The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum will close to the public at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 18 for an Inaugural event. All afternoon tours and programs on that day are canceled.

Elvis at 21 images

"Starburst" | "Elvis Greets Fan in White" | "Going Home" | all featured in Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer / Large-format pigment prints / Govinda Gallery/ Copyright © Alfred Wertheimer.

Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer

October 23, 2010 - January 23, 2011

In 1956, 26-year old Alfred Wertheimer was asked to photograph a rising 21-year-old-star named Elvis Presley. When Presley walked on stage that year, he altered the beat of everyday life. The world changed. Wertheimer captured the singer’s transit to superstardom and the cultural transformation he helped launch.

The website contains only a sampling of the photographs in the exhibition.