Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze

May 22, 2015 - July 10, 2016
First floor

Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Peter Dinklage, Eminem, Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, Kobe Bryant, are some of the people featured in "Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze." This exhibition features 53 portraits of luminaries who have been at the top of their fields. See them in drawings, paintings, video portraits, photographs, sculpture, and prints. Many of these works of art have never been publicly displayed and all recent additions to the museum's collection. Taken together, these portraits allow us to question celebrity and peel back its layers.

The National Portrait Gallery Portraiture Now committee of historians and curators have selected objects for this exhibition.

Ever dream that Brad Pitt would look deep into your eyes? Unless you’re Angelina Jolie, the newest exhibit at the Smithsonian is the best chance you’ve got.

Vanity Fair
May 8, 2015

If there is one place in a museum in DC this summer to just sit down and let a piece of art wash over you like a cool and much needed breeze this is it.

Brightest Young Things
May 22, 2015