The National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence, thru January 5, 2020. The exhibition "ushers in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment as it reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s suffrage in the U.S." Through portraiture, biography, and material culture, the exhibition “examines the contributions of the radical women in antislavery societies; women activists of the late nineteenth century; the New Womanof the turn of the century; and the militant suffragists of the 1910s. The presentation also highlights the struggles that minority women endured long after the passage of the Nineteenth Amendment.” The exhibition is curated by Kate C. Lemay, historian and director of Portal, The Portrait Gallery’s Scholarly Center.
Image below: Kim Sajet, Director of the National Portrait Gallery, at a preview of Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence Visit www.si.edu/
The National Portrait Gallery will display an exhibition titled In Mid-Sentence, May 3-March 29, 2020.The exhibition will present a selection of photographs from the Gallery’s collection “that depict moments of communication: intimate confessions, public speeches, exchanged jokes, political confrontations, lectures and more.” The exhibition will provide “the missing script for these otherwise silent voices, granting another means for understanding these interactions by placing them within their socio-historical contexts.” The exhibition is curated by Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, National Portrait Gallery.
The National Portrait Gallery will exhibit Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits, June 14-May 31, 2020. The growing presence of women in public life in mid-nineteenth-century America, coincided with the rise of portrait photography. This exhibition of daguerreotypes and ambrotypes from the 1840s and 1850s features portraits of early feminist icons, women’s rights advocates Margaret Fuller and Lucy Stone, abolitionist Lucretia Mott and best-selling author Harriet Beecher Stowe. Ann Shumard, the National Portrait Gallery’s senior curator of photographs, is the curator of this exhibition.
The National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting Recent Acquisitions, thru November 3, 2019The gallery is showing historic and contemporary works newly-acquired. Subjects include Celia Cruz, Edwin Hubble, Helen Keller, Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Louie Pérez, Maurice Sendak, George Walker, and Oprah Winfrey. The exhibition presents work by artists including Imogen Cunningham, Harry Gamboa Jr., Brigitte Lacombe, Charles Willson Peale, Shahzia Sikander, and Andy Warhol.
The National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today, which was organized by the museum’s Chief Curator Brandon Brame Fortune, thru August 18, 2019. The exhibition “presents a sampling of how artists have approached the exploration of representation and self-depiction through portraiture. Drawing primarily from the museum’s vast collection, Eye to I examines how artists in the U.S. have chosen to portray themselves since the beginning of the last century. Eye to I features more than 75 artworks in a variety of styles and media ranging from tiny caricatures to wall-sized photographs, from colorful pastels and watercolors to dramatic paintings and time-based media. Self-portraits displayed include those of Richard Avedon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thomas Hart Benton, Louise Bourgeois, Patricia Cronin, Imogen Cunningham, Elaine de Kooning, Joan Jonas, Jacob Lawrence, Louise Nevelson, Diego Rivera, and Andy Warhol.
Image below: The Silver Goblet by Lucy May Stanton - Watercolor on ivory - 1912 - National Portrait Gallery - Gift of Mrs. Edward C. Loughlin
The National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting Portraits of the World: Korea, thru November 17, 2019.A wood assemblage by contemporary feminist artist Yun Suknam is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which includes portraits of American artists, such as Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Marisol, Kiki Smith and Nancy Spero. The exhibition focuses on shared themes and artistic approaches that have activated women artists from different parts of the globe. Robyn Asleson, the National Portrait Gallery’s associate curator of prints, drawings and media arts, is the curator of this exhibition. Image below: Mother III by Yun Suknam, acrylic on wood, 1993 (2018 version). Courtesy Hakgojae Gallery, Seoul. Photo by Yun Suknam
The National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting, thru June 2, 2019.The 2018 installation of the Daguerreian Gallery celebrates the National Portrait Gallery’s golden anniversary by highlighting fifty years of daguerreotype collecting by the museum. The exhibition includes portraits of such iconic figures as activist and reformer Dorothea Dix, entrepreneur and showman P. T. Barnum with Tom Thumb, Seneca Chief Governor Blacksnake, U.S. Navy Commodore Matthew C. Perry, and artist Alfred Waud. The exhibition is curated by Portrait Gallery Senior Curator of Photographs, Ann Shumard.
Image below: P.T. Barnum and General Tom Thumb / Attribution: Samuel Root (1819 - 1889) / Attribution: Marcus Aurelius Root (1808 - 1888) / c. 1850, Half-plate daguerreotype
The National Portrait Gallery is exhibiting One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey, thru May 19, 2019. It was a pivotal year when many stunning national and world events took place. It was also the year that the National Portrait Gallery opened. Some thirty portraits mark the year when the Vietnam War reached a turning point, the Civil Rights Act was signed into law, and television sets displayed everything from the Olympic Games to the first manned orbit of the moon. The exhibition features representations of Martin Luther King Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard M. Nixon, along with portraits of cultural figures such as Peggy Fleming, Arthur Ashe, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin. Other significant personalities pictured include the Apollo 8 astronauts. The exhibition is curated by Portrait Gallery Historian James Barber.
Image below: Lyndon B. Johnson by Guy Rowe, Acrylic on plaster - Credit National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Time magazine