This "One Life" exhibition, is devoted to Thomas Paine (1737-1809) whose pamphlet "Common Sense" fired up Americans to get on with a declaration of independence and whose exhortation, "These are the times that try men's souls," General Washington read to his dispirited troops.
"Portraiture Now: Feature Photography" focuses on six photographers who, by working on assignment for publications such as The New Yorker, Esquire and The New York Times Magazine each bring their distinctive perspective on contemporary portraiture to a broad audience.
This groundbreaking exhibition cast a new light upon Marcel Duchamp (1887–1968), one of the most influential artists of the recent past. This show demonstrated that Duchamp harnessed the power of portraiture and self-portraiture both to secure his reputation as an iconoclast and to establish himself as a major figure in the artworld.
To both his contemporaries and posterity, Abraham Lincoln has been an endless subject of mystery and fascination. "One Life: The Mask of Lincoln" examined how Lincoln used the new art of photography to convey his image to Americans, letting them see in him what they most desired.
Photographic jewelry flourished throughout the period from 1840 to 1875 and beyond. This poignant exhibition, drawn primarily from the collection of Larry J. West, featured rare and exquisite jewelry containing portraits in the 19th century's four main photographic processes—daguerreotypes, ambrotypes, tintypes and paper prints.