What's On

View of "American Cool" exhibition

Past Exhibitions

  • Young soldier in fatigues looking tired and worn and directly at the camera

    The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now

    April 7, 2017 - January 28, 2018
    First floor

    The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now explores and assesses the human costs of ongoing wars through portraiture. 

    Image: Afghanistan, Korengal Valley, Kunar Province, 2007. Lieutenant Piosa / Tim Hetherington / 2007 (printed 2016), Pigmented inkjet print / Courtesy Tim Hetherington Trust


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  • Brzone sculpture of Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney

    Jo Davidson: Biographer in Bronze

    July 1, 2006 - November 5, 2017
    Second floor

    Fourteen portraits in bronze and terra-cotta made by renowned American sculptor Jo Davidson between 1908 and 1946 are on view. These include depictions of Gertrude Stein, Franklin D. Roosevelt, artist John Marin, and Lincoln Steffens.

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  • Sarah Huckleberry sitting cross legged on floor and arranging small sticks of wood

    IDENTIFY Sandy Huckleberry

    Performing KNOW on October 28, 2017 at 4p.m.

    Internationally-recognized performance artist Sandy Huckleberry is known for thoughtful, meditative performances that draw attention to the space in which they occur and the relationship between the audience and the performer.

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  • Plaster bust of George Washington

    America’s Presidents Temporary Installation

    March 24, 2017 - September 4, 2017
    Second floor

    While the regular gallery space is being refurbished and updated, “America’s Presidents” will be temporarily installed in the west gallery on the second floor through Sept. 4.

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  • pastel sketch of a man in a suit

    Celebrate: John F. Kennedy

    Portrait on view May 19, 2017 - July 9, 2017
    First floor

    The National Portrait Gallery joins the nationwide celebration of the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the centennial of his birth.

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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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  • 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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