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Past Exhibitions

  • Woman in colorful clothing with wire cage over her face and facial paint

    IDENTIFY: Performance Art as Portraiture / María Magdalena Campos-Pons

    Performance date: May 14, 2016 | 4:00 P.M.
    Great Hall, FREE

    Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons works with her husband, saxophonist and composer Neil Leonard, to reinsert the black body into historical narratives.

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  • Print of Mathew Brady's Studio

    Mathew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals

    March 30, 2012 - May 8, 2016
    First floor

    Mathew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals was a part of the NPG’S series of exhibitions marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War.

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  • 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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