Visionary: The Cumming Family Collection (Part 2)

May 14, 2021 – October 23, 2021

Obama 2012 (II), Chuck Close (born 1940), Jacquard tapestry, 2012 Gift of Ian M. and Annette P. Cumming

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

Floor Plan

This exhibition reveals the results of more than 25 years of inspired collecting by Ian and Annette Cumming and installed in two parts. Part two, featured here, includes portraits by American artists Jack Beal, Chuck Close and Nelson Shanks. This exhibition is curated by Chief Curator Emerita Brandon Brame Fortune and will be accompanied by a limited-edition publication.

In America’s early years, a few patrons commissioned portraits from leading artists of the day. Thomas Jefferson, for example, chose to support representations of the great heroes of the American Revolution and leaders in government, science and the arts. Today, the Cummings’ vision and enlightened patronage have resulted in portraits of figures whose work has advanced the fields of art, science and business, as well as civil rights and activism. Portraits in the exhibition span the years 1984 to 2020.