About Me

"Tell me to what you pay attention and I will tell you who you are."

-- José Ortega y Gasset, Man and Crisis, 1962 


I am interested in art & design, history & biography, signs  & semiotics.

As the Director of the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, located in Washington D.C.,

I spend my time in a museum of people, by people, for people. 

This site is primarily about the who, why, and construction of portraiture.