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Media Advisory: Press preview for “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey”

June 18, 2018

WHAT:          Press preview for “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey”

WHEN:          Thursday, June 28, from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

WHERE:       Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Eighth and G streets N.W.

WHO:           Kim Sajet, director, National Portrait Gallery

                        James Barber, historian, National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey,” an exhibition highlighting a time of revolutionary change in the United States. During this pivotal year, Americans across disciplines put forth new ways of thinking that overturned the status quo and influenced the events that transpired over those 12 months. Coincidentally, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery also opened to the public in 1968. In celebration of the museum’s 50th anniversary, this exhibition, curated by Portrait Gallery Historian James Barber, highlights a time capsule of a diverse group of figures whose legacies continue to affect the nation in permanent ways. The exhibition will be on view June 29 through May 19, 2019.

This one-room exhibition of 30 objects features photographs, paintings, prints, drawings and magazines that highlight a time when Americans were questioning issues of leadership, citizenship and nationhood. Newsmakers included President Lyndon B. Johnson, Robert F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr. and President Richard M. Nixon, in addition to such cultural icons as Arthur Ashe, Joan Didion, Peggy Fleming, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Vince Lombardi, Sidney Poitier and the three Apollo 8 astronauts.

Major artists whose work are featured include Richard Avedon, Louis S. Glanzman, David Levine, Roy Lichtenstein, Irving Penn, George Tames and Robert Vickrey. “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey” also presents original artworks that made the cover of Time magazine from the Portrait Gallery’s collection of over 2,000 portraits created for Time.

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