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: June, July & August

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.

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.

Drawn to Figures
Thursdays & Saturdays, July 12-21
10:30 a.m.--1:00 p.m.
G Street Lobby
Practice drawing figures with artist Jill Galloway. Registration required at npg.eventbrite.com.

  • July 12 & 14: Drawing Hands
  • July 19 & 21: Drawing Feet
  • July 26 & 28: Foreshortening

REMIX: Game On
Thursdays July 12-21, 5:30--8:30 p.m.
Kogod Courtyard

Get your head in the game with classic arcade sports, ballpark food and tours of amazing athletes in the Champions exhibition

Baseball Family Day
Saturday, July 14, 11:30 a.m.--3:00 p.m..
Kogod Courtyard

Enjoy the crack of a bat or just Cracker Jack? Celebrate all things baseball with art activities and music. In partnership with the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Curator Tour: One Year: 1968, An America Odyssey
Sunday, July 15, 3:00 p.m..
One Year: An American Odyssey

Looking back fifty years, and in honor or the museum's golden anniversary, return to 1968 with historian James Barber as he delves into the lives and events that shaped this memorable year

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