February 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery

By Editorial Team on February 5, 2019
Courtesy of 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 more information, visit npg.si.edu. The National Portrait Gallery is open every day from 11:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., except Dec. 25.

Curator Tour: Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
Sunday, Feb. 10, 3:00 p.m.
Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
Curator of Prints and Drawings Robyn Asleson will guide visitors through this special exhibition of historical and contemporary explorations of silhouettes.

Presidential Family Fun Day
Saturday, Feb. 16, 11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.
Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard and galleries
Celebrate Presidents’ Day weekend at the National Portrait Gallery with the museum’s annual presidential party! Enjoy live music, art activities and crafts for artists big and small, story time with DC Public Library, tours of the America’s Presidents exhibition, workshops on first ladies and their flowers with Smithsonian Gardens, and photos with the Washington Nationals’ Racing Presidents.

Art AfterWords: A Book Discussion
Tuesday, Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m.
G Street Lobby
Join staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library for a monthly discussion of portraits and prose. Discuss a portrait from the collection in addition to a related book. February’s topic is Becomingby Michelle ObamaFree registration at npg.eventbrite.com.

Morning at the Museum
Saturday, Feb. 23, 10:00–11:30 a.m.
Join the National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the Smithsonian Gardens, and Access Smithsonian for a sensory-friendly program for families of children with disabilities. The program includes early entrance into the museum, facilitated activities, and a Take a Break Space. Registration required. Please contact Ashley Grady at access@si.edu.

Ongoing Programs

Thursdays at Noon
Thursday, Feb. 7
G Street Lobby
Slow Looking encourages visitors to slow down and look at a single artwork in the Portrait Gallery’s collection. Writing, sketching, music, movement and other activities may be added to enhance the experience. This month, engage in slow looking at Faith Ringgold’s self-portrait in Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today.

Thursdays at Noon: 3 in 30
Thursday, Feb 14.
G Street Lobby
People and portraits are connected in this thirty-minute tour that explores a single topic through the perspectives of three individuals. This month, we’ll discuss couples on Valentine’s Day with George and Martha Washington, John and Jacqueline Kennedy, and Charity Bryant and Sylvia Drake.

Thursdays at Noon: Overlooked
Thursday, Feb 21.
G Street Lobby
Discover people and faces from American history that you might not know—but should! This program highlights forgotten or lesser-known individuals and tells their stories through the lens of portraiture. This month, learn about George Walker and Bert Williams.

Thursdays at Noon: Curator’s Choice
Thursday, Feb 21.
G Street Lobby
Take a closer look at our favorite portraits in this lunchtime program. This month, learn about Roy Lichtenstein with one of Portrait Gallery’s curators.

Young Portrait Explorers: Barack Obama
Mondays, Feb. 11 & 25, 10:30–11:30 a.m.
G Street Lobby
This program touches on art and history through storytelling. For toddlers up to age five and their adult companions. Registration required at npg.eventbrite.com.

Portrait Story Days
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 p.m.
Education Center
Visitors can listen to a story and create art inspired by someone represented in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.
Feb. 9 & 10: Tuskegee Airmen
Feb. 17: Barack Obama
Feb. 23 & 24: Michelle Obama

Portrait Discovery Kits
Saturdays & Sundays, 1–4 p.m.
Education Center
Portrait Discovery Kits are an interactive and imaginative way for visitors to learn more about people who are represented in the National Portrait Gallery’s collection and their contributions to American history. Visitors can check out kits just outside of the Portrait Gallery’s Education Center, room E151, on the first floor.

Conversation Circles
Fridays, 10 a.m.–noon
G Street Lobby
The Conversation Circle is a free walk-in program for adults interested in improving their English conversational abilities. Each week, visitors can practice English in small groups while learning more about American history through portraiture.

Open Studio Fridays
Fridays, 1–5 p.m.
Education Center
Visitors can work with a different art material each week or explore the museum with a Portrait Discovery Kit. Open Studio takes place in the National Portrait Gallery’s Education Center, room E151, on the first floor.

Access Programs
See Me at the Portrait Gallery
Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2–3:30 p.m.
Experience an interactive and multisensory tour of the museum tailored to individuals with dementia and their care partners. Free registration required. Please contact Ashley Grady at access@si.edu.

Portrait Signs
Saturday, Feb. 23, noon (ASL and voice interpretation)
Thursday, Feb. 28, 5:00 pm (ASL only)
G Street Lobby
Join a deaf Gallery Educator for a lively gallery talk in ASL.

Portrait InSight
Thursday, Feb. 21, 2:00 pm (walk-in)
Saturday, Feb. 23, noon (by registration only at NPGAccess@si.edu)
G Street Lobby
Listen to vivid verbal descriptions in a program well suited to visitors who are blind or partially sighted. Open to all.