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Face-to-Face Podcast Face-to-Face is a podcast series from the National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Listen to Face-to-Face portrait talks, interviews with artists, and lectures from the museum. Face-to-Face portrait talks occur every Thursday at 6pm, in the museum. For more, see the Face-to-Face blog at http://face2face.si.edu/ and the National Portrait Gallery's website at http://npg.si.edu/
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Alec Soth, gallery talk
April 21, 2009

Photographer Alec Soth discusses his work on display in "Portraiture Now: Feature Photography." Recorded at NPG, April 19, 2009.


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Mark Twain portrait, Face-to-Face talk
April 20, 2009

Ben Click, Professor at St. Mary's College, discusses a portrait of Mark Twain by John White Alexander. Recorded at NPG, April 16, 2009.


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Samuel Morse portrait, Face-to-Face talk
April 14, 2009

Ann Shumard, curator of photographs at NPG, discusses a piece of daguerreian jewelry containing a portrait Samuel Morse. Recorded at NPG, April 9, 2009.


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Toni Morrison portrait, Face-to-Face talk
April 3, 2009

NPG researcher Warren Perry discusses a portrait of Toni Morrison by Robert McCurdy. Recorded at NPG, April 2, 2009.


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Mary Todd Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln portrait, Face-to-Face talk
April 01, 2009

Erin Carlson Mast, curator at Lincoln's Cottage, discusses Mary Todd Lincoln. Recorded at NPG, March 26, 2009


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Lady Bird Johnson portrait, Face-to-Face talk
March 31, 2009

The NPG's Amy Baskette discusses a portrait of Lady Bird Johnson by Boris Artzybasheff. Recorded at NPG, March 12, 2009. .


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Martha Washington portrait, Face-to-Face talk
March 23, 2009

Sid Hart, senior historian at NPG, discusses a portrait of Martha Washington by Gilbert Stuart. Recorded at NPG, March 19, 2009.


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Dolley Madison portrait, Face-to-Face talk
March 6, 2009

Ellen Miles, curator of painting and sculpture at NPG, discusses a portrait of Dolley Madison by William Elwell, Recorded at NPG, March 5, 2009.


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Ornette Coleman portrait, Face-to-Face talk
March 3, 2009

Reuben Jackson, archivist at the National Museum of American History, discusses Ornette Coleman. Recorded at NPG, February 19, 2009. .


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Thelonious Monk portrait, Face-to-Face talk
March 3, 2009

NPG historian Jim Barber discusses a portrait of Thelonious Monk by Boris Chaliapin. Recorded at NPG, February 19, 2009. .


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One Life: KATE, A Centennial Celebration
Exhibited November 2 through September 28, 2008.

Born on May 12, 1907, Katharine Hepburn was a twentieth-century icon who carefully constructed and maintained her own myth through more than fifty years on stage, screen, and television.

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Edward Steichen: Portraits
Exhibited April 11 through September 1, 2008

During his tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair from 1923 to1936, Edward Steichen created compelling portraits of many of that era’s most celebrated personalities

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Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer
Exhibited April 11 through September 1, 2008

Photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf (1869-1933) was an important figure in the pictorialist photography movement in late 19th and early 20th century New York

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Let Your Motto Be RESISTANCE: African American Portraits
Exhibited October 19, 2007 through March 2, 2008

This is the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The images were selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The theme; African American resistance across 150 years of American history.

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The Presidency and the Cold War
Exhibited July 1, 2006 through February 24, 2008

During the second half of the 20th century, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a global struggle. Beginning with Yalta and ending with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, this exhibition explores how U.S. presidents reacted to the events of the age.

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Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence, 1763-1848
Exhibited September 27 through February 10, 2008

Through portraits and compelling authentic documents, this exhibition explores Spain’s key role in the Revolutionary War and the founding of the United States.

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Temple of Invention: The History of a National Landmark
Exhibited July 1, 2006 through January 21, 2008

The exhibition honors the completion of the museum's glorious renovation. This landmark was praised by Walt Whitman as the “noblest of Washington buildings” and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States.

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Portraiture Now: Framing Memory
Exhibited May 25, 2007 through January 6, 2008

“Framing Memory,” the second exhibition in the ongoing “Portraiture Now” series, highlights contemporary art that incorporates portraits of iconic figures as a means to explore history and culture.

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