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Past Exhibitions

  • image of three African American men in colorful jackets all playing guitars

    In Memoriam: Chuck Berry

    Portrait on view March 21, 2017 - April 9, 2017

    The life of rock ’n’ roll legend Chuck Berry is recognized with a collage by Red Grooms (1978), installed in the museum’s In Memoriam space on the first floor.

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  • Photograph portrait of Donald Trump in a suit and tossing an apple in the air.  The background is blue sky with clouds.

    Inauguration 2017: Donald J. Trump

    Portrait on view from January 13, 2017 - February 26, 2017
    First floor

    On November 8, 2016, real estate magnate, businessman, and reality television star Donald J. Trump completed a stunning rise to the presidency by defeating Hillary Rodham Clinton after one of the most volatile and divisive campaigns in recent memory.

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  • Black and white photo of Charlie Parker playing the saxophone

    In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard

    August 5, 2016 - February 20, 2017
    First floor

    This exhibition features Herman 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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  • Astronaut in a flightsuit

    In Memoriam: John Glenn

    Portrait on view from December 9, 2016 - January 8, 2017

    The National Portrait Gallery celebrates the accomplishments of astronaut and Senator John Glenn with a watercolor and graphite portrait by Henry C. Caselli Jr.

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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 is currently traveling.

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  • 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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