22 and 23: Mary Cassatt

April 29: Marisol

open studio

Open Studio Fridays | Fridays April 7, 14, 21, 28 | 16 p.m. | Education Center

Work with a different art material each week or explore the Portrait Gallery with a Portrait Discovery Kit.


Young Portrait Explorers: Elvis Presley |Monday April 10 | 10:30—11:30 a.m. | G Street Lobby

Toddlers up to age five and their adult companions can discover the Portrait Gallery through interactive tours, stories and hands-on activities. Registration required.

family day

Carlos Rosario Family Day

Sunday, April 30 | 11:30 a.m.3 p.m.

Kogod Courtyard

Join us for a day of fun with the whole family featuring performances, art activities and a student exhibition from our collaborative partnership with Carlos Rosario International Public Charter Schools.

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