Portraiture Now: Framing Memory

May 25, 2007 – January 6, 2008

Stop Action Reaction, © Tina Mion

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Allan Affeldt; Eric, Ashley and Maris Affeldt; Ethel and Ed Barker; Virginia and Bruce Blankenship; Robert, Cheryl and Charles Branche Jr.; Vicki Green and Bob Curry; Jennie and Terrie Frankel; Ava Swartz and Stephen Isaacs; Pat and Bill Kelley; Ken and Nancy Kranzberg; Samantha J. Leffel; Susan Shaw and Laura, Elise and Sophe Lyn; Jill Nealey Moore; Joe and Judy Reddington; Ed Ruscha; Paul Ruscha; Kristin Baldwin Seeman; and Cynthia Ratcliff and Gerald Talansky.

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

1st Floor Floor Plan

This is the second exhibition in the ongoing Portraiture Now series, highlighting contemporary art that incorporates portraits of iconic figures as a means to explore history and culture. The works of the following five artists—Brett Cook, Alfredo Arreguin, Kerry James Marshall, Tina Mion, and Faith Ringgold—broaden our traditional understanding of portraiture by integrating recognizable, remembered likenesses into explorations of personal and public identity. Portraits of such figures as Martin Luther King, Frida Kahlo, Jacqueline Kennedy, Cesar Chavez, and Josephine Baker serve as triggers of memory for both artist and audience.