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 rounds out the season her guests include curator, Leslie Ureña who discusses the life of famed contralto, Marian Anderson.  Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution, Dr. Lonnie Bunch will talk with Kim about how a portrait can restore humanity, as in the case of Henrietta Lacks and curator Ann Shumard will talk about three women who served as Civil War spies. Season One ends with a surprise guest: the winner of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Episodes are scheduled through November 5.