For a full list of exhibitions see our current exhibitions
For a full list of ongoing tours and programs see our calendar
Special Programs: May
Remix: Swiss Beats
Thursday, May 24, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard
Celebrate Swiss and American cultural parallels through dance, art, music, and food. Experience "Confluence," a performance from the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company. In partnership with the Embassy of Switzerland.
Featured and Special Programs: June
Curator Tour: Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
Sunday, June 3, 3:00 p.m.
Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
Join curator Asma Naeem for a walk-through of this special exhibition and explore both the historical roots and contemporary significance of cut-paper profiles.
Wednesday, June 6, 1–3 p.m.
G Street Lobby
Student artists from the Ivymount School discuss their explorations with portraiture.
Remix: Get Up / Stand Up
Thursday, June 7, 5:30–8:30 p.m.
Raise a glass to activism, visibility and social awareness; visit the exhibition The Struggle for Justice and celebrate Capital Pride at this special evening event.
Curator Tour: Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting
Sunday, June 17, 3 p.m.
Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting
Ann Shumard, senior curator of photographs, offers fascinating insight into the museum’s collection of daguerreotypes, some of the earliest examples of photographic portraiture.
One Year: 1968, A Book Discussion Group (50th Anniversary Panel)
Reconnect with 1968, a pivotal year in American history, through both portraits and written word.
Discuss artworks featured in the exhibition One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey in addition to a related book. Presented in partnership with the DC Public Library. Register at npg.eventbrite.com.
- Hendrix on Hendrix, Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix edited by Steven Roby / Tuesday, June 19, 5:30 p.m.
- Stokely: A Life by Peniel E. Joseph / Tuesday, June 19, 5:30 p.m.
- Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion / Tuesday, July 17, 5:30 p.m.
- Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos / Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m.
America Now: Solstice Edition
Saturday, June 23, 8:30–11:30 p.m.
Revel in the extra hours of daylight and reflect on American unity as part of the Smithsonian-wide Solstice celebration and the By the People festival, led by Halcyon. Gather at the National Museum of American History for a speakeasy happy hour in the galleries before heading over to the Smithsonian American Art Museum Block Party and Beer Garden. Then, close out the night at the National Portrait Gallery with live music by Ruby Velle and the Soulphonics, and D.C.’s own Oddisee. Free to the public; drinks and food for purchase.
Curator Tour: Portraits of the World: Switzerland
Sunday, June 24, 3 p.m.
Portraits of the World: Switzerland
Join curator Robyn Asleson for a tour of this special exhibition featuring portraits of American modern dancers alongside the Swiss artist Ferdinand Hodler’s portrait Femme en Extase, on loan from the Museum of Art and History in Geneva.
Exhibition Opening: One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
Opens June 29
In 1968, the Vietnam War reached a turning point, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, and television sets displayed everything from the Olympic Games to the first manned orbit of the moon. It was also the year that the National Portrait Gallery opened its doors. Take an in-depth look at an extraordinarily important year through representations of the cultural icons who shaped it.