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:  November


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.

  • An Organizer's Tale: Speeches by César Chávez |  November 13, 5:30 p.m.

El Dia de los Muertos Celebration
Thursday, Nov. 1, 5:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard
Join us for an evening of live music, dancing and crafts as we celebrate Latin American heritage and El Dia de los Muertos

Curator Tour: Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
Sunday, Nov. 4 | 3:00 p.m.
Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
Join Portrait Gallery Curator Asma Naeem and explore silhouette portraiture from the 1800s along with the work of four contemporary artists.

Morning at the Museum
Saturday, Nov. 17 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Kogod Courtyard
Experience a sensory-friendly program for families of children with disabilities. The program includes early entrance into the museum, facilitated activities and a Take a Break Space. Registration required. Please contact Ashley Grady at access.si.edu.

Unseen: Past, Present and Future
Tuesday, November 13 | 6:30 p.m.
McEvoy Auditorium
Join UnSeen curators Taina Caragol and Asma Naeem, artist Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar, and Sheryll Cashin, writer and law professor at Georgetown University, as they explore racial constructs, identity and pluralism. They will participate in a roundtable discussion with other artists, cultural critics and scholars

Curator Tour: Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
Sunday, November 18 | 3:00 p.m.
Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

Join Portrait Gallery Chief Curator Brandon Brame Fortune and learn more about self-portraiture by many important American artists from our permanent collection.