1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions

April 28, 2023 – February 25, 2024
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Portrait of Queen Lili‘uokalani by William F. Cogswell. Oil on canvas, 1892, Iolani Palace

National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC

On the 125th anniversary of the Spanish-American-Cuban-Philippine War, 1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions is the first exhibition to examine this pivotal period through the lens of portraiture and visual culture. The year 1898 witnessed the United States become an empire with overseas territories, and by placing portraits of U.S. expansionists in dialogue with portraits of those who dissented. This exhibition revisits this important period of history through multifaceted viewpoints. With more than 90 artworks from collections in Puerto Rico, the Philippines, Guam, Spain, and the United States, 1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions illuminates the complications and consequences of the Spanish-American War (1898), the Congressional Joint Resolution to annex Hawai‘i (July 1898), and the Philippine-American War (1899–1913).

1898: U.S. Imperial Visions and Revisions is curated by Taína Caragol, curator of painting and sculpture and Latino art and history, and Kate Clarke Lemay, historian, with Carolina Maestre, Latino curatorial assistant. The exhibition is accompanied by a major multi-author catalogue entitled 1898: Visual Culture and U.S. Imperialism in the Caribbean and the Pacific, co-published by Princeton University Press.