Leslie Ureña joined the National Portrait Gallery in 2016 as assistant curator of photographs. She recently co-organized the presentation of Lee Mingwei’s Sonic Blossom (2013-ongoing), part of the Portrait Gallery’s “IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture” series (April 2018) and is curating two upcoming exhibitions, “In Mid-Sentence” (2019) and “One Life: Marian Anderson” (2019). She also serves as one of the curators of the ongoing “Portraiture Now” series. Ureña received a BA in art history from Yale University and an MA and PhD in art history from Northwestern University. Her dissertation, “Lewis Hine at Ellis Island: The Photography of Immigration and Race, 1904–1926,” investigated how Hine’s photographs of newcomers shaped and were shaped by competing discourses on race in America.
Smithsonian Music interviews Curator Leslie Ureña, of the National Portrait Gallery, about the upcoming exhibition, "One Life: Marian Anderson."