Portraits: A Podcast from the National Portrait Gallery

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Art, biography, history and identity collide in this podcast from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. Join Director Kim Sajet as she chats with artists, historians, and thought leaders about the big and small ways that portraits shape our world. 

In the inaugural season Kim and her guests have explored remarkable women past and present through the lens of portraiture.  As she rounded out the season her guests included curator, Leslie Ureña who discussed the life of famed contralto, Marian Anderson.  Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Lonnie Bunch talked with Kim about how a portrait can restore humanity, as in the case of Henrietta Lacks and curator Ann Shumard spoke about two women who served as Civil War spies. Season One ended with an interview with Hugo Crosthwaite, winner of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, who discussed his winning entry—a stop-motion drawing animation about a young woman who crosses the U.S. boarder from Mexico.

The season concluded on November 11.