What's On

A group of dancers dressed in black, dancing

What's On


For a full list of exhibitions see our current exhibitions

Selected Programs

For a full list of ongoing tours and programs see our calendar


Featured and Special Programs:  August & September

Note: The following programs will be CANCELLED on Sunday, August 12:

  • Explore! story time: 11:45 a.m.
  • Portrait Story Days, 1:00–4:00 p.m.
  • Portrait Discovery Kits, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.


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.

  • Hard Revolution by George Pelecanos / Tuesday, Aug. 21, 5:30 p.m.
  • Hendrix on Hendrix, Interviews and Encounters with Jimi Hendrix by Steven Roby / Tuesday Sept. 18, 5:30 p.m.
  • Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Who Helped Win the Space Race by Margot Lee Shetterly / Tuesday, Oct. 16, 5:30 p.m.
  • An Organizer's Tale: Speeches by César Chávez

REMIX: Black Out
Thursday, August 30, 5:30 -- 8:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard
What's old is new again in a happy hour that fuses the past with the present and draws inspiration from Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

Curator Tour: Unseen: Out Past in a New Light
Sunday, Sept. 9 | 3:00 p.m.
Unseen: Our Past in a New Light
Join Portrait Gallery curators Taína Caragol and Asma Naeem as they introduce you to the timely work of contemporary artists Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar

Monday, Sept. 10 | 7:00 p.m.
McEvoy Auditorium
The Portrait Gallery will screen the Smithsonian Channel production entitled 1968, a film exploring the tumult and transformations that occurred that year—from the Vietnam War and assissinations, to civil rights protests anc counter-culture uprisings.  The film will be followed by a brief Q&A session led by Portrait Gallery Historian, James Barber.

Edgar P. Richardson Symposium: New Perspectives on Portraiture
Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21  |  9:00 a.m.– 5:00 p.m.
McEvoy Auditorium
This symposium will bring together scholars who probe the diversity and complexity of portraiture.  Speakers will investigate the power dynamics between sitter and artist; the evolution of the physical object; the dissemination of the image; and other aspects of the artistic genre.  Organized by PORTAL = Portraiture + Analysis.

Heidi Latsky Dance
Sunday, Sept. 23 | 3:00–4:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard
Participate in a public art experience featuring performers as sculptures.  ON DISPLAY creates an intereactive space where the viewer and viewed explore the beauty of difference.  Heidi Latsky Dance is a NYC-based, physically integrated company that has created daring work with people with disabilities since 2006.

Nuestra Ciudad/Our City—Hispanic Heritage Month Festival
Saturday, Sept. 29 | 11:30 a.m.– 3:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard
Create art, listen to music, and learn more about DC's vibrant Hispanic heritage.

Curator Tour: Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting
Sunday, Sept. 30 | 3:00 p.m.
Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting
Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard will guide visitors through the museum's 50th anniversary celebration of collecting daguerreotypes.