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Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Man conducting an orchestra

    Celebrate: Leonard Bernstein’s 100th Birthday

    August 23, 2018 - September 23, 2018

    Aug. 25 marks the 100th birthday of the late American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer and pianist Leonard Bernstein.

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  • Photograph of a man taking a picture through a plate glass window

    Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

    November 4, 2018 - August 18, 2019

    Drawing primarily from the National Portrait Gallery’s vast collection of self-portraits, this exhibition will explore how American artists have chosen to portray themselves since the beginning of the last century.

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  • Woman in a long yellow dress with her arms outstretched

    Recent Acquisitions

    November 16, 2018 - November 3, 2019

    As the Portrait Gallery turns the corner on a new decade of its legacy, the museum will present an exhibition of historic and contemporary works newly acquired for its growing collection.

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  • Wooden portrait of a Korean woman in a long dress

    Portraits of the World: Korea

    December 14, 2018 - November 17, 2019

    Pioneering feminist artist Yun Suknam (born 1939) uses portraiture to gain insights into the lives of women, past and present.

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  • Magazine cover of 19th century women in large hats protesting for voting rights

    Votes for Women: An American Awakening, 1840–1920

    March 1, 2019 - January 5, 2020

    To usher in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment, “Votes for Women: An American Awakening, 1840–1920” reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the United States.

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  • Woman with short dark hair holding a photo of a small boy

    In Mid-Sentence

    May 3, 2019 - March 29, 2020

    "In Mid-Sentence” presents a selection of photographs from the museum’s collection that depict moments of communication: intimate confessions, public speeches, exchanged jokes, political confrontations, lectures and more.

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  • Storied Women of the Civil War Era

    May 24, 2019 - May 15, 2022

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