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Past Exhibitions: 2009
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One Life: Thomas Paine, The Radical Founding Father
Exhibited August 7, 2009 through November 29, 2009

This "One Life" exhibition, is devoted to Thomas Paine (1737-1809) whose pamphlet Common Sense fired up Americans to get on with a declaration of independence and whose exhortation, "These are the times that try men's souls," General Washington read to his dispirited troops.

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Portraiture Now: Feature Photography
Exhibited November 26, 2008 through September 27, 2009

This exhibition focuses on six photographers who, by working on assignment for publications such as The New Yorker, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine each bring their distinctive perspective on contemporary portraiture to a broad audience.

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Reflections/Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century
Exhibited April 10 through August 16, 2009

This exhibition of approximately 75 works explores the complex issues of understanding identity in the past century.

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Inventing Marcel Duchamp: The Dynamics of Portraiture
Exhibited March 27 through August 2, 2009

This groundbreaking exhibition cast new light upon Marcel Duchamp (1887-1968), one of the most influential artists of the recent past.

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One Life: The Mask of Lincoln
Exhibited November 7, 2008 through July 5, 2009

The National Portrait Gallery commemorated the bicentennial of Lincoln's birth with this "One Life" exhibition that drew on the museum's extensive collection of Lincoln portraits.

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Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers
Exhibited October 24, 2008 through June 21, 2009

This exhibition, features jewelry containing portraits in the 19th century's four main photographic processesódaguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and paper prints.

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Ballyhoo! Posters as Portraiture
Exhibited May 9 through February 8, 2009

Featuring sixty posters ranging in date from the late 19th century to the present, this exhibition demonstrates how posters function as portraiture.

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Four Indian Kings
Exhibited September 12 through January 25, 2009.

The year 2008 marked the 225th anniversary of the Treaty of Paris which ended the American Revolution. To commemorate this event, the National Portrait Gallery exhibited the earliest surviving full-length oil portraits of North American aboriginal people painted from life.

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PAST  EXHIBITIONS:
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2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006–2005 | 2004–2000 | 1999 1998 | 1997–1996


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1999
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