America’s Presidents Reopens
September 22, 2017
America’s Presidents will be closed from Feb. 27 through March 23, 2017, and again from Sept. 5 through Sept. 21, 2017 while the the space is refurbished and updated. From March 24 to Sept. 4, 2017 there will be a temporary America's Presidents installation on the second floor. America's Presidents reopens fully on Sept. 22, 2017.
After 18 months of careful conservation and analysis, Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington will be back on view in the newly refurbished “America’s Presidents” gallery. In addition to changing the physical space of the presidential exhibition (improved lighting, paint, etc.) the Portrait Gallery is also enhancing the visitor’s experience through new labels, wall texts, and the addition of interactive touch screens that will allow people to explore the context of each presidency and access other visual material. A new website will accompany the permanent installation and a new edition of the museum’s book of presidential imagery will be published. This reimagining of the presidential portraits is a major undertaking that will confirm the installation as one of the major attractions at the Portrait Gallery.
“America’s Presidents” lies at the very heart of the museum’s mission to tell the American story through individuals who have shaped the country. It showcases multiple images of the past 44 U.S. presidents, starting with Washington and continuing to Barack Obama. Six presidents are given expanded attention because of their significant impact on the office: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, Franklin D. Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan.