DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents:
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SIPGPR_201015_01.JPG: Dwight D. Eisenhower, 1890-1969
Thomas E. Stephens, 1955
Lent by the Dwight D. Eisenhower Presidential Library and Museum
SIPGPR_201015_22.JPG: Ronald Reagan, 1911-2004
Fortieth president, 1981–1989
The ascension of Ronald Reagan, a former actor and governor of California, marked the revitalization of the conservative western wing of the Republican party that many thought had died with the defeat of Barry Goldwater in 1964. As president, he challenged many of the liberal programs that had dominated the federal government since the New Deal, and throughout his presidency, he strove to cut the size of government. Reagan unapologetically reduced social welfare programs and encouraged a conservative social ethic regarding the role of religion in public life and reproductive rights, but his conservative stance led him to largely ignore the AIDS crisis. Finally, in foreign policy, Reagan guided the United States through the end of the Cold War. When he left office in 1989, the Soviet Union was already falling apart, but it did not officially break up until two years later.
Everett Raymond Kinstler, 1991
SIPGPR_201015_45.JPG: Franklin D. Roosevelt, 1882-1945
Born Hyde Park, New York
Artist Herman Perlman was born in Poland and lived in Russia until 1914, when his family immigrated to Columbus, Ohio. In 1924, he moved to Washington, D.C., and studied art at the Maryland Institute College of Art in nearby Baltimore. When he created this likeness, Perlman had already been drawing portraits, particularly caricatures, for nearly ten years. Here, he depicts the president as a debonair yet slightly self-satisfied figure, emphasizing his patrician background. Perlman often made caricatures for the Washington Post. When the paper periodically laid him off during the Depression, he took side jobs for theaters and other organizations. Perlman drew caricatures of many public figures, including Andrew Mellon, Will Rogers, Herbert Hoover, and Dean Acheson. His subjects were rarely offended by his clever likenesses. In fact, many autographed the original drawings, just as Roosevelt signed this portrait.
Herman Perlman, 1935
SIPGPR_201015_49.JPG: Franklin Delano Roosevelt at Yalta
Despite his failing health leading up to 1945, Franklin Delano Roosevelt was determined to end the Second World War. After he was elected to an unprecedented fourth term in 1944, Roosevelt threw himself into discussions with British Prime Minister Winston Churchill and Soviet Premier Joseph Stalin. He met them in Yalta, Soviet Crimea, where they negotiated the division of Germany, the governance of liberated Europe, and aid from the U.S.S.R. on the Pacific front. The conference resulted in the re-mapping of Poland's borders. Free elections in Poland became a condition of the conference -- but Stalin immediately defaulted. Though Roosevelt expressed his outrage over the betrayal, he never made it to the follow-up conference that would have addressed Stalin's duplicity. Roosevelt died of a cerebral hemorrhage on April 12, just weeks before the allies would reconvene and mere months before the war's end.
Samariy Gurariy, 1945
SIPGPR_201114_01.JPG: The Obama portrait was covered with protective glass.
SIPGPR_201114_20.JPG: Before the Obama portrait was covered with glass, there was a guard who stood next to it the entire time the museum was open.
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Description of Subject Matter: 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. Visitors will see an enhanced and extended display of multiple images of 42 presidents of the United States, including Gilbert Stuart’s “Lansdowne” portrait of George Washington, the famous “cracked plate” photograph of Abraham Lincoln and whimsical sculptures of Presidents Lyndon Johnson, Jimmy Carter, Richard Nixon and George H. W. Bush by noted caricaturist Pat Oliphant. Presidents Washington, Andrew Jackson, Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt and Franklin D. Roosevelt will be given expanded attention because of their significant impact on the office. Presidents from FDR to Bill Clinton are featured in a video component of the exhibit.
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