The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now
April 7, 2017 - January 28, 2018
Since September 11, 2001, the United States has been engaged in multiple wars, varying in intensity, locale, and consequence. After fifteen years, this warfare has become normalized into our social and cultural landscape; it is ongoing, yet somehow out of sight, invisible.
The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now explores and assesses the human costs of ongoing wars through portraiture. The exhibition title is drawn from John Keegan’s classic military history, which reorients our view of war from questions of strategy and tactics to its personal and individual toll. Featuring fifty-six works by six artists, the exhibition includes photographs by Ashley Gilbertson, Tim Hetherington, Louie Palu, and Stacy Pearsall; site-specific installation of drawings by Emily Prince; and paintings, sculpture, and time-based media by Vincent Valdez.
With this poignant exhibition, the National Portrait Gallery will put a face on recent wars through the work of artists who have pictured the experience of common soldiers. The Face of Battle will also bring to public attention the latest formal developments in the field of portraiture as practiced by a diverse and talented group of artists. The exhibition will place the focus on the identity and experiences of ordinary soldiers who fought and continue to fight for our nation.
The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now is currently available for tour. For more information about bringing this show to your institution, please contact Marlene Harrison, Traveling Exhibitions Specialist, at 202-633-8287 or HarrisonMR@si.edu. An exhibition prospectus may be downloaded below. All participation fees are for domestic tours. International venues would incur additional costs.
Early March 2018 to early June 2018
Mid-July 2018 to mid-October 2018
Mid-November 2018 to mid-February 2019
• 56 works including paintings, sculpture, photographs, site-specific installation of drawings, time-based media art, and ephemera
• Digital files for all exhibition texts, title graphic design, organizer and sponsor credit, and logo(s)
• Sample ideas of Portrait Gallery educational programming
• Installation and display guidelines
• One Portrait Gallery courier to oversee unpacking/packing and installation/ deinstallation
• Press kit, including press release example, and press images with captions and credits
• Publication: Bilingual exhibition brochure (25 complimentary copies); will provide printready files for venues to insert local details.
Approximately 4,000 square feet
Security and Special Requirements
• High security
• 7 foot-candles required
• 70°F ±2; RH 50% ±5%
Limited to 3 venues, March 2018 to February 2019 (see Tour Itinerary)