Join staff from the National Portrait Gallery and the DC Public Library for a monthly discussion of portraits and prose commemorating the 50th anniversary of the museum and 1968. Each month, A Portrait Gallery staff member will lead a tour of the exhibit One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey. Following the tour, a DCPL librarian will lead a discussion of a featured book related to the portraits, Washington, D.C., and 1968.
On July 17 we will discuss Slouching Towards Bethlehem by Joan Didion:
“Know for her literary journalistic style in both fiction and non-fiction, this is Didion’s iconic work. This classic collection of journalism defined the state of America during the upheaval of the sixties revolution. The essays feature barricades and bombings, mass murders and kidnapped heiresses.”
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is requested: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/one-year-1968-an-american-odyssey-book-club-slouching-towards-bethlehem-by-joan-didion-tickets-45684175599
The Book Club will meet in the National Portrait Gallery’s Kogod Courtyard (8th and F Streets NW).
By Julian Wasser
Gelatin silver print, 1970
National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution
© Julian Wasser