Portrait of Spike Lee by Jesse Frohman

Spike Lee (detail) / By Jesse Frohman / Inkjet print on paper, 1990 (printed 2014) / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist. ©1999 Jesse Frohman

Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze

May 22, 2015 - July 10, 2016
First floor

Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Peter Dinklage, Eminem, Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, Kobe Bryant, are some of the people featured in "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze." This exhibition features 53 portraits of luminaries who have been at the top of their fields. See them in drawings, paintings, video portraits, photographs, sculpture, and prints. Many of these works of art have never been publicly displayed and all recent additions to the museum's collection. Taken together, these portraits allow us to question celebrity and peel back its layers.

The National Portrait Gallery Portraiture Now committee of historians and curators have selected objects for this exhibition.

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    View of "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze." Photo by Matailong Du.

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    View of "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze." Photo by Matailong Du.

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    View of "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze." Photo by Matailong Du.

  • Shaun White / By Rick Chapman / Selenium-toned gelatin silver print, 2006 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of the artist and ESPN. ©2006 Rick Chapman

  • Red Deb / By Deborah Kass / Screenprint, 2012 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; Abraham and Virginia Weiss / Charitable Trust, Amy and Marc Meadows. ©2014 Deborah Kass/Artist Rights Society / (ARS), New York

  • Marc Anthony / By ADÁL / Inkjet print on paper, c. 1993 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, ©Adál1999

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    View of "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze." Photo by Matailong Du.

  • Oprah Winfrey / By Mickalene Thomas / Screen print with hand applied rhinestones on 4-ply board, 2007 - 2008 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; © 2014 Michalene Thomas/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York

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    Kelly Slater / By Todd Glaser / Inkjet print on paper / March 2011 (printed 2013) / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Henry L. Thaggert III in memory of Durnell P. Thaggert. ©2013 Todd Glaser

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On "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze"

“If there is one place in a museum in DC this summer to just sit down and let a piece of art wash over you like a cool and much needed breeze this is it.”

Friday, May 22, 2015

On "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze"

“Ever dream that Brad Pitt would look deep into your eyes? Unless you’re Angelina Jolie, the newest exhibit at the Smithsonian is the best chance you’ve got.”

Monday, May 18, 2015