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In Memoriam: Prince
April 22, 2016 – May 31, 2016

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of Prince Nelson with a photograph by Lynn Goldsmith. The image was taken in 1993.

Portrait Gallery
Hollywood and Time: Celebrity Covers
April 1, 2016 – September 11, 2016

Hollywood personalities who once graced theater marquees across America are featured in original cover art commissioned by Time magazine. Included are vintage portraits of stars, as well as Oscar-winning directors.

Portrait Gallery
The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today
March 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017

Every three years the National Portrait Gallery invites artists from across the nation to submit their best works of portrayal. Jurors select the finest works that showcase mastery and innovation in the form.

Portrait Gallery
Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood
February 24, 2016 – mid-October 2016

The Portrait Gallery unveiled a new portrait of Kevin Spacey as his Golden Globe-winning character Frank Underwood from the Netflix original series, House of Cards. The monumental painting, which measures six feet by six feet, was painted by Jonathan Yeo.

Portrait Gallery
Recent Acquisitions
November 6, 2015 – October 30, 2016

This annual exhibition features 29 objects that tell the story and identity of America through the art of portraiture and showcase some of the newest additions to the museum’s collection.

Portrait Gallery
One Life: Dolores Huerta
July 3, 2015 – May 15, 2016

One Life: Dolores Huerta highlights the significant role of this Latina leader in the California farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. It illuminates Huerta as the co-founder, with Cesar Chavez, of the United Farm Workers (UFW), and highlights her position as the union’s lobbyist and contract negotiator.

Portrait Gallery
From Token to Ornament: Indian Peace Medals and the McKenney-Hall Portraits
June 19, 2015 – June 5, 2016

Beginning with George Washington’s administration, presidential portrait medals were created to promote peace and friendship between Euro-Americans and Native Americans. This exhibition features 21 objects, including photographs, prints, and peace medals.

Portrait Gallery
Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze
May 22, 2015 – July 10, 2016

Celebrity faces are everywhere. This exhibition questions the separate roles of subject, artist and viewer in creating and experiencing the celebrity gaze.

Portrait Gallery
Four Female Supreme Court Justices
October 29, 2013 – October 16, 2016

See Supreme Court justices Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan in this life-size portrait.

Portrait Gallery
Mathew Brady's Photographs of Union Generals
March 30, 2012 – May 8, 2016

Studio portraits of Union military leaders from George McClellan and Ambrose Burnside to William Tecumseh Sherman and Ulysses Grant by photographer Mathew Brady are on view.

Portrait Gallery
The Struggle for Justice
February 12, 2010 – Permanent

This exhibition showcases major cultural and political figures who struggled to achieve civil rights for disenfranchised or marginalized groups.

Portrait Gallery
Renovating a Landmark: From Patent Office to Reynolds Center
November 17, 2007 – Permanent

This small exhibition commemorates the opening of the Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard.

Portrait Gallery
America's Presidents
July 1, 2006 – Permanent

America’s Presidents showcases an enhanced and extended display of multiple images of the past 43 presidents of the United States starting with Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington (off-view for conservation) and continuing to George W. Bush.

Portrait Gallery
American Origins, 1600-1900
July 1, 2006 – Permanent

American Origins is a conversation about America that begins with the first days of contact between Native Americans and European explorers, through the struggles of independence, to the Gilded Age.

Portrait Gallery
Twentieth-Century Americans
July 1, 2006 – Permanent

Four galleries showcase the major cultural, scientific, and political figures of the 20th century.

Portrait Gallery
Jo Davidson: Biographer in Bronze
July 1, 2006 – Permanent

On view are portraits made by renowned American sculptor Jo Davidson between 1908 and 1946.

Portrait Gallery
Bravo!
July 1, 2006 – Indefinitely

Bravo! showcases individuals who have brought the performing arts to life, beginning with P. T. Barnum, who raised the curtain on modern entertainment in the late 19th century, and continuing through the present. 

Portrait Gallery
Champions
July 1, 2006 – Indefinitely

Champions salutes the dynamic American sports figures whose impact extends beyond the athletic realm and makes them a part of the larger story of the nation.

Portrait Gallery

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