What's On

View of "American Cool" exhibition

Past Exhibitions

  • Lucy May Stanton (self-portrait)

    Mementos: Painted and Photographic Miniatures, 1750-1920

    June 17, 2011 - May 13, 2012

    The word “miniature” was originally associated with the creation of small images and portraits. Tiny, often expensive, likenesses were made as mementos, love tokens, or memorials that could be kept close to the body.

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  • Chris Rock by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

    The Black List: Photographs by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

    October 28, 2011 - April 22, 2012

    Timothy Greenfield-Sanders and Elvis Mitchell worked together to develop a list of people whom they thought would represent the African-American experience in the 20th century. Greenfield-Sanders created large-format fine-art photographs, and Mitchell interviewed the subjects on film.

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  • Elmer Ephraim Ellsworth Artist: N. Thomas Copy after: Mathew B. Brady (Photographer) 1861 Hand-colored lithograph on paper

    150th Commemoration of the Civil War: The Death of Ellsworth

    Exhibited April 29, 2011 - March 18, 2012

    This exhibition recounts the death of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth in Alexandria, Va. Ellsworth was the first Union officer to be killed in the four-year-long struggle.

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  • Gertrude Stein  Jo Davidson (1883–1952)   Terra-cotta, 1922–23

    Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories

    October 14, 2011 - January 22, 2012

    Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories features more than 25 artifacts and 100 works by artists from across Europe and the U.S., detailing Stein’s life and work as an artist, collector and distinctive style-maker.  The exhibition shares an in-depth portrait of Stein that knits together her many identities. 

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  • Image of the south facade of the Patent Office Building

    Glimpse of the Past: A Neighborhood Evolves

    March 5, 2010 - September 25, 2011

    Glimpse of the Past” is a photographic exploration of the neighborhood surrounding the Patent Office Building, one of the oldest federal buildings in Washington, D.C. and now home to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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  • Hildegarde (detail)  Lilla Cabot Perry (1848–1933)

    Capital Portraits: Treasures from Washington Private Collections

    April 8, 2011 - September 5, 2011

    This exhibition presents portraits that reside in private Washington, D.C. collections.

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  • Alexander Calder (Self-portrait)

    Calder's Portraits: A New Language

    March 11, 2011 - August 14, 2011

    Best known for his abstract mobiles and stabiles, Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was also a prolific portraitist. Throughout his career Calder portrayed entertainment, sports, and art-world figures.

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