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Alexander Gardner created dramatic and vivid photographs of battlefields, which included images of the recently dead. These shocking Civil War-era images continue to haunt the national imagination.

Portrait of a Nation catalogue

This essential volume showcases portraits of prominent Americans who have influenced the nation's history from its earliest days to the present.

Current Exhibitions

  • Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs, 1859-1872

    September 18, 2015 - March 13, 2016
    Second floor

    Alexander Gardner created dramatic and vivid photographs of battlefields, which included images of the recently dead. These shocking Civil War-era images continue to haunt the national imagination. After the war, Gardner went west, creating unforgettable pictures of western landscape and portraits of American Indians.

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  • Poster of Dolores Huerta

    One Life: Dolores Huerta

    July 3, 2015 - May 15, 2016
    First floor

    Dolores Huerta was instrumental in achieving major legal protections and a better standard of living for farm workers, yet she remains largely under-acknowledged in history.

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  • 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."

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  • The Four Justices by Nelson Shanks

    The Four Justices

    October 25, 2013 - October 16, 2016
    Second floor

    The National Portrait Gallery celebrated the arrival of Nelson Shanks’s The Four Justices, a tribute to the four female justices who have served on the U.S. Supreme Court.

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Traveling Exhibitions

  • Portrait of Meryl Streep

    Hollywood and Time: Celebrity Covers

    April 1, 2016 - October 2, 2016 | Available as a traveling exhibition

    From its beginning in the 1920s, Time magazine responded to the public’s embrace of movie stars on and off the screen and its fascination with the glitter of Tinseltown. This exhibition will focus on approximately 35 Hollywood moguls and celebrities whose vision and talents carried us to different eras and exotic places.

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  • Portraiture Now: Staging the Self

    Traveling June 10, 2015 - March 27, 2016

    “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self” features the work of six contemporary U.S. Latino artists—David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez—who present identities theatrically, in order to rid portraiture of its reassuring tradition that fixes a person in space and time.

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