What's On

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What's On

Current Exhibitions

  • Black and white photo of Prince holding a guitar

    In Memoriam: Prince

    Portrait on display April 22, 2016 - May 31, 2016
    First floor

    The tragic, premature death of Prince (born Prince Rogers Nelson)—a flame of creative, daring musical talent—has sent shock waves of grief around the world. 

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  • Portrait of Meryl Streep

    Hollywood and Time: Celebrity Covers

    April 1, 2016 - September 11, 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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  • Photograph named "Margaret and Marquetta Tisdell, Original Providence Baptist Church" by Paul Damato

    The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today

    March 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017
    Second floor

    This exhibition celebrates the finalists of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.  Every three years artists from across the country are invited to investigate the art of portrayal.  The resulting juried exhibition showcases excellence and innovation in contemporary portraiture through a variety of media used by artists today.

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  • Photograph of Spike Lee

    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 Painting" 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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