I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker’s Portraits of Remarkable Black Women: Part I

July 8, 2022 – January 29, 2023

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

Floor Plan

This exhibition features more than 25 photographs by Brian Lanker, the Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer who, in 1989, published the extraordinarily popular book I Dream a World: Portraits of Black Women Who Changed America. Presented in two parts, the first group of portraits will be on view from July 8, 2022, through Jan. 29, 2023, and the second group will be on display from Feb. 10, 2022, through Aug. 27, 2023. The show represents women who have made significant contributions to the United States, whether through writing, activism, theater, athletics, journalism, or other disciplines. Sitters featured in the first part will include Maya Angelou, Septima Poinsette Clark, Lena Horne, Barbara Jordan, Rosa Parks, Leontyne Price, Wilma Rudolph, and Alice Walker. Sitters featured in the second part will include Althea Gibson, Odetta, Cicely Tyson, and Oprah Winfrey.

I Dream a World is co-curated by Ann Shumard, senior curator of photographs, and Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw.