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Past Exhibitions

  • 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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  • 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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