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Feb 10

In Dialogue: Smithsonian Objects and Social Justice

February 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm EST

How does artwork build empathy and open the possibilities for connecting people near and far?

Heighten your civic awareness through conversations about art, history and material culture. Each month, educators from the National Portrait Gallery will partner with colleagues from across the Smithsonian to discuss how historical objects from their respective collections speak to today’s social justice issues.

How does artwork build empathy and open the possibilities for connecting people near and far? Together with our co-hosts from the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, we will explore this key question in relationship to 1992 billboard called Untitled (for Jeff) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres and a 2013 painting called The Botanist by Hung Liu.

The Zoom link will be emailed to registered participants via Eventbrite 12-24 hours in advance of the program. Each participant must register separately. We will only allow participants into the meeting if their names (and email addresses) are on the registration list.

The Portrait Gallery strives to provide programs that are accessible to all visitors. Real-time captioning (CART) will be provided for this program. If you have questions about the accessibility of this program or need to request additional accommodations, please contact Vanessa Jones at jonesve@si.edu. Two weeks advance notice is appreciated for requesting additional accommodations.

In order to register and participate in this program, you must be 18 or older, or be accompanied by a parent/guardian.

For general inquires please contact npgeducation@si.edu.

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Image Credit: LEFT: Untitled (for Jeff) by Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Peter Norton Family Foundation, 1995. RIGHT: The Botanist by Hung Liu. Oil on canvas, 2013. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, Gift of Lorrie and Richard Greene and Accessions Committee Fund purchase. © Hung Liu

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