Eye Contact: Modern American Portrait Drawing

July 1, 2006 – October 9, 2006

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

2nd Floor, Northwest Floor Plan

The exhibition showcases masterpieces of 20th-century portraiture from the Portrait Gallery's drawing collections. Works on view include a recently acquired charcoal drawing by John Singer Sargent, an image of Robert Kennedy by Roy Lichtenstein, and a graphite drawing of Ethel Rosenberg by Elizabeth Catlett. The bold, contemporary engagement between one person and another that the term "eye contact" implies is evident in the ambitious watercolors, drawings, and pastels assembled in this exhibition.