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Past Exhibitions

  • Gregory Peck by Everett Kinstler

    Celebrate: Gregory Peck

    On view April 1, 2016 - April 10, 2016

    April 5 marks the 100th birthday of Gregory Peck, and the National Portrait Gallery will recognize the anniversary by displaying his portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Kinstler’s oil-on-canvas painting will be on view in the museum’s “Celebrate” wall from April 1 to April 10.

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  • Portrait of Nancy Reagan in a red dress

    In Memoriam: Nancy Reagan

    Portrait on display March 7, 2016 - March 28, 2016
    First floor

    The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognized the life and accomplishments of Nancy Reagan with a painting of Reagan by Aaron Shikler.

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  • Portrait of a small boy sitting on the bicycle handles of a bike with a young man stearing the bike

    Portraiture Now: Staging the Self

    Traveling June 10, 2015 - March 27, 2016

    “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self” features the work of six contemporary U.S. Latino artists—David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez—who present identities theatrically, in order to rid portraiture of its reassuring tradition that fixes a person in space and time.

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  • 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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