3 black and white photos: Marian Anderson, Albert Einstein, and the Marx Brothers

Marian Anderson / Gelatin silver print, 1945 | Albert Einstein / Gelatin silver print, 1948 | Marx Brothers / Gelatin silver print, 1946 | National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Estrellita Karsh in memory of Yousuf Karsh


Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits

Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery : May 2, 2014 - November 2, 2014

In celebration of a major gift to its collection of more than 100 portraits created by renowned photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002), this exhibition featured iconic photographs of Americans who have distinguished themselves in fields as diverse as business, medicine, entertainment, politics and the arts. Among the portraits included were those of artist Georgia O’Keeffe, physician and virologist Jonas Salk, singer Marian Anderson, actress Grace Kelly, businesswoman Elizabeth Arden, architect I. M. Pei and first lady Eleanor Roosevelt. “Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits” was the museum’s first exhibition devoted entirely to the work of this internationally recognized portrait photographer, and was presented in two installations.

The curator of this exhibition was National Portrait Gallery Senior Curator of Photographs Ann Shumard.

Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits is now 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.  All participation fees are for domestic tours.  International venues would incur additional costs.

Tour Itinerary

Black and white photo of man in formal suit sitting

February 19, 2018 to May 20, 2018
Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum
Atlanta, GA

June 20, 2018 to September 16, 2018
The Dayton Art Institute
Dayton, OH

Mid-October 2018 to mid-January 2019

February 8, 2019 to May 5, 2019
The Rockwell Museum
Corning, NY

Exhibition Specifications

• 48 black-and-white photographs
• Digital files for all exhibition texts, title graphic design, organizer credits, and logo
• Sample ideas of Portrait Gallery educational programming

Support Services
• Installation and display guidelines
• Portrait Gallery courier to oversee unpacking/packing and installation/deinstallation
• Press kit, including sample press release, press images, and captions with credits

Space Required:
• High security
• 5 to 7 footcandles required
• 70°F ±2; RH 50% ±5%

Limited to 3 venues, beginning February 2018

Participation Fee:
Please contact the museum for this information.

One-way shipping via Portrait Gallery-approved professional fine art shipper with dual driver, air-ride transit

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  • Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits

    View of "Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits

    View of "Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits." Photo by Mark Gulezian. 

  • Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits

    View of "Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits." Photo by Mark Gulezian.