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:  September & October


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 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

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 (exhibition space)
Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard will guide visitors through the museum's 50th anniversary celebration of collecting daguerreotypes.

Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium
Wednesday, Oct. 10 | 7:00 p.m.
McEvoy Auditorium
The National Portrait Gallery will partner with 100Reproters to host the opening of their fourth annual Double Exposure Investigative Film Festival and Symposium, the first and only investigative film festival in hte United States. Opening night will feature the DC premiere of a new film, followed by an onstage discussion between audiences, filmmakers, journalists and subjects. Passes and tickets are available at doubleexposurefestival.com or at the door.

Curator Tour:Portraits of the World: Switzerland
Sunday, Oct. 14 | 3:00 p.m.
Portraits of the World: Switzerland (exhibition space)
Join Portrait Gallery Curator Robyn Asleson and explore the first edition of the museum's international gallery with the exhibition Portraits of the World: Switzerland

Morning with the Girl Scouts
Saturday, Oct. 20 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
G Street Lobby
Brownie, Junior and Cadette troops are invited to learn more about women who paved the way. Participants will look at portraits, hear stories and create artwork while earning points toward Girl Scout Legacy badges and Girl Scout Journey completions. Registration required at npg.eventbrite.com.

Curator Tour: One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
Sunday, Oct. 21 | 3:00 p.m..
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey (exhibition space)
Join Portrait Gallery Historian James Barber to learn more about some of the many important events in the One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey exhibition