What's On

View of "American Cool" exhibition

Past Exhibitions

  • 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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  • John Ashbery born 1927  Peter Hujar (1937–1987)  Gelatin silver print, 1975

    Poetic Likeness: Modern American Poets

    October 12, 2012 - April 28, 2013

    “Poetic Likeness” will recognized the impact of poetry in America through a survey of its history during the modern period.  During this time, the nation’s poets came of age in their command of a distinctly American voice.

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  • Battle of New Orleans  Dennis Malone Carter (1820–1881?) Oil on canvas, 1856

    1812: A Nation Emerges

    June 15, 2012 - January 27, 2013

    This exhibition viewed the War of 1812 in its international context and included portraits of the major British generals who crossed the Atlantic to fight for king and country. It also followed the stories of slaves, pirates, sailors, artists, architects, Native Americans and women during this pivotal time.

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  • The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck

    March 30, 2012 - January 21, 2013

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  • Photograph of Shirley Temple

    In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio

    May 2, 2012 - January 12, 2013

    Well before color reproductions and color snapshots became commonplace, pioneering photographer Harry Warnecke (1900–1984) and his associates at the New York Daily News’ Color Studio created brilliant, richly-hued portraits for the newspaper’s Sunday News magazine.

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  • Formal painted portrait of young Juliette Gordon Low, in pink dress

    Juliette Gordon Low and the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts

    January 13, 2012 - January 6, 2013

    Despite struggles with severely limited hearing and a turbulent marriage, Ms. Low sought to find a cause to which she could dedicate her life. In 1911, upon meeting the founder of the British based Boy Scouts and Girl Guides, Sir Robert Baden Powell, she knew she had found her cause.

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