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National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Strike a Prose: Close Look at Eye to I

Friday, January 25, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

In this writing workshop, we will practice writing about visual art, using a critical perspective. We will view Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today in order to discuss curatorial themes and analyze particular works of art. This workshop is perfect for writers interested in writing about visual art critically or developing their ability to use visual art to inspire their creative writing.

Led by local writer Willona Sloan, these workshops are open to writers of all levels who are 18+. Materials are provided.

Drawing primarily from the National Portrait Gallery’s vast collection of self-portraits, the exhibition, Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, explores how American artists have chosen to portray themselves since the beginning of the last century. As people are confronted each day with “selfies” via social media and as they continue to examine the fluidity of contemporary identity, this is an opportune time to reassess the significance of self-portraiture in relation to the country’s history and culture.

Please plan to arrive at the 8th and G Street, NW entrance at 9:45am so we may begin promptly at 10:00am.

Strike a Prose Workshops in This Series:

Strike a Prose: Writing Self-Portraits

Thursday, January 10, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Friday, January 11, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Strike a Prose: Finding Footing in a Shifting Landscape

Thursday, January 17, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Friday, January 18, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Strike a Prose: Close Look at Eye to I

Thursday, January 24, 2019, 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Friday, January 25, 2019, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM


To sign up for other workshops, please visit npg.eventbrite.com.


Image Credit: Beaumont Newhall Self-Portrait by Beaumont Newhall Gelatin silver print 1970 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution ©1970, Beaumont Newhall, © 2018, the Estate of Beaumont and Nancy Newhall. Permission to reproduce courtesy of Scheinbaum and Russek Ltd., Santa Fe, New Mexico

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