The National Portrait Gallery complements "Echoes of Elvis" with a full schedule of programs. For more events from the the museum, please visit the National Portrait Gallery's calendar.

Face-to-Face: January 7, 14, 21, 28

Face-to-Face is a series of thirty-minute conversations about a single work on view. January’s presentations feature Elvis Presley, and his memorable associations with Richard Nixon and Muhammad Ali. Talks take place on Thursdays at 6:00 p.m.; meet at the F Street information desk. Free and open to the public.

January 7: "Echoes of Elvis" curator Warren Perry speaks about Muhammad Ali and Elvis, and Cat’s Cradle by Henry C. Casselli, a portrait of Ali.

January 14: "Echoes of Elvis" curator Warren Perry speaks about Elvis Presley by Robert Arneson

January 21: Jason Schultz, archivist at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum, speaks about Richard Nixon and Elvis

January 28: Denise Wamaling of the Smithsonian American Art Museum speaks about Untitled (image of Elvis and Priscilla) from the portfolio Graceland by William Eggleston


Elvis is in the Building! Saturday, January 23

Celebrate Elvis Presley’s seventy-fifth birth anniversary with the National Portrait Gallery. More information on the NPG events calendar.

11:30 a.m.–3:00 p.m.   Decorate an Elvis-inspired “guitar” -  Education Center

Noon–12:30 p.m. Curator-led tour of Echoes of Elvis by Warren Perry , meet in F Street lobby

12:30–1:00 p.m.  Will Debley’s Reflections of the King Elvis tribute performance,  Great Hall

1:00 p.m. Discussion and book signing by George Klein, author of Elvis: My Best Man, McEvoy Auditorium. 

1:30–4:00 p.m. Elvis Costume Contest registration, F Street lobby  

2:30–3:00 p.m. Will Debley’s Reflections of the King Elvis tribute performance, Great Hall

4:00–4:30 p.m. Parade of Elvises costume contest and prize ceremony, Great Hall

5:00–7:00 p.m. Reel Portraits presents: Viva Las Vegas, starring Elvis Presley, McEvoy Auditorium


Echoes of Elvis, Edgar P. Richardson Symposium — Friday, March 26, 9am - 1pm

In conjunction with the exhibition “One Life: Echoes of Elvis,” the National Portrait Gallery presents a symposium on American popular culture icon Elvis Presley. Scholars of history, art, and music will examine Elvis’s postmortem career, which carries an increasing resonance more than thirty-two years after his death.

Speakers include Dr. Mark Russell, historian; Dr. Roy C. Brewer, professor of music, the University of Memphis; Dr. Tanya Jung, assistant dean, University of Pennsylvania; Dr. Stephen K. Wright, professor of English, the Catholic University of America; and Warren Perry, writer/researcher, National Portrait Gallery, and the exhibition’s curator.

This event is free, but seating is limited. For reservations, please call 202-633-8299 or e-mail


Curator’s Tour — Saturday, April 3, 2pm

Although Elvis Presley died more than thirty years ago, the world remains fascinated with his image and music. His records have continued to sell by the millions, and public interest in his music, career and life has yet to subside. During the last half century, Elvis became part of the country's artistic discourse as well.

Exhibition curator Warren Perry offers a tour of "One Life: Echoes of Elvis," at 2:00 p.m. Meet at the exhibition entrance. Free and open to the public.


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