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Past Exhibitions

  • 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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  • Neil Armstrong moonwalk

    TIME Covers the 1960s

    September 26, 2014 - August 9, 2015

    This exhibition of original cover art from the museum's Time collection explored a selection of the major newsmakers, trends and happenings that defined the 1960s, known as the “Age of Aquarius.”

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  • Lee Surrendering to Grant at Appomattox / By Alonzo Chappel (1828 - 1887) / c. 1870 / Oil on paperboard / Smithsonian American Art Museum, gift of Nancy L. Ross in memory of Patricia Firestone Chatham

    One Life: Grant and Lee: “It is well that war is so terrible. . .”

    July 4, 2014 - May 5, 2015

    This special installation of “One Life” considered two lives that were intertwined during the Civil War. The rivalry between generals Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee was one of the most memorable in American military history.

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  • Sir Charles, Alias Willie Harris / By Barkley Hendricks (born 1945) / Oil on canvas, 1972 / National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.; William C. Whitney Foundation

    Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction

    April 18, 2014 - January 11, 2015

    Against the background of a post–World War II cultural resurgence in music, poetry, theater, and film—as well as Cold War paranoia and the growing activism regarding civil rights, the Vietnam War, feminism, and other movements—midcentury artists challenged the stereotype of homogenous American life by reassessing the individual.

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  • Balck and white portrait of a man in a blond wig with a paintbrush at his face.

    Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits

    Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery from May 2, 2014 - November 2, 2014

    During a career that spanned six decades, photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002) created iconic portraits of many of the twentieth century’s most influential men and women—from fields as diverse as business, medicine, entertainment, politics, and the arts.

    This exhibition is fully booked.

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  • "Out of Many, One" by Jorge Rodríguez- Gerada

    "Out of Many, One" by Jorge Rodriquez-Gerada

    October 4, 2014 - October 31, 2014
    The National Mall

    A grand landscape portrait from Cuban American urban artist Jorge Rodríguez-Gerada was placed temporarily on the National Mall from October 1 through October 31, 2014.

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