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Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Many lying down with cotton pouring from his mouth

    IDENTIFY: Sheldon Scott

    November 5, 2016 5:30 p.m.
    Courtyard & Great Hall

    Sheldon Scott presents Precious in Da Wadah, A Portrait of the Geechee.  IDENTIFY is the National Portrait Gallery's performance art series, which focuses attention on activism, visibility, and experimentation through portrayal.

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  • Three women in a darkened room

    Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait

    November 18, 2016 - May 7, 2017

    This exhibition reveals Viola’s constant, yet previously unrecognized, thematic interest in portraiture. “Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait” offers a selection of Viola’s works that focus on the face and the body, using his signature metaphors of water, light and spirituality.

    Three Women, 2008/Color High-Definition video on plasma display mounted vertically on wall/61 ¼ x 36 3/8 x 5 in (155.5 x 92.5 x 12.7 cm)/9:06 minutes/Performers: Anika, Cornelia, Helena Ballent/Bill Viola Studio © Bill Viola

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  • Young soldier in fatigues looking tired and worn and directly at the camera

    The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now

    April 7, 2017 - January 28, 2018

    The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now explores and assesses the human costs of ongoing wars through portraiture. The exhibition title is drawn from John Keegan’s classic military history, which reorients our view of war from questions of strategy and tactics to its personal and individual toll.

    This exhibition is available for booking.

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