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At the National Portrait Gallery Spring 2023
April 26, 2023. Welcoming a delegation from the Royal Societies of Hawai'i
April 2023. Visiting the Academy of Motion Picture Archives
Rows and rows of movies!
April 1, 2022 ~ The National Portrait Gallery Staff threw me a 10 year anniversary breakfast!
February 10, 2023 ~ celebrating the loan of the WFK Travers portrait of Lincoln by the Hartley Dodge Foundation
Jan. 19, 2023 ~ celebrating women artists at the Hirshhorn with Melissa Chiu (Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden), Stephanie Stebich (Smithsonian American Art Museum), Kaywin Feldman (National Gallery of Art) moderated by Sarah Thornton
December 2022 ~ Smithsonian Staff Holiday Party with my boss, Secretary Lonnie Bunch
December 2022 Holiday Party ~ An AMAZING group of colleagues!
Dec. 19, 2022 ~ Dr. France Córdova & NPG Colleagues Drs. Michael Hussey and Lacey Baradel at the National Science Foundation.
Nov. 24, 2022 ~ Swarthmore College "Big Chair"
Nov. 12. 2022 ~VVIP's Doug Emhoff, Alicia Keys & Hillary Rodham Clinton
Dec. 8, 2022 ~ Reception with Dorothy Moss and Maya Lin for the Smithsonian National Women's Museum
Dec. 8, 2022 ~ Judith Martin came to visit.
Nov. 16, 2022 ~ Honoring Deborah Robert's with NPG colleague Rhea Combs
Alicia Keys is one f the nicest people in the universe
Nov. 12, 2022 ~ welcoming the 2022 Portrait of a Nation Honorees
Nov. 12, 2022 ~ Pr-Gala Face
Nov. 12, 2022 ~ Lonnie & Me all dressed up
Nov. 2, 2022 ~Colleagues Kaia Black, Vanessa Jones and I at the National Portrait Gallery Day of the dead Family Day
Selfie filter with Rebecca Kasemeyer!
Oct. 31, 2022 ~ Selfie with Julián Zugazagoitia, museum director buddies
American Art Museum Directors Party!
Oct. 25, 2022 ~ Special Dinner Celebrating the Opening of the Rubell Museum DC hosted by Isabel de la Cruz Ernst & Ricardo Ernst
Oct. 27, 2022 ~ NPG curator Taína Caragol, & Artists Jessica Todd Harper & Jess Dugan
Oct. 23, 2022 ~ Joshua Tewksbury (Tropical Research Center), Anthea Hartig (Nat. Museum of American History), Elliott Gruber (Nat. Postal Museum)
September 21, 2022 ~ Atlantic writer & amazing journalist Anne Applebaum in front of Carl Sanburg
Sept 21, 2022 ~ with Jeffrey Goldberg, Editor-in-Chief of the Atlantic
Sept. 20, 2022 ~ NPG colleagues surprise with cake!
Sept. 20, 2022 ~ Glenn Kaino selfie
Oct 21, 2022 ~ Miss Buttercream Queen wore it better!
Oct. 22, 2022 ~ with former Portrait Gallery Director Marc Pachter.
Oct. 19, 2022 ~ Get in focus people! At the opening of Maya Lin's One Life exhibition about her life.
Oct. 13, 2022 ~ Reception with Vice President Harris and Mr. Doug Emhoff
Sept. 17, 2022 ~ Ellen Blacklock brought Emily Howland to life in her amazing quilt.
Sept 17, 2022 ~ The amazing volunteers who keep the Howland Stone Store Museum & Opendore in Sherwood NY operating.
Sept. 15, 2022 ~ NPG field trip to Chicago to see the fantastic Nick Cave exhibition at the MCA with Rhea Combs and Rebecca Kasemeyer
Sept 10, 2022 selfie with Deborah Willis & Hank Willis Thomas at the American Academy of Arts & Sciences induction weekend
Sept. 10, 2022 ~ Induction weekend for the American Academy of Arts & Sciences with Patricia Phelps de Cisneros & Annie Philbin
Sept. 7, 2022 ~ Celebrating the White House portraits of President Obama
Sept. 7, 2022 Sharon Sprung did a wonderful portrait of Michelle Obama for the White House
Sept 7, 2022 ~ Celebrating Robert McCurdy's wonderful portrait for the White House of President Barack Obama #44
Sept,. 10, 2022 ~ A wonderful visit with Matthew Teitelbaum, director of MFA Boston to see the NPG Obama portraits on tour
Oct. 8, 2022 ~ Such a pleasure to meet photographer Iké Udé at the National Museum of African Art
May 25, 2022 NPG supporters event at the home of John & Kristin Cecchi.
A Washington Women's Power Breakfast in partnership with the Washington Post with guest Sally Quinn to discuss "Watergate: Portraits of Intrigue," May 25, 2022
Interviewing José Andrés on April 28, 2022 about "We Feed People" the amazing documentary directed by Ron Howard for National Geographic / Disney.
Donna Castellanos sews her own business cards...that look like pumpkins! Outwin Opening 2022
Celebrating The Outwin 2022 opening on April 29, 2022 with artists Joel Daniel Phillips & Quraysh Ali Lasana.
A night to remember with The 2022 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition winner Allison Elizabeth Taylor, Past winner Hugo Crosthwaite and NPG curators Taína Caragol & Leslie Ureña.
A fun moment standing in front of Lillian Vernon's portrait by Enid Cutler on April 7, 2022 with her son Fred Hochberg.
I had the pleasure of giving Reese Witherspoon a tour of the NPG in March!
Congratulations to friend and colleague Kaywin Feldman at the opening of Afro-Atlantic istories at the National Gallery of Art, USA. April 7, 2022
So grateful to have amazing women leaders as inspiration & friends! Loved this lunch ion December 11, 2022 in New York hosted by Joanna Coles & Teresa Carleson.
Me & Tony trying to keep warm in Philadelphia.
Seeing Lisa Sasaki at the FUTURES opening at the Arts & Industry Building, Smithsonian, November 18, 2021
Celebrating the life of Hung Liu on November 12, 2021 at the National Portrait Gallery with Dorothy Moss
Shoe games Hung Liu celebration style
Paying tribute to Hung Liu with Kate Capshaw and Keith Yamashita. November 13, 2021
Art party in LA October 5, 2021 with Calida Rawles
Shoe game LACMA Art + Film Gala style
LACMA Art + Film Gala with Devon Rodriguez
National Portrait Gallery table at LACMA Art + Film Gala on October 6, 2021
Kenturah Davis, Janine Sherman Barrois, Ava DuVernay, Lyndon Barrois & Rhea Combas at a party hosted by the National Portrait Gallery at the Academy Museum, October 4, 2021.
Some days are simply surreal...
A bit of fun. At the reception for the October issue of Washingtonian Magazine's "Most Powerful Women" you can get your "cover shoot"!
NPG'ers (r to l: R. Combs, R. Bradburn, Me, U. Subrahmanian) had the treat of a private tour of the Dior exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum with my dear friend director, Anne Pasternak.
An amazing gift from the Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company channeling Wonder Woman's invisible plane! On my bookshelf at work.
We laughed, we cried. Dinner in honor of Hung Liu at the Nancy Hoffman Gallery, NYC.
Such a thrill to see Emily Howland's album beautifully on display at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on display. I have spent A LOT of time with Emily! #dissertationtopic
Fields of mourning. Each white flag on the National Mall represents someone who has died from covid-19. Installation by Suzanne Firstenberg #InAmericaFlags #heartbreaking
Holding faux butterflies with George Takei front of his picture by Grav Weldon at the NPG August 2021
A gift from Hung Liu in June 2021 showing all her friends who wrote for her catalogue.
New PORTRAITS podcast mug!
Four books produced during covid-19 pandemic in 2020
Early copy of Hung Liu: Portraits of Promised Lands National Portrait Gallery Smithsonian catalogue!!
Who else got vaccinated for covid-19 with a giant elephant in the background?! 🐘🤳🏼
Nominated to become a member of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences. April '21
May 2020...2 Doctors and 4 college grads. 🎓🎓🎓🎓
Virtual graduation #DrSajet #Lifegoal
"In Admiration: Emily Howland's Cartes de Visite Album" D.L.S. Dissertation finished April 11, 2021 ⏳✍🏼🌟
Received the ArtTable Leadership Award, Feb. 2020. Conferred by Dr. Johnnetta Betsch Cole
Mailing catalogues while isolating at home during the COVID-19 pandemic
In amazing company with Washington Life Women of 2020 feature.
Portrait courtesy of Grace Roselli, Pandora's BoxX Project
Grace Roselli, Pandora's BoxX Project
staff holiday party with Tibor Waldner, December 2019!
Indra Nooyi & Hillary Clinton enjoying themselves NPG gala 2019
2019 National Portrait Gala honorees & Presenters
When Michelle Obama walked into the room wearing that dress we were blown away! Wow!
Artist Robert McCurdy with Me; Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos; and his son Preston Bezos in front of Jeff's new portrait @ NPG. (Photo courtesy of Paul Morigi/AP for National Portrait Gallery)
Indra Nooyi & Alberto Ibargüen, November 17, 2019.
Sharing a laugh with With Lin-Manuel Miranda
With my husband Tony Meadows!
2019 Gala friends Verdine White, Randi Levine, Me & Prabal Gurung.
Super fun Birmingham Museum of Art lecture flyer
On October 23 I had a preview of Hung Liu's show at Nancy Hoffman's Gallery. Hung is having an exhibition at the NPG in 2021!
❤️ amazing artist Hung Liu at Nancy Hoffman's Gallery
Anthea Hartig, Chase Robinson, Lonnie Bunch & Me! New Smithsonian colleagues.
Taína Caragol & Dorothy Moss at the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition Opening, October 25, 2019,
Press Preview 2019 Outwin ⭐️October 25, 2019.
Eduardo Diaz & Kate Haw, Secretary Bunch's Installation, Nov. 1, 2019.
Academic walk with Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw
Interviewed Cokie Roberts for the PORTRAITS Podcast
Meeting Brad Pitt at the Ad Astra film launch at the Washington Post
With Janine Sherman Barrois, TV writer & producer; Frances Arnold, Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry; and Lyndon Barrois, artist, film maker and NPG board member Commissioner. Lyndon is holding a chocolate Nobel Medal that Frances gave him!
Meeting Betye Saar June 28, 2019
On July 28, 2019 the first episode of PORTRAITS went live! Here I am recording the trailer with friends.
Jeffrey Gibson's IDENTIFY performance "To Name Another," May 22, 2019
Publication of some of the set-portraits in the NPG collection, accompanying the tour of Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today (Nov. 2, 2018 - August 18, 2019)
The NPG Commission meeting in the home of Commissioner Eduardo Rabassa with guest artists Tico Torres and & Alexis Rodriguez-Duarte
Sedrick Huckabee & Ruth Leona Buentello are interviewed by NPG curator Taína Caragol in Miami May 11, 2019
Michael Vasquez in his studio on 11, 2019
Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company performs "Tracings" May 4, 2019 in the National Portrait Galery Kogod Courtyard
Press preview of the unveiling of Julie Packard's portrait by Hope Gangloff, April 23, 2019.
April 1, 2019 the NPG staff threw me a 6 year anniversary party!
Portrait Circle evening with Left to right: Joe Ujobai, Bobbie Smith, Christy Turlington, Randi Charno Levine, Dana Bash, & Kristin Rae Cecchi on April 8, 2019. (Picture by Tony Powell)
Jane Abraham, David Skorton, Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Doris Matsui, Kim Sajet. March 28, 2019Votes for Women! Opening night.
Tour of Frieze LA with NPG friends Feb 14, 2019
Votes for Women! catalogue early copies! Feb 12. 2019
Published article in The Atlantic
Titus Kaphar @ NXTHVN Haven, CT 2.6.2019
Partying with Ken Gonzales-Day, NPG Nov. 10. 2018
Reached 2 million visitors in 11 months (1. Oct, 2017 to 1. Sept. 2018). Almost a 100% increase since 2013.
Beyond the Face: New Perspectives on Portraiture, edited by Wendy Wick Reaves on the occasion of the National Portrait Gallery's 50th anniversary presents sixteen essays by leading scholars who explore the subtle means by which artists―& subjects―convey a sense of identity & reveal historical context.
Black Out: Silhouettes from Then to Now exhibition opening with Kumi Yamashita in front of her work. May 11, 2018.
The Washington Capitals won the Stanley Cup (NHL)!! April 11, 2018 -- fans gathered on the Portrait Gallery's steps.
Opening night March 22, 2018 of "Unseen: Our Past in a New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar." l to r: Asma Naeem, me, Titus, Ken, and Taina Caragol.
Unveiling the portraits of President Barak Obama by Kehinde Wiley and Michele Obama by Amy Sherald on February 14, 2018 at the National Portrait Gallery was an amazing day from start to finish!
"The Portrait Gallery is a constant paradox: Its focus on America and portraiture makes its mission inherently conservative, yet for years now it has been one of the Smithsonian’s most consistently provocative museums, with exhibitions that explore gender, sexuality, race and difference." --- Philip Kennicott (9/21/2017)
America’s Presidents reopened at the National Portrait Gallery to the public on September 22, 2017, with new works and signage, an entirely new LED lighting system, and the reintroduction of Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington, which went through 18 months of conservation and analysis, visitors can once again explore and reflect on this unique and powerful collection. A special feature is three interactive touch tables that allows visitors to explore portraits of each pres
Created in 2016 - a new studio to store and instal TBMA.
A NPG Teen re-interprets part of Malcolm X's biography in the galleries. Part of the 20216 Portraits Alive! summer program.
American Sign Language tours
Dolores speaking 2015
The Outwin 2016: Contemporary Portraiture Today national portrait competition exhibition toured to four venues around the US for the first time between 2016-2018.
The symposium “Racial Masquerade in American Art and Culture,” Nov. 4 and 5, – organized by Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, associate professor of the history of art at University of Pennsylvania and senior fellow at the National Portrait Gallery was amazing. The event brought together scholars and artists to examine instances of people performing as a race other than their own—known as racial masquerade—and how this continues to shape the way people are viewed in American society.
The IDENTIFY program at the National Portrait Gallery commissions new work by performance artists around issues of American race and gender, and asks the question "How do we show the presence of absence?"
Maria Magdalena Campos Pons performs an IDENTIFY program May 4, 2016
James Luna performs an IDENTIFY program January 11, 2016
Aretha Franklin looks at her portrait, November 15, 2015.
The first America Now! performance May 22, 2015.
In collaboration with Explore! Children's Museum of Washington, D.C. the National Portrait Gallery opened its first-ever space dedicated to children ages 18 months to 8 years old accompanied by an adult. The exhibition is located on the first floor of the museum and all texts are presented in English and Spanish.
From September 5 - September 12, the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery piloted new exterior lighting & projections on the museum's F-Street entrance in conjunction with an exhibitions of 6 contemporary U.S. Latino artists—David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez.
A grand landscape portrait by artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada was placed temporarily on the National Mall from October 4 - 31, 2014. “Out of Many, One,” the English translation of E pluribus unum, stretched across 6 acres of land midway between the World War II & Lincoln memorials along the south side of the Reflecting Pool. The work was a composite portrait of young men & made of 8,000 tons of sand, 2,000 tons of topsoil and white chalk via satellite location.
In 2014 began a partnership with DTSBDC that in 2016 evolved to become the first time a Smithsonian museum has developed a formal Dance Company in Residence program. The DTSBDC develop new performances based on the National Portrait Gallery's exhibitions.
Many, many, museum mugs #museummemories #nocoffee ☕️#caffineofideas 💬
My essay is all about the romanticism of Dutch culture in the middle of the Industrial Revolution.