Recent NPG blog articles by Warren Perry have focused on some important historic anniversaries: a close look at some of the tragic events of May 1864, including the death of Jeb Stuart, the beginning of Sherman's march on the South, and the death of American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne; the 70th anniversary of D-Day; and the anniversary of the executions of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg in 1953.
On Saturday, May 10, at 12:00 pm, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery Writer Warren Perry will give a talk on Elvis 1956, a book which he co-authored and which served as an exhibition catalogue for the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service Exhibition, Elvis at 21, which Perry also co-curated.
Elvis 1956 was a Bronze Award Winner in 2010 (Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards) and is a book the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame calls “the first and last unguarded look at Elvis.”
The talk will take place on the 2nd floor of the NPG (8th and G Streets, NW, Washington, DC) in the American Cool exhibition, in front of the portrait of Elvis Presley.
On April 16, Warren Perry's play The Sitters, which originally debuted Off-Off Broadway in the Strawberry One Act Festival, 2006, was directed by his cousin Nancy Layne Prescott and performed by actors at the Gulf Breeze High School in Gulf Breeze, Florida.
The latest video in the National Portrait Gallery's "Portrait in a Minute" series, a look at Union General William Tecumseh Sherman, is now available online. The film was produced by Ben Bloom, with Warren Perry hosting and writing.
On Saturday, February 15, at 1:00 pm, Warren Perry will present "Bullets, Bayonets, and Art: The American Civil War and Material Culture" at the National Civil War Museum in Harrisburg, PA. The lecture will be accompanied by a book signing for Smithsonian Civil War: Inside the National Collection at 2:00 pm.
Perry and fellow Smithsonian staff member Joan Boudreau, both contributing authors to the publication, will speak and sign copies of the book as part of a Community Free Day at the museum. The National Civil War Museum is part of the Smithsonian Affiliations program.