We have arranged a guided tour of the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit One Life: Frederick Douglass to explore the impact of a man who not only published three autobiographies, hundreds of essays, and a novella; delivered thousands of speeches; edited the longest-running Black newspaper in the nineteenth century, The North Star; befriended and advised President Abraham Lincoln and met every subsequent president through Grover Cleveland, but also was also an accomplished art critic and the most photographed American of the nineteenth century.
He wrote extensively on portrait photography, and considered it a “true art” (as contrasted with caricatures), which captured the essential humanity of each subject. He argued that “true art” was an engine of social change, and true artists were activists: “They see what ought to be by the reflection of what is, and endeavor to remove the contradiction.”
Join us as we explore the long journey of his life, from enslaved young man to internationally acclaimed elder statesman, and continuing through to his afterlife, where he continues to inspire and motivate.
This event is likely to fill up, and to have a significant wait list. For that reason, we are limiting it to Members Only. If you sign up, but find you are unable to attend, PLEASE let us know as soon as you can, so that we can offer your spot to someone on the wait list.