What's On

Image of the Portrait Gallery's exhibit "Staging the Self" on view at the Americas Society Art Gallery

Traveling Exhibitions

The following National Portrait Gallery exhibitions are available to travel:

  • Black and white photo of Charlie Parker playing the saxophone

    In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard

    August 5, 2016 - February 20, 2017
    First floor

    This exhibition features Herman Leonard’s iconic images of jazz legends such as Duke Ellington, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Billie Holiday, Thelonious Monk and Sarah Vaughan.

    This exhibition is available for booking.

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  • Photograph named "Margaret and Marquetta Tisdell, Original Providence Baptist Church" by Paul Damato

    The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today

    March 12, 2016 - January 8, 2017
    Second floor

    This exhibition celebrates the finalists of the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.  Every three years artists from across the country are invited to investigate the art of portrayal.  The resulting juried exhibition showcases excellence and innovation in contemporary portraiture through a variety of media used by artists today.

    This exhibition is currently traveling.

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  • Balck and white portrait of a man in a blond wig with a paintbrush at his face.

    Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits

    Exhibited at the National Portrait Gallery from May 2, 2014 - November 2, 2014

    During a career that spanned six decades, photographer Yousuf Karsh (1908–2002) created iconic portraits of many of the twentieth century’s most influential men and women—from fields as diverse as business, medicine, entertainment, politics, and the arts.

    This exhibition is fully booked.

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