The Smithsonianâ€™s National Portrait Gallery celebrates the first season of â€œPortraits,â€� a new podcast in which art, biography, history and identity intersect. The Portrait Galleryâ€™s director and host Kim Sajet chats with artists, historians and thought leaders about the big and small ways that portraits shape the world. The first season features the stories of remarkable women through the lens of portraiture. Episodes are available at npg.si.edu/podcasts and through Apple Podcasts, Google Play, PRX, Radio Public, Spotify and Stitcher.
Â â€œThe National Portrait Gallery is a destinationâ€”a cultural hub located in a historic landmark in the nationâ€™s capital, but the community and identity of the museum extends far beyond its walls,â€� Sajet said. â€œOur new podcast gives us a way to share the stories of remarkable individuals with everyone across the country.â€�
Launched June 18, the first season delves deeper into the stories behind the museumâ€™s portraits of historical and contemporary women. Episodes have featured Jill Lepore, a professor of history at Harvard University and a staff writer for The New Yorker, on securing a place in history for those who have been footnoted or even erased from the narrative of American history; Sheryll Cashin, a professor of law at Georgetown University, on the Supreme Court case Loving v. Virginia and the eventual lifting of the ban against interracial marriage; and bestselling illustrator Wendy MacNaughton on her recent cartoon about visitor responses to the museumâ€™s Obama portraits.Â In addition, New York-based artist Hope Gangloff and Julie Packard, the executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium and leading ocean conservationist, discuss the process of creating Packardâ€™s commissioned portrait for the museum, while author and associate curator at the National Museum of the American IndianÂ Paul Chaat Smith reflects on what people know (and think they know) about Pocahontas.
On Sept.Â 18,Â Sajet will be a guest on the Smithsonianâ€™s â€œSidedoor,â€�Â a podcast thatÂ tells surprising stories of art, history, science, and culture fromÂ theÂ SmithsonianÂ and beyond.Â Kim will provide a behind-the-scenes view of the latest â€œPortraitsâ€�Â podcastÂ episode featuring journalist and author Cokie Roberts onÂ fourÂ portraits of trailblazing First Ladies. â€œSidedoorâ€�Â can be heardÂ atÂ si.edu/sidedoor.
With its focus on women, the inaugural season of â€œPortraitsâ€� complements the eight exhibitions that the Portrait Gallery has presented in 2019â€“2020 as part of the Smithsonian American Womenâ€™s History Initiative, â€œBecause of Her Story.â€�Â Episodes are scheduled through Nov. 5. Those currently available for download are:
- Episode 1 (June 18): â€œLopsidedâ€� with Jill Lepore
- Episode 2 (July 2): â€œLovingâ€� with Sheryll Cashin
- Episode 3 (July 16): â€œOn the Beatâ€� with Wendy MacNaughton
- Episode 4 (July 30): â€œUnderwaterâ€� with Julie Packard and Hope Gangloff
- Episode 5 (Aug. 13): â€œPondering Pocahontasâ€� with Paul Chaat Smith
- Episode 6 (Aug. 27): â€œFirstsâ€� with Cokie Roberts
- Episode 7 (Sept. 10): â€œRemembering Marian Andersonâ€� with Leslie UreÃ±a
Upcoming guests include the Portrait Galleryâ€™s Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard, Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie Bunch and the surprise winner of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.
National Portrait Gallery
The Smithsonianâ€™s National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of the United States through the individuals who have shaped American culture. Spanning the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.
The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000. Connect with the museum at npg.si.edu, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube.
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