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View of "American Cool" exhibition

Past Exhibitions

  • Kurt Cobain 1967–1994 Mark Seliger (born 1959)  Platinum palladium print, 1993, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution 			Courtesy of Mark Seliger / Steven Kasher Gallery, New York

    American Cool

    February 7, 2014 - September 7, 2014

    What do we mean when we say someone is cool? To be cool means to exude the aura of something new and uncontainable. Cool is the opposite of innocence or virtue. Someone cool has a charismatic edge and a dark side. Cool is an earned form of individuality.

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  • Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers

    Dancing the Dream

    October 4, 2013 - July 13, 2014

    “Dancing the Dream” tells the stories of performers, choreographers, and impresarios who harnessed America’s diversity and dynamism into dance styles that defined the national experience:

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  • 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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