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Museum staff member installing a new exhibition

Upcoming Exhibitions

  • Painting of a woman in a long red dress with lang black hair agains an orange background

    Portraits of the World: Switzerland

    December 15, 2017 - November 12, 2018

    “Portraits of the World: Switzerland” is the inaugural exhibition of a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture.

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  • Sclptural portrait of a Native American man wearing a stripes shirt, a blanket over his shoulder and a single feather in a headband

    UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar

    March 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019

    The exhibition highlights the work of two leading contemporary artists who grapple with the under- and misrepresentation of certain minorities in portraiture and American history.

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  • 19th century silhouette of an artist painting at his easel

    Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now

    May 11, 2018 - March 10, 2019

    With both historical and contemporary explorations into the silhouette, Black Out reveals new pathways between our past and present, particularly with regard to how we can reassess notions of race, power, individualism, and even, our digital selves.

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  • Portrait of a 19th century woman seated at a small table

    Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting

    June 15, 2018 - June 2, 2019

    The 2018 installation of the Daguerreian Gallery celebrates the National Portrait Gallery’s golden anniversary by highlighting fifty years of daguerreotype collecting by the museum.

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  • Colorful poster of young people (hippies) from 1968

    One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey

    June 29, 2018 - May 19, 2019

    As part of a series of installations celebrating its golden anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will present “One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey,” a one-room exhibition that looks back at an extraordinarily important and memorable time in American history.

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