What's On

View of "American Cool" exhibition

Past Exhibitions

  • Photograph of General Sheridan and His Staff by Alexander Gardner (1821 - 1882)

    Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs, 1859-1872

    September 18, 2015 - March 13, 2016
    Second floor

    Alexander Gardner created dramatic and vivid photographs of battlefields, which included images of the recently dead. These shocking Civil War-era images continue to haunt the national imagination. After the war, Gardner went west, creating unforgettable pictures of western landscape and portraits of American Indians.

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  • The Mouth of the Scold

    IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture / J.J. McCracken

    Thursday February 4, 2016 | 5:30 P.M.
    Great Hall

    J.J. McCracken performs a conceptual portrait of Anne Newport Royall.  Royall, one of America's first female journalists, was arrested in 1829 for arguing in public.  Her trail is part of a broader history of silencing, particularly of women.

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  • James Luna and Shelia Tishla Skinner

    IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture / James Luna

    January 16, 2016 at 4pm

    James Luna (b. 1950, Orange County, California) portrays Ishi (d. 1916), the last member of the Yahi—Native Americans indigenous to Northern California. Luna and Sheila Tishla Skinner not only pay tribute to the man known during his lifetime as "the last wild Indian" but also give voice to indigenous women.

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  • Elaine de Kooning Self-Portrait

    Elaine de Kooning: Portraits

    March 13, 2015 - January 10, 2016

    Elaine de Kooning (1918–1989) began her career in New York City at the center of the Abstract Expressionist movement in the 1940s and 1950s. She painted abstractly, like her husband, Willem de Kooning, and other artists of that generation. However, she was best known for her painterly, gestural portraits.

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  • Portrait of a woman in a darkened setting in a 19th century-style black dress

    IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture / Martha McDonald

    October 17, 2015
    Great Hall

    Martha McDonald (b. 1964, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) features handcrafted costumes and objects that are activated by the acts of singing, making, and ultimately undoing her handwork as "woman's work." Her performance at the Portrait Gallery is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Dark Fields of the Republic: Alexander Gardner Photographs, 1859–1872."

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  • Wilmer Wilson's performance in the Great Hall

    IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture / Wilmer Wilson

    Performance October 10, 2015
    Great Hall

    Wilmer Wilson IV (b. 1989, Richmond, Virginia) is recognized internationally for his investigations of race.  As he slowly covers his body with everyday objects that adhere to his skin, he asks us to think about the historic meanings of black skin in the United States.

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