April 5 marks the 100th birthday of Gregory Peck, and the National Portrait Gallery will recognize the anniversary by displaying his portrait by Everett Raymond Kinstler. Kinstler’s oil-on-canvas painting will be on view in the museum’s “Celebrate” wall from April 1 to April 10.
“Portraiture Now: Staging the Self” features the work of six contemporary U.S. Latino artists—David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez—who present identities theatrically, in order to rid portraiture of its reassuring tradition that fixes a person in space and time.
Alexander Gardner created dramatic and vivid photographs of battlefields, which included images of the recently dead. These shocking Civil War-era images continue to haunt the national imagination. After the war, Gardner went west, creating unforgettable pictures of western landscape and portraits of American Indians.
J.J. McCracken performs a conceptual portrait of Anne Newport Royall. Royall, one of America's first female journalists, was arrested in 1829 for arguing in public. Her trail is part of a broader history of silencing, particularly of women.
James Luna(b. 1950, Orange County, California) portrays Ishi (d. 1916), the last member of the Yahi—Native Americans indigenous to Northern California. Luna and Sheila Tishla Skinner not only pay tribute to the man known during his lifetime as "the last wild Indian" but also give voice to indigenous women.