Online Exhibitions

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Online Exhibitions featured on Google Arts and Culture

Missed it in person? Enjoy online adaptations of National Portrait Gallery exhibitions and collection highlights through our collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, including several exhibitions timed with Women’s History Month. In addition, over 3,800 works of art from the museum's permanent collection can be viewed on the site.

Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
Drawing from the National Portrait Gallery’s vast collection of self-portraits, this exhibition explores and thinks critically about how American artists have chosen to portray themselves over the past century. This online exhibition highlights a selection of objects featured in both the Portrait Gallery’s presentation in Washington, D.C., and in the traveling adaptation. 
 
One Life: Dolores Huerta 
Explore the life and legacy of Latina activist Dolores Huerta, who co-founded the farm workers' movement of the 1960s and 1970s with César Chávez.   
 
First Ladies 
This online exhibition features portraits of the First Ladies of the United States from the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection. 
 
Votes for Women
This abridged virtual tour of the Portrait Gallery’s acclaimed exhibition, "Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence," delves into the history of women’s suffrage as the centennial of the ratification of the 19th amendment approaches. 
 
Up Close with George Washington
Our latest Google exhibition dives deep into the story behind Gilbert Stuart’s "Lansdowne Portrait" of George Washington. Visitors are able to zoom in on this iconic image and explore the story behind its creation in 1796. Want more on the presidents? See below for the museum’s SmARTify tour of "America’s Presidents."
 
Portraits of African Americans
Discover portraits of African Americans featured in the Portrait Gallery's collection and learn how their achievements have contributed to the history and development of our nation.

The Struggle for Justice
In one of multiple views of the museum's galleries available on Google, view portraits of activists and social justice leaders from the Portrait Gallery's collection.


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The Outwin 2019

Take a virtual tour of the museum’s exhibition "The Outwin 2019: American Portraiture Today," which features 46 portraits – including time-based media works – by finalists of the Portrait Gallery’s 2019 Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. 

And who is your favorite artist? Cast your vote for the People’s Choice Award. Vote now through April 24!!! More than 17,000 visitors have already cast their votes!

>> portraitcompetition.si.edu


 

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America's Presidents

The nation’s only complete collection of presidential portraits outside the White House, this exhibition lies at the heart of the Portrait Gallery’s mission to tell the American story through the individuals who have shaped it.

View the online feature devoted to this collection:
>> America's Presidents


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Past Exhibitions

The National Portrait Gallery has over 135 past exhibitions available online.  Many of these include complete slideshows of the works that were on view or stand-alone features developed specifically for the exhibition.

>> Past Exhibitions