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View of "American Cool" exhibition

Past Exhibitions

  • Martin Luther King Jr. shortly after his release from Reidsville Penitentiary, Georgia Jack Lewis Hiller (born 1930) Gelatin silver print, 1960

    One Life: Martin Luther King, Jr.

    June 28, 2013 - June 1, 2014

    This exhibition marked the fiftieth anniversary of the March on Washington and King’s stirring “I Have a Dream ” speech.

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  • Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition 2013

    March 23, 2013 - February 23, 2014

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  • Marilyn Monroe aby Boris Chaliapin

    Mr. TIME: Portraits by Boris Chaliapin

    May 17, 2013 - January 5, 2014

    The exhibition features 26 of the 300 works by Boris Chaliapin in the Portrait Gallery’s collection.

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  • Judith Sargent Murray John Singleton Copley (1738–1815)  Oil on canvas, c. 1769–72  Terra Foundation for American Art, Chicago, Illinois   Daniel J. Terra Art Acquisition Endowment Fund

    A Will of Their Own: Judith Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic

    April 20, 2012 - September 2, 2013

    Meet eight remarkable women from the early days of this nation. This installation brings together eight portraits of prominent American women.  Centered around an oil painting of Judith Murray by John Singleton Copley

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  • Giu Watercolor on paper, 2008 Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York City

    Portraiture Now: Drawing on the Edge

    November 16, 2012 - August 18, 2013

    This exhibition, the seventh installation of the Portrait Gallery’s dynamic “Portraiture Now” series, explored the work of Mequitta Ahuja, Mary Borgman, Adam Chapman, Ben Durham, Till Freiwald and Rob Matthews.

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  • Ambrotype of George Armstrong Custer

    Ambrotypes from the National Portrait Gallery

    May 25, 2012 - June 2, 2013

    In the mid-1850s American photographers, ranging from the celebrated Mathew Brady to the little-known itinerant L.W.F. Mark, embraced a new photographic medium known as the ambrotype.

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  • Amelia Earhart returns to America  Unidentified photographer for Acme  Newspictures, Inc.  Gelatin silver print, 1932

    One Life: Amelia Earhart

    June 29, 2012 - May 27, 2013

    Amelia Earhart achieved international celebrity status as the first women to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane.  Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of her disappearance, this one-room exhibition brought together a selection of portraits of Earhart in all artistic mediums, many of which are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Air and Space.

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