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Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood by Jonathan Yeo

The Portrait Gallery unveiled a new portrait of Kevin Spacey as his Golden Globe-winning character Frank Underwood from the Netflix original series, House of Cards.

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Conversation Circles

Practice English in small groups while learning about American history through portraiture.

Each Friday
10:00 am - noon
G Street Lobby

Current Exhibitions

  • Black and white photo of Charlie Parker playing the saxophone

    In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard

    August 5, 2016 - February 20, 2017

    This exhibition from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery features Leonard’s iconic images of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and Sarah Vaughan.

    This exhibition is available for booking.

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  • Babe Ruth and other Red Sox pitchers by Underwood & Underwood (active 1880 - c. 1950) / Gelatin paper print, 1915 / National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

    One Life: Babe Ruth

    June 24, 2016 - May 21, 2017
    First floor

    This exhibition examines Babe Ruth as a baseball legend and the marketing frenzy his name and image fueled before the commercialization of sports superstars became routine.

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  • Double Take: Daguerreian Portrait Pairs

    June 17, 2016 - June 4, 2017
    First floor

    Highlighting the depth of the National Portrait Gallery’s early photography collection, this exhibition will showcase fourteen daguerreotypes—two portraits each—of seven subjects: George Bancroft, Jenny Lind, Zachary Taylor, Frederick Douglass, Jefferson Davis, Daniel Webster, and John Quincy Adams.

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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.

    This exhibition will travel and is available for booking.

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Traveling Exhibitions

  • Black and white photo of Charlie Parker playing the saxophone

    In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard

    August 5, 2016 - February 20, 2017

    This exhibition from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery features Leonard’s iconic images of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and Sarah Vaughan.

    This exhibition is available for booking.

    Learn more

  • 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.

    This exhibition will travel and is available for booking.

    Learn more