Fall 2023 Events at National Portrait Gallery

By East City Art Editorial Team on October 3, 2023

Sat, October 7 2023 — Sun, October 15 2023

Photo © Tony Powell. National Portrait Gallery Stock Photography. July 24, 2019

Kinship: An Artist Talk with Ruth Buentello
Saturday, Oct. 7, Noon – 1 p.m.
“Kinship” Gallery (first floor south galleries on the F Street side of the museum)

Join us for an artist talk with Ruth Buentello, a featured artist in the museum’s “Kinship” exhibition. Through her paintings, Buentello shares layered narratives of family memories and emotions using art to process and appreciate her closest relationships. Her unique artistic process incorporates composite images and found Telas (fabrics), adding a tangible connection to loved ones of generations past and present. This artist talk will take place in the artist’s Kinship gallery. Free—Registration encouraged.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525

Interactive Family Workshop: Memory Collage with Artist Ruth Buentello
Saturday, Oct. 7, 2 – 4 p.m.
Education Center, E151

Get creative in this free drop-in workshop for visitors of all ages led by Ruth Buentello, a featured artist in the museum’s “Kinship” exhibition. Inspired by Buentello’s colorful layered portraits, participants will learn how to create their own family memory collage using photos, paint, and fabric. Free—Registration encouraged.

Writing Workshop Inspired by “1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions”
Friday, Oct. 13, 10 a.m. – Noon
G Street Lobby

In this creative writing workshop inspired by “1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions” we will focus on the Congressional Joint Resolution to annex Hawai‘i (July 1898) and the subsequent impact on the people, culture and land of Hawai’i. We will use guided writing prompts inspired by works of art and historical documents in the exhibition to explore themes of empire, power and independence. Open to writers of all levels and genres, ages 18 and up. Free—Registration required.

Curator Tour of “Kinship” by Charlotte Ickes
Sunday, Oct. 15, 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
G Street Lobby

Join Time-Based Media Arts Curator, Charlotte Ickes as she leads a tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s “Kinship” exhibition.  Learn about each artist’s motivation and inspiration for the works that created in this exhibition. Free— Registration required.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525

El Día de los Muertos Festival
Thursday, Nov. 2, 5 – 8:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard and G & 9th Street facade

Join us for our annual celebration of el Día de los Muertos – one of the National Portrait Gallery’s biggest events of the year! Visitors will enjoy live music, dance performances by a local folk dance company, workshops and a variety of activities for all ages. Artists MasPaz and Guache will project their live video artwork, “La Común Unidad: Caminando con los Ancestros,” highlighting the artists’ ancestral cultural heritage. Create calaveras and papel picado to decorate the community altar, get your face painted to look like la Catrina – and more! NPR is the media partner. Free—No Registration Required.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525

“Portrait of an Indigenous Womxn [Removed”: Artist talk with Anna Tsouhlarakis
Saturday, Nov. 4, 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Education Center, E151

Join us for an artist talk with Anna Tsouhlarakis where she will discuss her work and performance in the “Kinship” exhibition on Nov. 4 from 3 – 4 p.m. Her work with sculpture, installation, video, and performance redefines the expectations of Native American art. The artist will discuss the message and impact of her works. Free—Registration Required.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525

“Portrait of an Indigenous Womxn [Removed]” by Anna Tsouhlarakis
Sunday, Nov. 5, 1 – 3 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard

Join the National Portrait Gallery for the second of two live performances of “Portrait of an Indigenous Womxn [Removed]” by artist Anna Tsouhlarakis. Drawing awareness to the Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Movement, Tsouhlarakis will create a sculpture onsite that features existing posters of missing or murdered Indigenous women. Accompanied by a singer with a hand drum, Tsouhlarakis will carry the sculpture through the museum, intentionally passing portraits and galleries that reflect the history and representation of Native Americans—or lack thereof. Tsouhlarakis will then position the sculpture in dialogue with a specific portrait. A gallery educator will remain nearby until 6 p.m. to answer visitor questions. The Nov. 5 performance will pay tribute to Ella Mae Begay and Sumi Juan. Free—Registration encouraged.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525

Art and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Crisis
Monday, Nov. 6, 5:30 – 7 p.m.
McEvoy Auditorium

This keynote panel on the theme of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls will feature activists and scholars Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee), Dr. Grace Bulltail (Crow), Kathleen Ash-Milby (Navajo, and Ashley Minner (Lumbee). The hour-long public panel will be moderated by performance artist Anna Tsouhlarakis (Navajo and Muskogee Creek), followed by an audience Q&A. Supported by the American Women’s History Initiative.

Monday, Nov. 6, 4 – 5: p.m.

Kinsale Drake (Diné), an emerging poet, editor, and playwright, will give a public talk on her work with the Changing Womxn Collective and NDN Girls Book Club. She has performed twice at Carnegie Hall, and was the recipient of the Joy Harjo poetry award and Aspen Institute Emerging Writer Fellowship. Supported by the American Women’s History Initiative. Free—Registration Required.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525

Guest Speaker: “Rebecca Gratz: Family, Friends, Faith, and Community”
Tuesday, Nov. 9, 3 – 4 p.m.
Meet in G Street Lobby, event held in “Out of Many,” Moral Identity gallery

Join us for a special talk on the portrait of 19th-century Jewish philanthropist Rebecca Gratz by artist Thomas Sully. Guest Speaker Judith Guston, Curator and Senior Director of Collections at the Rosenbach Museum & Library in Philadelphia will shed light on this important woman and her portrait currently on loan to the National Portrait Gallery. Free—Registration Encouraged.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525

“Forces of Nature: The Future of Environmentalism” Panel
Tuesday, Nov. 14, 6 – 7 p.m.
McEvoy Auditorium

In conjunction with the exhibition “Forces of Nature: Voices That Shaped Environmentalism,” join the Portrait Gallery and co-host Monterey Bay Aquarium in a pivotal discussion around the future of climate action and environmental justice. Hear from Wanjiku “Wawa” Gatheru, environmental justice warrior, Rhodes Scholar at University of Oxford and founder of Black Girl Environmentalist; Dolores Huerta, labor and environmental activist; Julie Packard, executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and ocean conservationist; and Dorceta Taylor, a professor at Yale University, author, and a leading environmentalist who continue to shape the country’s sustainability and environmental efforts. The free event will be held Nov. 14 in the museum’s McEvoy Auditorium from 6-7 p.m. NPR is the media partner. Free—Registration Required.

Registration link: https://www.eventbrite.com/o/national-portrait-gallery-810710525

Writing Workshop Inspired by “Forces of Nature: Voices that Shaped Environmentalism”
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 5 – 7 p.m.
G Street Lobby

Join the National Portrait Gallery for an interactive poetry writing workshop exploring the themes of environmentalism and environmental justice. Attendees will create poetry inspired by portraits of scientists, activists and artists—whose work has influenced attitudes toward the environment in the United States. Experiment with poetic forms to write poems that express an environmental message. Open to writers of all levels, ages 18 and up. Free—Registration Required.

National Portrait Gallery is located at 8th St NW & G St NW.