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Pop-Up: : First in War, First in Peace, First in the Arts of His Countrymen

Full Title: First in War, First in Peace, First in the Arts of His Countrymen: Charles Willson Peale, George Washington, and the Visual Creation of American Identity

A Virtual Event Presented by The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery
Tuesday, April 3, 2021; 5:00-6:00pm

REGISTRATION REQUIRED: To attend, you must register with The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery to receive your individual Zoom link. This event may have limited seating, so you are encouraged to register early: https://bit.ly/3gbzlPC

This virtual pop-event is brought to you by the Washington, DC History & Culture Meetup Group: a pop-up event is an online event hosted and streamed/presented by another organization. The information about the event is posted here for your convenience and to post comments during or after the event—but you must register with The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery to receive your individual Zoom link.

This event focusing on Peale's work and politics--especially Washington-- looks so interesting—I hope you can attend!



Full description of the event from The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery's website:

Presented by Rick Herrera, professor of strategy at the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. Followed by a Q & A moderated by Kate Clarke Lemay, the Portrait Gallery’s acting senior historian and interim director of PORTAL.

Charles Willson Peale was the first artist to have portrayed George Washington in uniform from life. Washington sat for Peale seven times — more than for any other artist. Beginning with his earliest works, Peale channeled his politics and those of his patrons through his brush. His portraits familiarized Americans and Europeans with Washington, presenting the man, the cause, and the republic as one and the same. Specifically, Peale’s commissions celebrating Washington’s earliest victories heralded American resilience and the ability to rise, strike back, and triumph in the darkest days of the war. Peale portrayed Washington as the personification of the American struggle for independence while heralding his service and leadership as a republican general. As visual biographies of the first soldier of the republic, Peale’s wartime portraits of Washington, therefore, represent his most important contribution to the creation of American identity through art.

This program is a part of the Greenberg Steinhauser Forum in American Portraiture and is hosted by PORTAL, the Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center.
Closed captioning provided

This event is free—Registration required: https://bit.ly/3gbzlPC

Information about The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery: The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of the United States through the individuals who have shaped American culture. Spanning the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the nation’s story. The National Portrait Gallery is located at Eighth and G streets N.W., Washington, D.C.
Website: https://npg.si.edu/

Image credit: Image credit: George Washington at Princeton by Charles Willson Peale, oil on canvas, 1779. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia

National Army Museum's VIRTUAL Battle Brief: Tarleton's Charlottesville Raid


National Army Museum's August Battle Brief explores a pivotal Revolutionary War event: Tarleton's Charlottesville Raid.

Date: 3 August 2021
Time: 7 pm to 8 pm EDT
This event is free and open to the public. Register in advance at:

The event will be held over Zoom.

Join the National Museum of the United States Army for our August Battle Brief about one of the most dramatic events of the Revolutionary War! Museum educator and historian John Maass will tell the story of Tarleton's Charlottesville Raid of June, 1781, when British forces in central Virginia launched a daring strike to destroy Patriot supplies, disrupt the meeting of Virginia's legislature, and capture Governor Thomas Jefferson. This program will also feature rare period maps and modern images of the key sites associated with this episode's events.

This Battle Brief will be presented on August 3 at 7:00 pm EDT and August 10 at 12:00 pm EDT.


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See FRIDA for FREE by Aug. 8 & Sneak Peek at the Future NMWA Aug. 4 (Zoom)

Please read the event description!

This is an info posting that you can see FRIDA for FREE at the NMWA in DC on your own now between August 8 (not an organized Meetup event with other people).

There is also an online presentation about the future NMWA taking place over Zoom on August 4.
If you want to join us and our friends from the NMWA for the Zoom presentation click the link below to register.


See FRIDA for FREE in DC at the NMWA!!!

Did you know that Washington, DC is one of only a handful of places on the east coast where you can see a Frida Kahlo painting?

The National Museum of Women in the Arts has her 1937 "Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky" and you can now see it for FREE through Sunday, August 8.

NMWA's Closing Week: August 1–8.
FREE admission with timed-entry tickets.
Join us for celebratory events and programs before our building closes on August 9 for a major renovation.
Enjoy free admission, extended hours, and a special sneak peek into the renovation project and plans for the museum's future.
Plus, local restaurants Modena and Centrolina are giving a 10% discount closing week when you show your NMWA admission ticket.

Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky
Frida Kahlo
Like many paintings by Frida Kahlo, Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky focuses on a particular event in the artist’s life. It commemorates the brief affair Kahlo had with the exiled Russian revolutionary leader Leon Trotsky shortly after his arrival in Mexico in 1937. In this painting, she presents herself elegantly clothed in a long embroidered skirt, fringed shawl, and delicate gold jewelry. Flowers and coils of red yarn adorn her hair and adroitly applied makeup highlights her features. Poised and confident in her stage-like setting, Kahlo holds a bouquet of flowers and a letter of dedication to Trotsky that states, “with all my love.” Interestingly, Clare Boothe Luce, the American playwright, socialite, and U.S. Congresswoman, donated Self-Portrait Dedicated to Leon Trotsky to NMWA in 1988.
Kahlo, like many Mexican artists working after the Revolutionary decade that began in 1910, was influenced in her art and life by the nationalistic fervor known as Mexicanidad. The artists involved in this movement rejected European influences and favored a return to the country’s native roots and folk traditions. Kahlo often wore the distinctive clothing of the Tehuantepec women in southwest Mexico; she also looked to pre-Columbian art and Mexican folk art for forms and symbols in her paintings. The compositional elements of the stage and curtains, for example, draw upon Mexican vernacular paintings called retablos, devotional images of the Virgin or Christian saints painted on tin, which Kahlo collected.


Sneak Peek at the Future of NMWA
Wednesday, August 4
6–7 p.m. ET | Online
See plans for the renewed building and discover the many ways you can continue to connect with NMWA during the building closure.

Director Susan Fisher Sterling will reveal never-before-seen historical photographs of NMWA's 1908 landmark building along with architectural renderings of planned new spaces.

NMWA's Directors of Education and Public Programs will discuss the exciting slate of workshops, talks, and concerts planned for the Fall 2021/Winter 2022 season. Most programs will be presented online and available to participants around the world. NMWA's curatorial staff will share details about a major off-site exhibition planned for early 2022.




Diana Ross 1983 Central Park Concert - Music History Livestream (12PM EDT)

Let's travel back in time to New York City in July 1983 to hear some of the amazing songs Diana Ross performed during her two concerts in Central Park.
Our program will include a brief introductory overview of Diana's inspiring life growing up in Detroit and her career with The Supremes and as a solo artist with Motown Records. Then we'll watch several of the thirty songs she performed in Central Park over two nights (the initial July 21 concert was rained out but Diana returned the following night, July 22).
During our online/virtual presentation there will also be an opportunity to discuss the music with other participants via Zoom.

Please note that there are two separate times for this program: 12:00 PM EDT & 8:00 PM EDT (Washington, DC times).

Diana Ross (born March 26, 1944) is an American singer, songwriter and actress from Detroit. She rose to fame as the lead singer of the vocal group the Supremes, who became Motown's most successful act during the 1960s and one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time.

On July 21, 1983, Ross performed a free concert on Central Park's Great Lawn, aired live worldwide by Showtime. Proceeds of the concert would be donated to build a playground in the singer's name. Midway through the beginning of the show, a torrential downpour began. Ross tried to continue performing, but, the severe weather required that the show be stopped after 45 minutes. Ross urged the large crowd to exit the venue safely, promising to perform the next day.

The second concert held the very next day was without rain. The funds for the playground were to be derived from sales of various memorabilia. However, they were destroyed by the storm. When the mainstream media discovered the exorbitant costs of the two concerts, Ross faced criticism from New York City's then-mayor Ed Koch and the city's Parks Department commissioner and poor publicity. During a subsequent mayoral press conference, Ross handed Koch a check for US$250,000 for the project. The Diana Ross Playground was built three years later.


Your host for this program is Robert Kelleman, the founder/director of the non-profit community organization Washington, DC History & Culture.

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Zoom Connection:
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Zoom events have a limit on the number of people that can participate and therefore the event may “sell-out” once a certain number of registrations has been reached.

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