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Mary Cassatt

The exhibition, "Eye Contact" was on view at the National Portrait Gallery from July through October, 2006. Curator Wendy Wick Reaves provides her personal reflections on selected portraits from the exhibition.
[View and listen to all 19 episodes]

Nina Levy

The innaugural installation of the exhibition series called "Portraiture Now" provided a cross-section of current innovations in portraiture through its presentation of the work of five artists. This first exhibition was held from July 4, 2006 through January 7, 2007.
Dawoud Bey  [2 episodes]
Nina Levy  [2 episodes]
William Beckman  [3 episodes]
Andres Serrano  [3 episodes]
Jason Salavon  [2 episodes]


In 2006 the Gallery welcomed portraiture into the 21st century with its first-ever Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. Several entrants to the competition agreed to be part of the Audio Profiles project. These artists represent different stations of life, career, and geography, and express a variety of approaches to portraiture and artistic practice.
Introduction by Brandon Fortune
Burton Philip Silverman  [2 episodes]
Steve DeFrank  [2 episodes]
Sharon Sprung  

George H W Bush

Syndicated political cartoonist, Patrick "Pat" Oliphant, discusses his portrait sculpture in the collection of National Portrait Gallery. This particular series of small sculptures was based on his caricatures of American presidents.
Introduction by Pat Oliphant
Richard Nixon  
Gerald Ford  
Jimmy Carter  
George H.W. Bush  

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