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About the American Biography Walk in Washington
The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum, housed in adjoining buildings, provide a unique lens to probe American history and identity through and the biographies of key figures. In this three-hour walking seminar led by an art historian or curator, we'll explore the main works in each gallery and discuss the main themes of American art over the past 150 years.
We begin with Washington D.C. and its urban history, as the museum's building—originally the U.S. Patent Office—is a major work of Washington architecture. A cornerstone of the original l'Enfant plan, this will give us a good introduction to some of figures we'll meet once inside the museum, including the architect Robert Mills and Pierre L'Enfant himself.
Once inside, we'll focus on the Portrait Gallery first, one of the most important collections of American art in the country. We'll look at both the art as art—including a discussion of aesthetic trends, the role of art in America, and such key arread more
- Duration: 3 hours
- Category: Art
- Group: US$70 per person
- Private: US$325 per party
- Venues Visited
- National Portrait Gallery
- Smithsonian American Art Museum