What's On

View of "American Cool" exhibition

Past Exhibitions

  • 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 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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  • Photograph of Muhammad Ali in a suit

    In Memoriam: Muhammad Ali

    June 6, 2016 - July 6, 2016

    The National Portrait Gallery recognized the life and accomplishments of “The Greatest”—Muhammad Ali—with a photograph by Yousuf Karsh, installed in the museum’s In Memoriam space on the first floor.

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  • Silver coin with Thomas Jefferson on front side

    From Token to Ornament: Indian Peace Medals and the McKenney-Hall Portraits

    June 19, 2015 - June 5, 2016
    First floor

    Beginning with George Washington's administration, presidential portrait medals were created to promote peace and friendship between Euro-Americans and Native Americans.

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  • 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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  • 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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  • Print of Mathew Brady's Studio

    Mathew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals

    March 30, 2012 - May 8, 2016
    First floor

    Mathew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals was a part of the NPG’S series of exhibitions marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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