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Artist Interview: Tam Tran

Tam Tran discusses her work in "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter." Her arresting photographs investigate identity and gender, and in this series of self-portraits, called Accents, she explores her ever-changing relationship to her own developing identity. Her self-portraits are not exercises in performance or character invention. She photographs herself against a white background, using clothing that she wears regularly--as well as pose, hairstyle, and makeup--to shift the viewer's perceptions of her own identity. Through these sometimes subtle, sometimes dramatic images, she focuses on her "battle to maintain balance in my two cultures." Recorded at NPG, September 16, 2011. Interview by Jasmine Fernandez, intern, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Image: Stripe Tease / Tam Tran / Digital print, 2009 / Collection of the artist / Copyright Tam Tran. Interview currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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Artist Interview: Tim Conlon and Dave Hupp

Interview with Tim Conlon and Dave Hupp. Their graffiti art was part of NPG's exhibition "RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture. Interview by NPG Web Developer Benjamin Bloom. See the online exhibition at: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/recognize.

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Artist Interview: Zhang Chun Hong

Zhang Chun Hong discusses her work in "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter." Hong Zhang (as she is known in the United States) is a Chinese-born artist living and working in this country whose work combines traditional skills with contemporary ideas. Recorded at NPG, September 16, 2011. Interview by Jasmine Fernandez, intern, Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. Image: Three Graces triptych (Bo, Ling, and Hong Zhang) / Zhang Chun Hong / Charcoal on three paper scrolls, 2009-11 / Collection of the artist / Copyright Zhang Chun Hong. Interview currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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Author Talk: Patti Smith

Please view the instructions for transcribing audio collections before beginning. In this author talk, recorded at the National Portrait Gallery on December 11, 2010, Patti Smith discusses "Just Kids," her National Book Award-Winning memoir. Smith was interviewed by the NPG's David C. Ward, Historian. "Just Kids" is a memoir of early 1970s Manhattan and of Patti Smith's friendship with artist Robert Mapplethorpe. Discussion produced by the NPG's education department, and in conjunction with the NPG exhibition "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture."

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Author Talk: Stacilee Ford

"Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong" -- author Stacilee Ford discusses her book. American women have lived in Hong Kong and neighboring Macao for nearly two centuries. Many were changed by their encounter with Chinese life and British colonialism. Their openness to new experiences set them apart, while their "pedagogical impulse" gave them a reputation for outspokenness that troubled others. Drawing on memoirs, diaries, newspapers, films, and other texts, Stacilee Ford tells the stories of several American women and explores how, through dramatically changing times, they communicated their notions of national identity and gender. "Troubling American Women: Narratives of Gender and Nation in Hong Kong" is a lively and provocative study of cross-cultural encounters between Hong Kong and the U.S. and of stereotypes of American womanhood in Hong Kong popular culture. Recorded at NPG, October 19, 2011. Talk located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page.

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Face to Face: Barack Obama portrait

As part of the National Portrait Gallery's education program "Face-to-Face,” NPG curator Anne Goodyear discusses a portrait of Barack Obama by photographer Martin Schoeller. Anne Goodyear, who is assistant curator of prints and drawings at NPG, discussed this portrait of Barack Obama by photographer Martin Schoeller. The portrait is on display in the exhibition "Portraiture Now: Feature Photography." Martin Schoeller photographed Barack Obama for a December 2004 feature on "Men of the Year," in Gentleman's Quarterly (GQ), where a variant of this photograph appeared. View the online exhibition at: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/feature/index.html . Recorded at NPG, December 18, 2008. Image info: Barack Obama/Martin Schoeller, 2004 / Digital C-print/Collection of the artist, courtesy Hasted Hunt, New York City / Copyright Martin Schoeller. Face-to-Face talk currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page. [“Barack Obama” by Martin Schoeller. EXH.FP.58]

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Face-to-Face: "Four Indian Kings" portraits

As part of the National Portrait Gallery's education program "Face-to-Face,” NPG director Martin Sullivan discusses portraits from the exhibition "Four Indian Kings." The paintings for this special installation were lent by the Portrait Gallery of Canada, a program of the Library and Archives of Canada. In 1710, a delegation of four Native American leaders--three Mohawk from the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) alliance and one Mohican from the Algonquin nations--traveled to the Court of Queen Anne in London. The delegation traveled to London with British military leaders seeking to court support against competing French and their allied Native interests in North America. To commemorate the delegates' visit, Queen Anne commissioned John Verelst, a Dutch portrait artist residing in London, to paint their official portraits. They are the earliest known surviving oil portraits from life of Native people of North America. So popular were the "Four Indian Kings" that printmaker John Simon created mezzotints after these paintings. While the "Four Kings," as they became known, were not the first Native visitors to Britain, their presence at Court and their interactions with Londoners, who treated them as celebrities, ignited the British imagination. Poems, ballads, and music were written about them. View the online exhibition at: http://npg.si.edu/exhibit/kings/slideshow/kings.htm. Recorded at NPG, November 6, 2008. Image info: Sa Ga Yeath Qua Pieth Tow, King of the Maquas, lifedates unknown / John Verelst (c. 1675-1734) / Oil on canvas, 1710 / Library and Archives Canada / Acquired with a special grant from the Canadian Government, 1977. Face-to-Face talk currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page. ["Four Indian Kings" oil paintings by John Verelst. 1977-35-1, 1977-35-2, 1977-35-3, & 1977-35-4. Series of mezzotint on paper prints by John Simon copy after John Verelst. NPG.74.22, NPG.74.23, NPG.74.24 & NPG.92.149]

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Face-to-Face: Alec Soth portrait

Photographer Alec Soth discusses his work on display in "Portraiture Now: Feature Photography." A selection of Alec Soth's photographs are on display at the National Portrait Gallery as part of "Portraiture Now: Feature Photography." This exhibition highlights six photographers who, by working on assignment for publications such as the New Yorker, Esquire, and the New York Times Magazine, bring their distinctive "take" on contemporary portraiture to a broad audience. The exhibition closed on September 27, 2009. Face-to-Face talk currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page. Recorded at NPG, April 19, 2009.

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Face-to-Face: Bette Midler portrait

As part of the National Portrait Gallery's education program "Face-to-Face," NPG researcher Maya Foo discusses a portrait of Bette Midler by artist Richard Amsel. Richard Amsel, an emerging talent who had recently won a nationwide contest to design the poster for Hello, Dolly!, caught Midler's energy and flair in his 1973 poster. Midler's accompanist, Barry Manilow, who produced her first and second albums, admired Amsel's work, and Midler agreed he should design the cover and advertising art. Amsel's stylized strutting figure graced Midler's second album, promoted a national tour, and here announced her appearance to sold-out audiences at New York's Palace Theater in December 1973. A similar image was reused for later albums and tours. This poster was on view in the exhibition "Ballyhoo: Posters as Portraiture," view the online exhibition at: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/ballyhoo/index.html . Recorded at NPG, February 5, 2009. Image info: Bette Midler/ Richard Amsel, 1973 / Color photolithographic poster/ National Portrait Gallery; gift of Jack Rennert/ Copyright Richard Amsel. Face-to-Face talk currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page. ["Bette Midler" by Richard Amsel. NPG.2007.168]

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Face-to-Face: Cindy Sherman portrait

As part of the National Portrait Gallery's education program "Face-to-Face," NPG curator Anne Goodyear discusses a portrait of Cindy Sherman by photographer Martin Schoeller. Anne Goodyear, who is assistant curator of prints and drawings at NPG, discussed this portrait of Cindy Sherman by photographer Martin Schoeller. The portrait is on display in the recently opened exhibition "Portraiture Now: Feature Photography." Cindy Sherman, who is well known for creating photographs of herself adopting a broad range of persona, has a face that is surprisingly unfamiliar to viewers. Schoeller's portrait of Sherman, originally published with a New Yorker profile by Calvin Tomkins, "Her Secret Identities," unmasks the influential artist. View the online exhibition at: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/feature. Recorded at NPG, January 8, 2009. Image info: Cindy Sherman / Martin Schoeller, 2000 / Digital C-print / Collection of the artist, courtesy Hasted Hunt, New York City / Copyright Martin Schoeller. Face-to-Face talk currently located on the National Portrait Gallery's iTunesU page. ["Cindy Sherman" by Martin Schoeller. EXH.FP.60]

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