What's On

View of "American Cool" exhibition

Past Exhibitions

  • Many lying down with cotton pouring from his mouth

    IDENTIFY: Sheldon Scott

    November 5, 2016 5:30 p.m.
    Courtyard & Great Hall

    Sheldon Scott presents Precious in Da Wadah, A Portrait of the Geechee.  IDENTIFY is the National Portrait Gallery's performance art series, which focuses attention on activism, visibility, and experimentation through portrayal.

    Image:  Cotton Mouth (detail) by Sheldon Scott, 2013 /  C-Print on Archival Paper, 26 x 38 in.  Edition of 20 / © 2013 Sheldon Scott


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  • Young man playing guitar and a harmonica

    Celebrate: Bob Dylan

    Portrait on view October 17, 2016 - October 30, 2016
    First floor

    The National Portrait Gallery celebrates the accomplishments of the singer and songwriter Bob Dylan, who was awarded the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature Oct. 13.

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  • Man in a pink jacket with gray hair (Arnold Palmer)

    In Memoriam: Arnold Palmer

    Portrait on view September 26, 2016 - October 13, 2016
    First floor

    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of professional golfer Arnold Palmer with an oil painting by Paul Burns installed in the museum’s “In Memoriam” space on the first floor.

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  • Painted portrait of Kevin Spacey as Frank Underwood, sitting in chair

    Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood

    Portrait on display from February 24, 2016 - October 10, 2016
    First floor

    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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  • 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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