The Smithsonians National Portrait Gallery celebrates the first season of Portraits, a new podcast in which art, biography, history and identity intersect. The Portrait Gallerys 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.
The National Portrait Gallery is a destinationa cultural hub located in a historic landmark in the nations capital, but the community and identity of the museum extends far beyond its walls, Sajet said. Our new podcast gives us a way to share the stories of remarkable individuals with everyone across the country.
Launched June 18, the first season delves deeper into the stories behind the museums 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; Dr. 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 museums Obama portraits. 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 Packards commissioned portrait for the museum, while author and associate curator at the National Museum of the American Indian Paul Chaat Smith reflects on what people know (and think they know) about Pocahontas.
On Sept. 18, Sajet will be a guest on the Smithsonians Sidedoor, a podcast that tells surprising stories of art, history, science, and culture from the Smithsonian and beyond. Kim will provide a behind-the-scenes view of the latest Portraits podcast episode featuring journalist and author Cokie Roberts on four portraits of trailblazing First Ladies. Sidedoor can be heard at si.edu/sidedoor.
With its focus on women, the inaugural season of Portraits complements the eight exhibitions that the Portrait Gallery has presented in 20192020 as part of the Smithsonian American Womens History Initiative, Because of Her Story. Episodes are scheduled through Nov. 5. Those currently available for download are:
Episode 1 (June 18): Lopsided with Jill Lepore
Episode 2 (July 2): Loving with Sheryll Cashin
Episode 3 (July 16): On the Beat with Wendy MacNaughton
Episode 4 (July 30): Underwater with Julie Packard and Hope Gangloff
Episode 5 (Aug. 13): Pondering Pocahontas with Paul Chaat Smith
Episode 6 (Aug. 27): Firsts with Cokie Roberts
Episode 7 (Sept. 10): Remembering Marian Anderson with Leslie Ureña
Upcoming guests include the Portrait Gallerys Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard, Secretary of the Smithsonian Lonnie Bunch and the surprise winner of the 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.