The National Portrait Gallery will exhibit Portraits of the World: Denmark, December 13-October 12, 2020. The installation will be part of the gallery’s international portrait series and will highlight Danish artist Michael Ancher's "Kunstdommere." The group portrait features four of Denmark's most significant cultural figures, several of whom contributed to the Modern Breakthroughthat transformed Danish art and literature during the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries.
NPG will display works from the collection “to develop further the theme of artistic communities as incubators of modernism. The art-judging theme ofKunstdommere ties in with the gallery’s triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, the exhibition of which is on display in an adjacent gallery.”
Image below: Michael Anche “Kunstdommere” (Art Judges), 1906, oil on canvas, The Danish Museum ofNational History, Hillerød, Denmark
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery has announced the winners of the fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition, and their works are on display thru August 30, 2020. A major exhibition, the display features artists living and working in the U.S. Artists are invited to submit one of their recent portraits in a variety of media to a panel of experts chosen by the museum. The first-prize winner, Hugo Crosthwaite, will receive a cash award of $25,000 and a commission to create a portrait of a living person for the museum’s permanent collection. Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery, has commented that “The selected artworks attest to the relevance of portraiture today as a powerful affirmation of the human experience.”
Image below: A Portrait of Berenice Sarmiento Chávez byHugo Crosthwaite,stop-motion drawing animation (3:12 min), 2018. Collection of the artist, courtesy of Luis De Jesus LosAngeles Visit https://npg.si.edu/
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 is exhibiting One Life: Marian Anderson thruMay 17, 2020. The exhibition "shifts the attention from Anderson’s historic 1939 performance on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to underexplored moments in her career. The exhibition examines the ways artists, concert promoters, and others wielded her iconic likeness as a powerful symbol in the pursuit of civil rights. The paintings, photographs, personal effects, and archival materials provide a more nuanced understanding of how Anderson’s many roles, as singer, diplomat, and muse, helped shatter segregationist policies on and off the stage."
The National Portrait Gallery is displaying an exhibition titled In Mid-Sentence, thru March 29, 2020.The exhibition presents 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 provides “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 is exhibiting Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits, thru 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.