PORTAL, the National Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center, kicks off 2022 with three programs in the Greenberg Steinhauser Forum in American Portraiture. Please see details below and subscribe to PORTAL’s newsletter (select “Scholarly Programs”) to receive program announcements.

All programs will be held virtually via Zoom, with closed captioning provided.


José María Mora, Napoleon Sarony, and the Migrant Surround in American Portrait Photography

Tuesday, January 25 at 5pm (ET) | Free – Registration required

This lecture is presented by Erin Pauwels, Assistant Professor of Art History at the Tyler School of Art and Architecture at Temple University. Leslie Ureña, Curator of Photographs at the National Portrait Gallery, will moderate the Q&A.

Edmonia Lewis and Wendell Phillips: Kate Clarke Lemay in Conversation with Kirsten Pai Buick and Hélène Quanquin

Tuesday, February 8 at 5pm (ET) | Free Registration required

Kate Clarke Lemay, interim director of PORTAL and Acting Senior Historian at the National Portrait Gallery, will moderate a conversation between Hélène Quanquin, Professor of American Studies, University of Lille (France), and Kirsten Pai Buick, Professor of Art History; Associate Dean of Equity and Excellence for the College of Fine Arts; and inaugural Chair of Africana Studies, University of New Mexico.

New Approaches to Representing Women in Science: In Conversation with Leila McNeill, Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, and Anna Reser

Tuesday, March 22 at 5pm (ET) | Free Registration required

Join us for a dialogue between historians of science Leila McNeill and Anna Reser, co-founders of the magazine Lady Science and co-authors of Forces of Nature: The Women Who Changed Science, and Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya, a multidisciplinary artist known for “Beyond Curie” and other portraiture projects. Lacey Baradel, Science Historian at the National Portrait Gallery, will moderate the conversation.


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