Visit the Exhibition

This exhibition, the seventh installation of the Portrait Gallery’s dynamic “Portraiture Now” series, explores the work of Mequitta Ahuja, Mary Borgman, Adam Chapman, Ben Durham, Till Freiwald and Rob Matthews. These artists expand the narrow boundaries that once defined drawing and portraiture. Probing the intersection between drawing and photography, painting, video, textual writing and computer technology, all six artists show a commitment to direct, immediate, highly personal mark-making. Each of them employs a painstaking technique; their meticulous, repetitive actions result in a contemplative, almost meditative, engagement with process that adds a psychological depth to their work.

The exhibition curators are: Interim Director and curator of prints and drawings Wendy Wick Reaves; chief curator Brandon Brame Fortune; associate curator of prints and drawings, Anne C. Goodyear; associate curator of photographs, Frank H. Goodyear III; assistant curator of painting and sculpture, Dorothy Moss; David C. Ward, historian; and Lauren Johnson, Curatorial Research and Program Assistant.

The exhibition has additional portraits not included in this website; it opens on November 16, 2012 and is on display through August 18, 2013. The exhibition will travel to the Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, where it will be on view from October 25, 2013 through February 9, 2014.

The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, tells the stories of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists who speak American history.

Location: The National Portrait Gallery is conveniently located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, in Washington D.C., above the Gallery Place–Chinatown Metrorail station (red, yellow, and green lines).

Museum Hours: 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily. Closed December 25.

Admission: FREE

For more information on visiting the museum, please visit the National Portrait Gallery's website.

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

November 16, 2012 through August 18, 2013

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock

October 25, 2013 through February 9, 2014