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View of "American Cool" exhibition

Past Exhibitions

  • LL Cool J by Kehinde Wiley

    RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture

    February 28, 2008 - October 26, 2008

    Since its inception in the late 1970s, hip hop has become hugely influential in America. The six artists and one poet included in the exhibition, have approached hip hop culture through the lens of portraiture, and, in combination, their contributions highlight its vitality and beauty.

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  • Katharine Hepburn by Raymond Kinstler

    One Life: KATE, A Centennial Celebration

    November 2, 2007 - September 28, 2008

    Born on May 12, 1907, Katharine Hepburn was a twentieth-century icon who carefully constructed and maintained her own myth through more than fifty years on stage, screen, and television.

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  • Fred Astaire by Edward Steichen

    Edward Steichen: Portraits

    April 11, 2007 - September 1, 2008

    During his tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair from 1923 to1936, Edward Steichen created compelling portraits of many of that era’s most celebrated personalities.

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  • Zaida Ben-Yusuf Self-portrait

    Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer

    April 11, 2008 - September 1, 2008

    Photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf (1869-1933) was an important figure in the pictorialist photography movement in late 19th and early 20th century New York.

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  • Bessie Smith by Carl Van Vechten

    Let Your Motto Be RESISTANCE: African American Portraits

    May 11, 2007 - June 6, 2008

    This was the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The images were selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The theme; African American resistance across 150 years of American history.

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  • Churchill, Truman and Stalin at Potsdam by Yevgeny Khaldei

    The Presidency and the Cold War

    July 1, 2006 - February 24, 2008

    During the second half of the 20th century, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a global struggle. Beginning with Yalta and ending with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, this exhibition explores how U.S. presidents reacted to the events of the age.

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