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1997_DC_SIPG_Bldg2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
1999_DC_SIPG_Bldg2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
2005_DC_SIPG_Bldg2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
2006_DC_SIPG_Bldg73DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
Pictures taken before July 2006 were of the outside of the building as they got it ready for its opening. They include some nighttime shots during pre-opening receptions. The building opened on July 1, 2006 so the pictures from that day forward include indoor shots.
2008_DC_SIPG_Bldg64DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
2009_DC_SIPG_Bldg50DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
Including the portrait gallery's recent acquisitions section which is being repainted.
2010_DC_SIPG_Bldg27DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
Various visits:
(100128) They're setting up the Struggle for Justice exhibit.
(100131) I loved the patterns in the snow on the roof of the Kogod Courtyard.
(100213) There had been a painting bumped of its hanger in the morning which caused a crisis. After careful inspection and calls to the...
2011_DC_SIPG_Bldg21DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
Including cracks after the earthquake.
2012_DC_SIPG_Bldg28DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
2013_DC_SIPG_Bldg29DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
Various things including a new Calder being installed outside the building and redoing the main store.
2014_DC_SIPG_Bldg29DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
Including snow on courtyard.
2015_DC_SIPG_Bldg41DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
2016_DC_SIPG_Bldg124DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
Including the trees in the courtyard being replaced and the Jonathan Borofky sculpture installed outside the building.
2017_DC_SIPG_Bldg24DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
Including the holiday courtyard decortations at night (which remind me of the images of Melania's White House decorations) as well as a visit by Gareth Hinds, Alison Morris, and Alexis and Kristen Frederick-Frost.
2018_DC_SIPG_Bldg26DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
2019_01_18B3_SIPG_Bldg11DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building
Closed signs during the Trump Shutdown. (Partially reviewed)
2018_DC_SIPG_Vaquero_Move33DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building -- Vaquero statue reinstall
They reinstalled the statue. I was covering the Washington Ballet event during the actual move but there's during and after here.
2007_DC_SIPG_Bldg64DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Building (incl Kogod courtyard)
The Kogod courtyard opened on 11/18/2007. Pictures here include that day as well as on 11/20/2007, the first public day where the water was running in the Kogod courtyard. This provides a shallow pool of water that people can walk across.
2006_DC_SIPG_Painting159DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2007_DC_SIPG_Painting34DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2008_DC_SIPG_Painting120DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2009_DC_SIPG_Painting108DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2010_DC_SIPG_Painting13DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2011_DC_SIPG_Painting78DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2012_DC_SIPG_Painting23DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2013_DC_SIPG_Painting146DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2014_DC_SIPG_Painting89DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2016_DC_SIPG_Painting11DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2017_DC_SIPG_Painting4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings
2019_04_24D2_SIPG_Painting82DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Paintings (Partially reviewed)
2006_DC_SIPG_Portrait73DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
I've photographed pretty much the entire portrait exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2007_DC_SIPG_Portrait27DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
I've photographed pretty much the entire portrait exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2008_DC_SIPG_Portrait31DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
I've photographed pretty much the entire portrait exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2009_DC_SIPG_Portrait500DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
I've photographed pretty much the entire portrait exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2010_DC_SIPG_Portrait54DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
I've photographed pretty much the entire portrait exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2011_DC_SIPG_Portrait60DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
I've photographed pretty much the entire portrait exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2012_DC_SIPG_Portrait135DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
I've photographed pretty much the entire portrait exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2013_DC_SIPG_Portrait38DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
I've photographed pretty much the entire portrait exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2014_DC_SIPG_Portrait96DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
I've photographed pretty much the entire portrait exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2015_DC_SIPG_Portrait56DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
Including the Obama 3-D portrait as well as Sylvia Rivera, the gallery's first transgender portrait.
2016_DC_SIPG_Portrait127DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
2017_DC_SIPG_Portrait16DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
2018_DC_SIPG_Portrait25DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits
2014_DC_SIPG_Radio_Talent68DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Portraits -- Detail: Miguel Covarrubias’s "Radio Talent"
Radio Talent:
Miguel Covarrubias’s 1938 caricature, Radio Talent, depicted a cloud of popular celebrities who came to fame during the heyday of American radio broadcasting. At the depths of the Depression, radio’s two major networks—NBC and CBS—provided a cultural glue that helped bind the country...
1997_DC_SIPG_Sculpture3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
2006_DC_SIPG_Sculpture66DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
2007_DC_SIPG_Sculpture46DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
2008_DC_SIPG_Sculpture88DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
2009_DC_SIPG_Sculpture93DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
2010_DC_SIPG_Sculpture78DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
Mostly sculpture by Paul Manship
2011_DC_SIPG_Sculpture15DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
The license plate piece is back!
2012_DC_SIPG_Sculpture61DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
Including The Museum sculpture.
2013_DC_SIPG_Sculpture84DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
2014_DC_SIPG_Sculpture26DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
2015_DC_SIPG_Sculpture6DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
2016_DC_SIPG_Sculpture24DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture
The Martin Puryear piece that was the centerpiece of the previous Puryear exhibit has been moved into the modern art section.
2019_04_24D3_SIPG_Sculpture37DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- Sculpture (Partially reviewed)
2006_DC_SIPG_Vw2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- View from terrace
2007_DC_SIPG_Vw4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- View from terrace
2009_DC_SIPG_Vw9DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- View from terrace
2016_DC_SIPG_Vw22DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center -- View from terrace
2008_DC_SIPG_Scholars5DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: 2008 Presidential Scholars in the Arts
2008 Presidential Scholars in the Arts: Works in the Literary and Visual Arts (special installation)
June 22 through July 13

The United States Presidential Scholars Program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished graduating high school seniors. The...
2011_DC_SIPG_Scholars4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: 2011 Presidential Scholars in the Arts
2015_DC_SIPG_Obama3D11DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: 3-D Portrait of President Obama
3-D Portrait of President Obama
February 13, 2015 – February 16, 2015
In 2014, President Barack Obama became the first President to be scanned using 3-D technology. Data from the scan were used to create his portraits, and a 3-D printed bust will be on view for Presidents Day weekend Friday, Feb. 13,...
2012_DC_SIPG_Will_Of16DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic
A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of Achievement in the Early Republic
April 20, 2012 – September 2, 2013
Judith Murray (c. 1769) by John Singleton Copley and seven additional portraits of prominent American women from the late 18th century are on view to showcase both the important...
2006_DC_SIPG_Pres35DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
Including the long-gone Bill Clinton portrait. This one had attracted flak from the anti-Clinton folks because he didn't have a wedding ring which they claimed was a comment on him being a philandering. It turned out that men never had portraits done wearing jewelry -- the last portrait with a wedding...
2007_DC_SIPG_Pres5DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
I've photographed almost the entire America's Presidents exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2008_DC_SIPG_Pres13DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
Including the new W Bush portrait.
I've photographed almost the entire America's Presidents exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2009_DC_SIPG_Pres220DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
Pictures here include the newly unveiled Shepard Fairey iconic "Hope" image. Made of a composite of materials, it was only up temporarily and then they got to work trying to figure out how to conserve it.
Also here is the new Bill Clinton portrait, this time with a wedding ring!

I've photographed...
2010_DC_SIPG_Pres11DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
Including yet another Bill Clinton portrait, this one by Chuck Close. They definitely have trouble getting a decent one of this guy!
I've photographed almost the entire America's Presidents exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2011_DC_SIPG_Pres29DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
I've photographed almost the entire America's Presidents exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2012_DC_SIPG_Pres11DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
I've photographed almost the entire America's Presidents exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2013_DC_SIPG_Pres20DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
Including the temporary Obama portrait from Chuck Close.
I've photographed almost the entire America's Presidents exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2014_DC_SIPG_Pres26DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
I've photographed almost the entire America's Presidents exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2015_DC_SIPG_Pres26DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
I've photographed almost the entire America's Presidents exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2016_DC_SIPG_Pres51DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
Including the swapped George Washington portrait.
2017_DC_SIPG_Pres74DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
The presidential galleries reopened after an overhaul in September 2017. Some portraits were swapped in or out, presidents were numbered (with Grover Cleveland requiring two numbers because of his non-consecutive terms), and signs describing eras of presidents were added.
2018_DC_SIPG_Pres57DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
Former President Barack Obama by Artist Kehinde Wiley
On February 13, 2018, the official portraits of the 44th President, Barack Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama were installed in America’s Presidents and Recent Acquisitions, respectively.
Barack Obama made history in 2009 by becoming the first...
2019_DC_SIPG_Pres4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents
The commemorative border around the Bush portrait is gone after the 30-day mourning period.
2018_DC_SIPG_Pres_Obamas55DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents -- Lines for Barack and Michelle Obama
Visitor traffic in the Donald Reynolds Center (Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Portrait Gallery) has been huge!
In 2017, DRC was the 7th most popular Smithsonian museum at 1.3 million visitors:
#1 = National Air and Space Museum[7m],
#2 = National Museum of Natural History [6m],
#3 =...
2017_DC_SIPG_Temp_Pres60DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: America's Presidents Temporary Installation (incl Hindsight is Always 20/20)
America's Presidents Temporary Installation
March 24, 2017 – September 4, 2017
While the regular gallery space is being refurbished and updated, America’s Presidents will be temporarily installed in the west gallery on the second floor. The exhibition will move back into the newly refreshed gallery...
2017_DC_SIPG_Ante_Brady26DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Antebellum Portraits by Mathew Brady
Antebellum Portraits by Mathew Brady
June 16, 2017 – June 3, 2018
Mathew Brady may be best known today for his Civil War–era photographs, but he established his reputation as an internationally acclaimed portrait photographer more than a decade before the war. Brady opened his first daguerreotype...
2008_DC_SIPG_Bally35DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Ballyhoo!
What could be less subtle than the pictorial poster, blaring out its message with large scale, loud colors, and bold graphics? As the circus term “ballyhoo” suggests, boisterous hucksterism underlies the poster’s message and its roguish appeal. We are used to decoding the poster as advertising or...
2016_DC_SIPG_Viola80DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait
Bill Viola: The Moving Portrait
November 18, 2016 – May 7, 2017
Video-art pioneer Bill Viola believes that cameras are the keepers of souls. From the moment he first picked up a video camera as an art student in 1970, he was captured by the technology. The exhibition Bill Viola and the Moving Portrait...
2018_DC_SIPG_Black_Out108DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
May 11, 2018 – March 10, 2019
Silhouettes—cut paper profiles—were a hugely popular and democratic form of portraiture in the 19th century, offering virtually instantaneous likenesses of everyone from presidents to those who were enslaved. The exhibition explores...
2006_DC_SIPG_Bravo15DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Bravo!
I've photographed the entire Bravo! exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2009_DC_SIPG_Bravo48DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Bravo!
I've photographed the entire Bravo! exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2014_DC_SIPG_Bravo4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Bravo!
I've photographed the entire Bravo! exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2015_DC_SIPG_Bravo2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Bravo!
They're refurbishing both the Champions and Bravo! exhibit space.
2016_DC_SIPG_Bravo42DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Bravo!
Including the Chuck Jones sculpture that I'd never seen before.
2016_DC_SIPG_Dylan2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Celebrate: Bob Dylan
Celebrate: Bob Dylan
October 17, 2016 – October 30, 2016
The Nobel Prize committee broke with precedent—and recognized those who make it new—by awarding the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature to Bob Dylan. The prize will surprise, and perhaps anger, some. It will delight many. Dylan’s career has been a...
2017_DC_SIPG_Gillespie3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Celebrate: Dizzie Gillespie
Dizzie Gillespie
October 26, 2017 – November 26, 2017
The Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery honors the life and legacy of jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader Dizzy Gillespie on the centennial of his birth.
Gillespie first rose to fame in the 1940s and maintained an influential presence in...
2017_DC_SIPG_Ella2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Celebrate: Ella Fitzgerald
Celebrate: Ella Fitzgerald
April 13, 2017 – May 14, 2017
April 25 marks the 100th birthday of American jazz and popular song vocalist Ella Fitzgerald. The museum is recognizing the anniversary by displaying her photograph by William Gottlieb for the first time in the museum.
The photograph pictures...
2016_DC_SIPG_Peck1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Celebrate: Gregory Peck
Celebrate: Gregory Peck
April 1, 2016 – April 10, 2016
1916 was the year that National Park Service was created and the Boy Scouts of America were incorporated. It was also the year that legendary actor Gregory Peck was born. In honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth, the Portrait Gallery honors...
2017_DC_SIPG_CelebrateJFK6DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Celebrate: John F. Kennedy
Celebrate: John F. Kennedy
May 19, 2017 – July 9, 2017
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery joins the nationwide celebration of the life and legacy of President John F. Kennedy on the centennial of his birth, illuminating his contributions, policies and challenges he feared in the wake of the...
2017_DC_SIPG_50Years44DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Celebrating Fifty Years
Celebrating Fifty Years
August 11, 2017 – January 6, 2019
In 1968, following major renovations, the Old Patent Office Building opened as the permanent home for two Smithsonian museums, the National Collection of Fine Arts (since renamed the Smithsonian American Art Museum) and the National Portrait...
2006_DC_SIPG_Champions4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Champions
I've photographed the entire Champions exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2009_DC_SIPG_Champions52DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Champions
I've photographed the entire Champions exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2015_DC_SIPG_Champions4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Champions
They're refurbishing both the Champions and Bravo! exhibit space.
2016_DC_SIPG_Champions19DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Champions
2006_DC_SIPG_CW21DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
I've photographed almost the entire Civil War exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2007_DC_SIPG_CW7DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
I've photographed almost the entire Civil War exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2008_DC_SIPG_CW4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
I've photographed almost the entire Civil War exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2009_DC_SIPG_CW102DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
I've photographed almost the entire Civil War exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2011_DC_SIPG_CW68DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
I photographed almost the entire Civil War exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2012_DC_SIPG_CW12DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
I've photographed almost the entire Civil War exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2013_DC_SIPG_CW45DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
I've photographed almost the entire Civil War exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2014_DC_SIPG_CW26DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
I've photographed almost the entire Civil War exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2015_DC_SIPG_CW23DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
I've photographed almost the entire Civil War exhibit over time. To see the whole exhibit, you should use ...
2016_DC_SIPG_CW10DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
2018_DC_SIPG_CW4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War
2019_04_24D4_SIPG_CW34DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War (Partially reviewed)
2017_DC_SIPG_CW_Bateman110DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War -- Detail: Horatio Bateman's "Reconstruction"
Print shows a grand allegory of the reconciliation of North and South through the federal program of Reconstruction. Visionary in its breadth and scale, the work is a remarkable combination of religious and patriotic ideology. In "Bateman's National Picture" (as the print is termed in a published key)...
2009_DC_SIPG_CW_GGen24DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War -- Detail: OIe Peter Hansen Balling's "Grant and His Generals"
2011_DC_SIPG_CW_15th16DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Civil War -- Detail: "Fifteenth Amendment"
2009_DC_SIPG_Coins17DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Coins
2018_DC_SIPG_5Decades21DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting
Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting
June 15, 2018 – 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. Included are portraits of such iconic figures as...
2016_DC_SIPG_Double_Take20DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Double Take: Daguerreian Portrait Pairs
Double Take: Daguerreian Portrait Pairs
June 17, 2016 – June 4, 2017
Often we associate one image with a person from history especially in a museum setting. This show highlights the depth of the National Portrait Gallery’s early photography collection, featuring fourteen historic daguerreotypes—two...
2016_DC_SIPG_Eye_Pop64DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze
Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze
May 22, 2015 – July 10, 2016
Brad Pitt, Oprah Winfrey, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Peter Dinklage, Eminem, Michelle Obama, Sonia Sotomayor, Eva Longoria, Serena Williams, Kobe Bryant, are some of the people featured in Eye Pop: The Celebrity Gaze. This exhibition features...
2018_DC_SIPG_Eye2I88DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today
November 4, 2018 – August 18, 2019
Drawing from the National Portrait Gallery’s vast collection of self-portraits, this exhibition explores and thinks critically about how American artists have chosen to portray themselves over the past two centuries....
2018_DC_SIPG_Discord_AJ21DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Faces of Discord -- Andrew Johnson
2013_DC_SIPG_Discord_Bound35DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Faces of Discord -- Bound For Freedom's Light
Bound for Freedoms Light: African Americans and the Civil War
February 1, 2013, through March 2, 2014
To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, the National Portrait Gallery will present “Bound for Freedom’s Light: African Americans and the Civil War.” This installation...
2012_DC_SIPG_Discord_Volck35DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Faces of Discord -- Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck
The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck
March 30, 2012 through January 21, 2013
The Confederate Sketches of Adalbert Volck is the second in our series of exhibitions marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Having emigrated to the United States in 1848 after Germany’s failed revolution,...
2011_DC_SIPG_Discord_Ells39DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Faces of Discord -- Death of Ellsworth
150th Commemoration of the Civil War: The Death of Ellsworth
April 29, 2011 – March 18, 2012
On the site of a former Civil War hospital, the National Portrait Gallery marks the 150th anniversary of the war through a series of four alcove exhibitions—one each year—commemorating this period of American...
2014_DC_SIPG_Discord_Group24DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Faces of Discord -- Group Portraits
2016_DC_SIPG_Discord_Slaves39DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Faces of Discord -- Slavery
2013_DC_SIPG_Supremes5DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Four Female Supreme Court Justices
Four Female Supreme Court Justices
October 29, 2013 – October 16, 2016
On view is a life-size portrait by Nelson Shanks of the four female Supreme Court justices: Sandra Day O'Connor, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Sonia Sotomayor, and Elena Kagan.
2015_DC_SIPG_Token23DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: From Token to Ornament: Indian Peace Medals and the McKenney-Hall Portraits
From Token to Ornament: Indian Peace Medals and the McKenney-Hall Portraits
June 19, 2015 – June 5, 2016
Beginning with George Washington’s administration, presidential portrait medals were created to promote peace and friendship between Euro-Americans and Native Americans. Made in multiple sizes at...
2018_DC_SIPG_Lacks6DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Henrietta Lacks
Henrietta Lacks
May 15, 2018 – November 4, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life of Henrietta Lacks with the installation of a 2017 portrait by Kadir Nelson. It was jointly acquired by the National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African...
2008_DC_SIPG_Herblock10DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Herblock
Coinciding with the nation's election of its forty-fourth president, this exhibition contains Herbert Block's original drawings of presidential cartoons from Franklin Roosevelt through Bill Clinton. Although respectful of the office, Block insisted that no president was "above caricature or comment."...
2016_DC_SIPG_CelebrityC31DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Hollywood and Time: Celebrity Covers
Hollywood and Time: Celebrity Covers
April 1, 2016 – September 11, 2016
Hollywood personalities who once graced theater marquees across America are featured in original cover art commissioned by Time magazine. Included are vintage portraits of stars like Dustin Hoffman, Elizabeth Taylor, Marlon...
2016_DC_SIPG_Palmer2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Arnold Palmer
In Memoriam: Arnold Palmer
September 26, 2016 – October 30, 2016
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of professional golfer Arnold Palmer with an oil painting by Paul Burns.
With his thrilling brand of “go for broke” play and his charismatic appeal,...
2018_DC_SIPG_BBush3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Barbara Bush
In Memoriam: Barbara Bush
April 18, 2018 – April 29, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life of Barbara Bush with a photograph by Diana Walker taken in 1989.
Admired for her candor and down-to-earth approach to public life, Bush enjoyed considerable popularity as the...
2017_DC_SIPG_Berry6DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Chuck Berry
In Memoriam: Chuck Berry
March 21, 2017 – April 9, 2017
The National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of rock ’n’ roll legend Chuck Berry with a collage by Red Grooms (1978), currently installed in the museum’s In Memoriam space on the first floor.
An inaugural inductee of the...
2015_DC_SIPG_Carlin1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: George Carlin
George Carlin
March 27, 2015 – July 5, 2015
Our “Recognize” wall seeks to commemorate Americans who have influenced politics, history, and culture. The public voted to honor comedian George Carlin for the Portrait Gallery’s most recent Recognize selection.
2018_DC_SIPG_Bush81DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: George Herbert Walker Bush
In Memoriam: George Herbert Walker Bush
December 1, 2018 – January 1, 2019
In memory of George Herbert Walker Bush, the National Portrait Gallery has added a drape to his portrait in the America's Presidents gallery. Visitors may pay their respects and record their thoughts in a journal next to the...
2017_DC_SIPG_Hefner3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Hugh Hefner
2019_05_25F2_SIPG_Pei4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: I. M. Pei
In Memoriam: I. M. Pei
May 17, 2019 – June 16, 2019
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and legacy of acclaimed architect I.M. Pei with a photograph by Armenian Canadian photographer Yousuf Karsh.
Born in Canton (now Guangzhou), China, in 1917, Pei was considered one of... (Partially reviewed)
2018_DC_SIPG_King3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Martin Luther King Jr.
Martin Luther King Jr.
April 4, 2018 – April 30, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery celebrates the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by displaying his likeness by Jack Lewis Hiller. Under King’s inspired leadership, nonviolent protest became the defining feature of the modern...
2018_DC_SIPG_Krim3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Mathilde Krim
In Memoriam: Mathilde Krim
January 22, 2018 – TBA
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of AIDS research pioneer Dr. Mathilde Krim with a photograph by Annie Leibovitz. In Leibovitz’s bust-length photo taken in 1998, Krim wears a looped AIDS-awareness pin...
2014_DC_SIPG_Angelou2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Maya Angelou
In Memoriam: Maya Angelou
May 29, 2014 – June 12, 2014
In memory of writer, poet, and activist Maya Angelou (1928-1914), on view is a portrait of her painted by Ross Rossin and unveiled in a ceremony Angelou attended in April 2014. Angelou wrote a series of seven autobiographical novels that are an...
2014_DC_SIPG_Rooney1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Mickey Rooney
In Memoriam: Mickey Rooney
April 9, 2014 – May 28, 2014
On view is a portrait of actor Mickey Rooney (1920-2014) with frequent costar Judy Garland. Born into a vaudeville family, Rooney took the stage as a toddler and began making movies at age five. Over the course of a 10-decade career, he made more...
2016_DC_SIPG_Ali5DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Muhammad Ali
In Memoriam: Muhammad Ali
June 6, 2016 – July 6, 2016
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of “The Greatest”—Muhammad Ali—with a photograph by Yousuf Karsh. The image, taken in 1970, is installed in the museum’s In Memoriam space. The Portrait Gallery has...
2016_DC_SIPG_Reagan1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Nancy Reagan
In Memoriam: Nancy Reagan
March 7, 2016 – March 28, 2016
A graduate of Smith College, Nancy Davis appeared in eleven movies, including Night into Morning (1951) and Hellcats of the Navy (1957), the only film she made with Ronald Reagan.
Ronald and Nancy met in 1949 and married in 1952. The Reagans...
2012_DC_SIPG_Armstrong1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Neil Armstrong
In Memoriam: Neil Armstrong
August 30, 2012 – November 4, 2012
A portrait of astronaut Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) by Louis Glanszman is on view. Armstrong stepped onto the surface of the moon on July 21, 1969, and said "That's one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind."
2018_DC_SIPG_Shange2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Ntozake Shange
2014_DC_SIPG_Seeger1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Pete Seeger
In Memoriam: Pete Seeger
January 28, 2014 – March 3, 2014
On view is a photograph of American musician and social activist Pete Seeger (1919-2014) taken by Sid Grossman in the late 1940s. Seeger recorded more than 100 albums during his career, which spanned labor rallies in the 1930s and 1940s,...
2016_DC_SIPG_Prince14DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Prince
In Memoriam: Prince
April 22, 2016 – May 31, 2016
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of Prince Nelson with a photograph by Lynn Goldsmith. The image was taken in 1993.
Prince’s music fused soul and rock ’n’ roll with incandescent showmanship and...
2018_DC_SIPG_Graham3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Reverend Billy Graham
In Memoriam: Reverend Billy Graham
February 22, 2018 – March 25, 2018
The National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and accomplishments of Rev. Billy Graham with a photograph by Yousuf Karsh taken in 1972. Evangelical Protestantism has been a major religious movement, as well as a social and...
2014_DC_SIPG_Williams1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Robin Williams
In Memoriam: Robin Williams
August 12, 2014 – September 9, 2014 (new closing date)
A photograph of Robin Williams (1951-2014), taken for Time magazine by Michael Dressler in 1979, is on view. Williams was a madcap genius in performances of all types of entertainment, from stand-up to feature films....
2018_DC_SIPG_McCain7DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Senator John S. McCain III
In Memoriam: Senator John S. McCain III
August 27, 2018 – September 9, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery recognizes the life and legacy of late Senator and former presidential nominee John S. McCain III with a photograph by the British-born photographer Steve Pyke.
McCain, who was born...
2011_DC_SIPG_Jobs1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs Portrait
October 12, 2011 – March 1, 2012
A portrait of Apple co-founder Steve Jobs (1955-2011) by photographer Diana Walker is on view.
2018_DC_SIPG_Wolfe3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memoriam: Tom Wolfe
2016_DC_SIPG_Glenn2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Memorium: John Glenn
Portrait of John Glenn now on view
In memory of the life and accomplishments of John Glenn, the National Portrait Gallery has put on view one of our eight pieces depicting the American icon. View Glenn's portrait on the first floor of the museum in the "In Memoriam" space.
The 1988 portrait by Henry...
2019_05_07G_SIPG_Sentence65DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In Mid-Sentence
In Mid-Sentence
May 3, 2019 – March 29, 2020
Photographs are often replete with words that remain unheard. In Mid-Sentence presents a selection of photographs from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s collection that depict moments of communication: intimate confessions, public speeches,... (Partially reviewed)
2016_DC_SIPG_Groove34DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard
In the Groove: Jazz Portraits by Herman Leonard
August 5, 2016 – February 20, 2017
Enthralled by the music and those who made it, Herman Leonard (1923–2010) began haunting the New York’s jazz clubs after opening his first studio in Greenwich Village in 1948. Armed with his Speed Graphic camera,...
2009_DC_SIPG_Jo_Davidson18DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Jo Davidson: Biographer in Bronze
2016_DC_SIPG_Jo_Davidson29DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Jo Davidson: Biographer in Bronze
2019_04_24D1_SIPG_Packard7DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Julie Packard
Julie Packard
April 23, 2019 – November 30, 2019
On display is a newly commissioned painting of Julie Packard, a leading figure in science and ocean conservation and the executive director of the Monterey Bay Aquarium. The vividly colored portrait, by New York City-based artist Hope Gangloff, is one... (Partially reviewed)
2012_DC_SIPG_Low7DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Juliette Gordon Low and the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts
Juliette Gordon Low and the 100th Anniversary of Girl Scouts
January 13, 2012 – January 6, 2013
The iconic painting of Juliet Gordon Low, a patent award, a membership pin, and photographs of Low when she commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Girl Scouts are on view. Low founded the American Girl...
2007_DC_SIPG_Motto4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Let Your Motto Be Resistance
Let Your Motto Be Resistance: African American Portraits
October 19, 2007 – March 2, 2008
The inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of African American History and Culture draws its name from the words of abolitionist and clergyman Henry Highland Garnet who advocated action when speaking to a...
2016_DC_SIPG_Contemporaries23DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Lincoln's Contemporaries
Lincoln's Contemporaries
May 13, 2016 – May 12, 2019
Who were Abraham Lincoln’s contemporaries? They included many fascinating people beyond the politicians and military leaders of the Civil War. This exhibition features Mathew Brady’s portraits of twenty celebrities—from showman P.T. Barnum and...
2017_DC_SIPG_Dietrich53DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image
Marlene Dietrich: Dressed for the Image
June 16, 2017 – April 15, 2018
Marlene Dietrich brought androgyny to the silver screen through her roles in such movies as Morocco (1930) and Seven Sinners (1940). The biggest Hollywood star at a time when “talkies” were still new, Dietrich captured men’s hearts...
2012_DC_SIPG_CW_Union21DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Mathew Brady's Photographs of Union Generals
Mathew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals
March 30, 2012 - May 8, 2016
Mathew Brady’s Photographs of Union Generals is a part of the Portrait Gallery's series of exhibitions marking the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Although Brady may be best known for his photographic documentation of the...
2013_DC_SIPG_Meade22DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Meade Brothers
Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography:
June 14, 2013 - June 1, 2014
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will open “The Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography,” an exhibition showcasing the lives and careers of 19th-century studio photographers Charles R. Meade and Henry...
2013_DC_SIPG_MrLW57DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Mr. Lincoln's Washington: A Civil War Portfolio
Mr. Lincoln's Washington: A Civil War Portfolio
December 13, 2013 – January 25, 2015
Large-format reproductions of original photographs, prints, drawings, and maps document how the Civil War affected patterns of life in the District of Columbia, especially the area around the Patent Office Building,...
2016_DC_SIPG_Babe32DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: One Life: Babe Ruth
One Life: Babe Ruth
June 24, 2016 – May 21, 2017
This American baseball legend was an icon and media sensation. Before the commercialization of sports superstars became commonplace, Ruth’s name and image fueled a marketing frenzy. His memorable persona is highlighted in a selection of historic prints,...
2016_DC_SIPG_Huerta21DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: One Life: Dolores Huerta
One Life: Dolores Huerta
July 3, 2015 – May 15, 2016
One Life: Dolores Huerta highlights the significant role of this Latina leader in the California farm workers movement of the 1960s and 70s. This eleventh installment in the “One Life” series is the first devoted to a Latina. It illuminates Huerta...
2008_DC_SIPG_1Life2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: One Life: Mask of Lincoln
Since no photography is allowed within the exhibit, most of these photos are of the lines outside the exhibit room waiting to get in.
2017_DC_SIPG_Plath62DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: One Life: Sylvia Plath
One Life: Sylvia Plath
June 30, 2017 – May 20, 2018

One Life: Sylvia Plath is the first exploration of the poet and writer’s life in an art and history museum. The exhibition reveals how Plath shaped her identity visually as she came of age as a writer in the 1950s. Visitors will get a look into...
2018_DC_SIPG_Yr196834DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey
June 29, 2018 – May 19, 2019
As part of a series of installations celebrating its golden anniversary, the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery presents One Year: 1968, An American Odyssey, a one-room exhibition that looks back at an extraordinarily important and...
2006_DC_SIPG_Boochever23DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (2006)
2009_DC_SIPG_Boochever55DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (2009)
These are pictures from the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition.

Every day we are inundated with faces. Images of celebrities, acquaintances, and friends -- in the news, on social networking sites, on the street -- are constantly changing. Portraits, on the other hand, slow us down. They capture...
2016_DC_SIPG_Boochever80DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (2016)
The Outwin 2016: American Portraiture Today
March 12, 2016 – January 8, 2017
This exhibition features 43 pieces including sculptures, mixed-media pieces, photographs, paintings and drawings. The jurors considered this exhibition a synopsis of historical and cultural events that have unfolded in the...
2012_DC_SIPG_Waters2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Portrait of Alice Waters
Portrait of Alice Waters
January 21, 2012 – November 30, 2012
A photographic portrait of chef Alice Waters, founder of the restaurant Chez Panisse and the Edible Schoolyard and champion of the Slow Food Movement, is on view. The portrait was commissioned by the museum from Dave Woody, winner of the...
2014_DC_SIPG_Katy2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Portrait of Cupcake Katy
Cupcake Katy
June 18, 2014 – July 6, 2014
“Cupcake Katy” features Perry wearing a dress designed by New York academic portrait painter Will Cotton and constructed by designer Cynthia Rowley. In her portrait, Perry reigns over the teenage consumer culture she has so successfully navigated. Perry was...
2017_DC_SIPG_Trump3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Portrait of Donald J. Trump
Portrait of Donald J. Trump
January 13, 2017 – February 26, 2017
A photo portrait of President-elect Donald J. Trump will go on display at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery Jan. 13, 2017, and remain on view throughout the inauguration festivities.The photograph, taken in 1989 by photographer...
2016_DC_SIPG_Spacey9DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Portrait of Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood
Kevin Spacey as President Francis J. Underwood
February 24, 2016 – October 10, 2016
The Portrait Gallery unveiled a new portrait of Kevin Spacey as his Golden Globe-winning character Frank Underwood from the Netflix original series, House of Cards. The monumental painting, which measures six feet by...
2008_DC_SIPG_Colbert12DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Portrait of Stephen Colbert
Colbert Portrait Hangs at Smithsonian
Jan. 17, 2008, 12:44 AM EST

Stephen Colbert was denied when he tried to run for president this year in South Carolina. Now the fake TV pundit is getting some love from the city of his birth.

His portrait was hung Wednesday at the Smithsonian Institution's...
2014_DC_SIPG_Colbert6DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Portrait of Stephen Colbert
Portrait of Stephen Colbert
December 20, 2014 – April 20, 2015
In recognition of the end of Stephen Colbert’s decade-long persona for Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report, the museum has borrowed Colbert’s portrait, which was created for the final season of the show.
In 2008, Colbert contacted the...
2007_DC_SIPG_SDay1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Portraits of Sandra Day O'Connor
Portraits of Sandra Day O'Connor
March 30, 2007 – October 8, 2007
In October 2006, Justice Sandra Day O'Connor -- the first female associate justice on the Supreme Court of the United States (1981-2006) -- sat for two 3-hour sessions with artists from The Painting Group, a New York-based group of 25...
2018_DC_SIPG_Korea26DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Portraits of the World: Korea
Portraits of the World: Korea
December 14, 2018 – November 17, 2019
Pioneering feminist artist Yun Suk Nam (born 1939) uses portraiture to gain insights into the lives of women, past and present. A wood assemblage portrait of her mother is the centerpiece of this exhibition, which includes portraits...
2017_DC_SIPG_Switzerland18DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Portraits of the World: Switzerland
Portraits of the World: Switzerland
December 15, 2017 – November 12, 2018
Portraits of the World: Switzerland is the inaugural exhibition of a series that will highlight the global context of American portraiture. Each year, the National Portrait Gallery will showcase a portrait created by an...
2006_DC_SIPG_ColdWar11DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Presidency and the Cold War
The Presidency and the Cold War
July 1, 2006 – February 24, 2008
This gallery is devoted to exhibitions on presidential themes with the first theme focusing on The Presidency and the Cold War. This exhibition explores how U.S. presidents shaped or reacted to the events of the Cold War, beginning at...
2009_DC_SIPG_Recent12DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (2009)
New Arrivals
January 30, 2009 – November 14, 2010
The recently acquired works displayed in this installation span more than two centuries of American history and culture. The breadth of works includes paintings of 19th-century statesman Daniel Webster by George Linen; a self-portrait by William...
2010_DC_SIPG_Recent29DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (2010)
Recent Acquisitions
November 19, 2010 – November 13, 2011
This exhibition of some 35 objects that have recently been added to the museum's collection spans centuries of American history and culture. The installation highlights a diverse group of journalists, artists, and leaders who have shaped the...
2011_DC_SIPG_Recent42DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (2011)
Recent Acquisitions
November 18, 2011 – November 4, 2012
On view are approximately 40 new works of art acquired by the museum from 2007 to 2011, including caricatures of Beverly Sills and Earl “Fatha” Hines by Al Hirschfeld, photographs of former first ladies Nancy Reagan and Barbara Bush by Diana...
2012_DC_SIPG_Recent15DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (2012)
Recent Acquisitions
November 9, 2012 – October 27, 2013
On view are works recently aquired by the museum, including paintings of Henry Louis Gates Jr. and Adolph Ochs; a bronze of Ethel Waters; photographs of Marjorie Merriweather Post, Mary Pickford, and Muhammad Ali; and prints of George Washington...
2014_DC_SIPG_Recent24DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (2014)
Recent Acquisitions
November 7, 2014 – November 1, 2015
New additions to the Portrait Gallery’s collection are installed in the hall leading from the G Street museum entrance to the permanent collection exhibition American Origins. The pieces include paintings of Ted Turner, Maya Angelou, Marvin...
2015_DC_SIPG_Recent34DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (2015)
Recent Acquisitions
November 6, 2015 – October 30, 2016
From Frederick Douglass, Bob Hope, Charlayne Hunter-Gault and Aretha Franklin to Rita Moreno, Matilde Krim, Hank Aaron, Willie Nelson, and Rubén Blades, this annual exhibition features 29 objects that tell the story and identity of America...
2016_DC_SIPG_Recent34DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (2016)
2017_DC_SIPG_Recent37DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (2017)
Recent Acquisitions
November 17, 2017 - November 4, 2018
The annual exhibition “Recent Acquisitions” displays the latest portraits to enter into the museum’s renowned collection. Figures who have made lasting contributions in such areas as medicine, music, literature, art and social justice are...
2018_DC_SIPG_Recent30DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recent Acquisitions (2018)
Recent Acquisitions
November 16, 2018 – November 3, 2019
The Obama portraits by Kehinde Wiley and Amy Sherald were just two of several prized artworks acquired by the National Portrait Gallery during its 50th anniversary. As the Portrait Gallery turns the corner on a new decade of its legacy, the...
2008_DC_SIPG_Recognize5DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recognize!
RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture
February 8, 2008 – October 26, 2008

This exhibition features images of hip hop stars by 7 artists who have explored the hip hop phenomenon. Since its inception in the 1970s, hip hop has been arguably the most influential and popular musical form in...
2018_DC_SIPG_Anthony3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Recognize: Marc Anthony
Recognize
May 3, 2018 – June 3, 2018
In April, the Portrait Gallery invited its followers to cast their votes across the museum’s social media platforms for one of three portraits of celebrities who are turning 50 in 2018 and whose portraits are included in the museum’s permanent collection. The...
2009_DC_SIPG_Reflections75DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Reflections/Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century
Reflections/ Refractions: Self-Portraiture in the Twentieth Century: April 10, 2009 through August 16, 2009:
Louis Lozowick This exhibition of approximately 75 works will probe the complex issues of understanding identity in the past century. Included in the exhibition are self portraits by Edward...
2018_DC_SIPG_RFK2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Remembering Robert F. Kennedy
Remembering Robert F. Kennedy
June 6, 2018 – July 8, 2018
The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery celebrates the life and legacy of Robert (“Bobby”) Kennedy with a portrait created by Roy Lichtenstein in 1968, commissioned for the cover of Time magazine.
After winning the California presidential...
2007_DC_SIPG_Renovating3DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Renovating a Landmark: From Patent Office to Reynolds Center
2013_DC_SIPG_Renovating22DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Renovating a Landmark: From Patent Office to Reynolds Center
2016_DC_SIPG_Renovating86DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Renovating a Landmark: From Patent Office to Reynolds Center
2012_DC_SIPG_Black_List11DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: The Black List
While photography was allowed in this special exhibit, I couldn't photograph most of the pieces because the reflective glass kept picking up everything around me instead of the piece itself.
2017_DC_SIPG_Sweat84DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers
The Sweat of Their Face: Portraying American Workers
November 3, 2017 – September 3, 2018
The Sweat of Their Face combines art and social history with representations of American laborers across genres and centuries of art. Artists such as Winslow Homer, Dorothea Lange, Elizabeth Catlett, and Lewis...
2018_DC_SIPG_UnSeen73DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar
UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar
March 23, 2018 – January 6, 2019
The exhibition highlights the work of two leading contemporary artists who grapple with the under- and misrepresentation of certain minorities in portraiture and American history. Gonzales-Day and...
2018_DC_SIPG_UnSeen_Book35DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar -- Comment Book
I was impressed that after just 4-1/2 days, both of the comment books were already 80-90% full.
2019_03_27A_SIPG_Votes276DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
March 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020
To usher in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment,Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s... (Partially reviewed)
2019_04_01G1_SIPG_Votes16DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence
March 29, 2019 – January 5, 2020
To usher in the centennial anniversary of the ratification of the Nineteenth Amendment,Votes for Women: A Portrait of Persistence reveals the women and organizations often overlooked in the complex narrative of women’s... (Partially reviewed)
2019_05_25F3_SIPG_Progress30DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (NPG) -- Exhibit: Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
Women of Progress: Early Camera Portraits
June 14, 2019 – May 31, 2020
In mid-nineteenth-century America, the growing presence of women in public life coincided with the rise of portrait photography. This exhibition of daguerreotypes and ambrotypes from the 1840s and 1850s features portraits of early... (Partially reviewed)
2013_DC_SIPG_Day_Museum19DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: A Day at the Museum
A Day at the Museum:
January 14, 2013 - May 16, 2013 (new opening and closing dates)
Letters, sketchbooks, diaries, photographs, and oral history recordings reveal the many ways artists experience museums. Artists may gain inspiration and a sense of community from museums. Some travel long distances,...
2014_DC_SIPG_DayLife50DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: A Day in the Life: Artists' Diaries
A Day in the Life: Artists' Diaries from the Archives of American Art
September 26, 2014 – February 28, 2015
Reading an artist’s diary is the next best thing to being there. Direct and private, diaries provide firsthand accounts of appointments made and met, places seen, and work in progress—all laced...
2015_DC_SIPG_Yasuo31DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art
Artist Teacher Organizer: Yasuo Kuniyoshi in the Archives of American Art
March 30, 2015 – July 10, 2015
In 1906, when Yasuo Kuniyoshi (1889–1952) was just 16, he emigrated by himself from Japan to the United States with two hundred dollars in his pocket. Kuniyoshi eventually made his way to New York...
2017_DC_SIPG_B4ICats54DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM Archives) -- Exhibit: Before Internet Cats: Feline Finds from the Archives of American Art
Before Internet Cats: Feline Finds from the Archives of American Art
April 28 - October 29, 2017
Long before cats clawed their way onto the Internet, they made themselves at home in the Archives of American Art. This exhibition explores the myriad ways in which cats are represented in rare documents...
2019_03_06B_SIPG_Bloom38DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Bloom: Flowers from the Archives of American Art
Bloom: Flowers from the Archives of American Art
March 2, 2019 – September 2, 2019
Sketches and drawings of flowers from our collections provide a fascinating opportunity to examine flowers from both an artistic and scientific point of view. The exhibition coincides with Smithsonian Gardens' biannual... (Partially reviewed)
2016_DC_SIPG_Source18DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art
Finding: Source Material in the Archives of American Art
April 22, 2016 – August 21, 2016
In this exhibition, the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art reveals how artists find inspiration. The Archives’ collections hold a kaleidoscopic array of source materials; many of these materials are somewhat...
2013_DC_SIPG_HHC70DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Handmade Holiday Cards
Handmade Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art
November 27, 2013 – January 5, 2014
The cards featured in this exhibition -- selected from the hundreds in the Archives of American Art's collections -- reveal how artists imagined the holidays through whimsical watercolors, quirky collages, and...
2012_DC_SIPG_Pollock23DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Jackson Pollock, Memories Arrested in Space
Memories Arrested in Space: a centennial tribute to Jackson Pollock from the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art
January 28, 2012 – May 15, 2012
Exhibited in Washington, D.C. at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery
Jackson Pollock (1912–1956) is an American icon. Creator of rhythmic and energetic...
2010_DC_SIPG_Lists14DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Lists
2015_DC_SIPG_Black_Books44DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Little Black Books
Little Black Books: Address Books from the Archives of American Art
August 7, 2015 – November 1, 2015
This exhibition showcases a selection of personal address books of influential American artists, from Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner to Joseph Cornell and Ad Reinhardt. Like diaries, these...
2011_DC_SIPG_Big_Lives46DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Little Pictures, Big Lives
Little Pictures, Big Lives: Snapshots from the Smithsonian's Archives of American Art
July 1, 2011 – October 3, 2011

Some 150 images of celebrated and famous artists offer clues to the intimate side of public personae: to the people and the things they cared about, where they’ve been, what they did,...
2014_DC_SIPG_Monuments111DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Monuments Men
This exhibition was tied into the release of the Monuments Men movie.
Monuments Men: On the Frontline to Save Europe's Art, 1942–1946
February 7 to April 20, 2014
During World War II, an unlikely team of soldiers was charged with identifying and protecting European cultural sites, monuments, and...
2018_DC_SIPG_Beaten51DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Off the Beaten Track
Off the Beaten Track: A Road Trip through the Archives of American Art
December 8, 2017 - June 3, 2018
Join us on a road trip through the Archives of American Art. The photographs, sketches, diaries, correspondence, and video recordings on view reveal how artists have shaped and are shaped by their...
2018_DC_SIPG_Pushing59DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Pushing the Envelope: Mail Art
Pushing the Envelope: Mail Art from the Archives of American Art
August 10, 2018 – January 4, 2019
Beginning in the 1960s, artists from around the world looked to the postal system as an alternative means of producing, distributing, and receiving art. Mail art (alternatively called “correspondence...
2009_DC_SIPG_Xmas57DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Season's Greetings
“Season’s Greetings: Holiday Cards from the Archives of American Art” celebrates the personal style and sentiment of artists’ handmade holiday cards. This exhibit will be on display from Nov. 20 to Jan. 10, 2010, in the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery at the Smithsonian’s Donald W. Reynolds Center for...
2008_DC_SIPG_Kisses6DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Thousand Kisses
A Thousand Kisses: Love Letters from the Archives of American Art
On view in Washington, D.C. at the Lawrence A. Fleischman Gallery, located inside the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture
January 25, 2008 through June 2, 2008
Love letters bring out the voyeur in most of us....
2011_DC_SIPG_Words8DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM archives) -- Exhibit: Words Cannot Express
Words Cannot Express: Death in the Archives
October 31, 2011 – December 31, 2011

Death is perhaps the only certainty in life. For those experiencing the death of a friend, family member, loved one, or an admired figure, words are often inadequate to give voice to the intense emotions involved. When...
2009_DC_SIPG_1934154DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: 1934: A New Deal for Artists
1934: A New Deal for Artists
Now through January 3, 2010

In 1934, Americans grappled with an economic situation that feels all too familiar today. Against the backdrop of the Great Depression, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt's administration created the Public Works of Art Program—the first...
2012_DC_SIPG_Abstract18DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Abstract Drawings
Abstract DrawingsJune 15, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Abstract Drawings presents a selection of forty-six works on paper from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s permanent collection that are rarely on public display. From simple sketches to highly finished compositions, these works represent the rich...
2017_DC_SIPG_JFK_Visionary61DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times
American Visionary: John F. Kennedy's Life and Times
May 3, 2017 – September 17, 2017
President John F. Kennedy’s administration coincided with a golden age of photojournalism in America. American Visionary: John F. Kennedy’s Life and Times brings together images culled from the John F. Kennedy...
2012_DC_SIPG_Video_Games141DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Art of Video Games
The Art of Video Games
March 16, 2012 – September 30, 2012
Video games use images, actions, and player participation to tell stories and engage their audiences. In the same way as film, animation, and performance, they can be considered a compelling and influential form of narrative art. In this...
2019_03_14A1_SIPG_Respond152DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975
Artists Respond: American Art and the Vietnam War, 1965-1975
March 15, 2019 – August 18, 2019
Artists Respond: Art and America’s War, 1965 to 1975 explores artistic reactions to the Vietnam War created during the height of the U.S. intervention in Southeast Asia. An unpopular and internally divisive... (Partially reviewed)
2018_12_29A2_SIPG_Traylor176DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor
Between Worlds: The Art of Bill Traylor
September 28, 2018 – March 17, 2019
Bill Traylor (ca. 1853–1949) is regarded today as one of the most important American artists of the twentieth century. A black man born into slavery in Alabama, he was an eyewitness to history: the Civil War, Emancipation,... (Partially reviewed)
2015_DC_SIPG_Carving22DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Direct Carving
Direct Carving
February 5, 2015 – Indefinitely
The exhibition includes approximately 24 sculptures from across the twentieth century, nearly all from the museum’s permanent collection. Direct carving is an unusual method of sculpting in which an artist works directly with a piece of stone or wood,...
2018_DC_SIPG_Almost_Home57DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Do Ho Suh: Almost Home
Do Ho Suh: Almost Home
March 16, 2018 – August 5, 2018
Do Ho Suh’s immersive, dreamlike work explores the nature and meaning of home, fastening ties between personal space and shared experience. Encountering his large-scale fabric sculptures is both deeply familiar and profoundly alien as the ordinary...
2017_DC_SIPG_Sultan17DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings
Donald Sultan: The Disaster Paintings
May 26, 2017 – September 4, 2017
In the 1980s Donald Sultan (born 1951) began his industrial landscape series the Disaster Paintings. He worked with the subject for nearly a decade, using images of actual events drawn from the daily newspaper. Sultan’s Disaster...
2017_DC_SIPG_Mean_Streets14DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Down These Mean Streets
Down These Mean Streets
May 12, 2017 – August 6, 2017
The exhibition examines how Latino photographers depicted America’s urban streets when notions of the inner city began to emerge. The title of the exhibition is taken from Piri Thomas’ bestselling memoir Down These Mean Streets (1967), in which the...
2016_DC_SIPG_Legacy11DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Expanding the Legacy: New Collections on African American Art
Expanding the Legacy: New Collections on African American Art
September 23, 2016 – March 19, 2017
In celebration of the 2016 grand opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the Archives of American Art presents selections from recently acquired collections...
2014_DC_SIPG_Experience58DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Experience America
Experience America
August 14, 2014 – Permanent
The 1930s was a heady time for artists in America. Through President Franklin Roosevelt’s New Deal programs, the federal government paid them to paint and sculpt and urged them to look to the nation’s land and people for their subjects. For the next...
2006_DC_SIPG_Folk44DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Folk Art
To see a more complete view of the Folk Art collection taken over the years, ...
2008_DC_SIPG_Folk28DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Folk Art
To see a more complete view of the Folk Art collection taken over the years, ...
2010_DC_SIPG_Folk58DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Folk Art
To see a more complete view of the Folk Art collection taken over the years, ...
2011_DC_SIPG_Folk32DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Folk Art
To see a more complete view of the Folk Art collection taken over the years, ...
2012_DC_SIPG_Folk35DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Folk Art
To see a more complete view of the Folk Art collection taken over the years, ...
2014_DC_SIPG_Folk5DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Folk Art
To see a more complete view of the Folk Art collection taken over the years, ...
2016_DC_SIPG_Folk48DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Folk Art
Folk and Self-Taught Art
October 21, 2016 – Ongoing
The works in SAAM’s galleries for folk and self-taught art represent the powerful vision of America’s untrained and vernacular artists, embodying diverse American narratives and reminding us that creativity flourishes independent of formal art...
2012_DC_SIPG_Folk_Throne31DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Folk Art -- Restoring the Throne of the Third Heaven exhibit
2016_DC_SIPG_Gene_Davis19DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Gene Davis: Hot Beat
Gene Davis: Hot Beat
November 17, 2016 – April 2, 2017
Brightly colored stripes multiply in rhythmic repetitions across the surface of a painting by Gene Davis (1920-1985). Remarkably original when they first appeared in the 1960s, these paintings became the signature expression for one of the leading...
2008_DC_SIPG_GM128DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Graphic Masters I
Graphic Masters I: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
November 27, 2008 – May 25, 2009
On view are watercolors, pastels, and drawings from the early 19th century through the 1930s to celebrate the extraordinary variety and accomplishment of American artists' works on paper. The works...
2009_DC_SIPG_GM111DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Graphic Masters I
Graphic Masters I: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum
November 27, 2008 – May 25, 2009
On view are watercolors, pastels, and drawings from the early 19th century through the 1930s to celebrate the extraordinary variety and accomplishment of American artists' works on paper. The works...
2009_DC_SIPG_GM222DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Graphic Masters II
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum:
Graphic Masters II: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the second in a series of special installations, celebrates the extraordinary variety and accomplishment of American artists' works on paper. These...
2010_DC_SIPG_GM337DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Graphic Masters III
Graphic Masters III: Highlights from the Smithsonian American Art Museum, the third in a series of special installations, celebrates the extraordinary variety and accomplishment of American artists' works on paper. These twenty-eight exceptional watercolors, charcoals, and drawings from the 1960s to the...
2016_DC_SIPG_Harlem30DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten
Harlem Heroes: Photographs by Carl Van Vechten
August 26, 2016 – March 19, 2017
This installation, presented in celebration of the opening of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, features thirty-nine images, all works from the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s...
2016_DC_SIPG_Noguchi102DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern
Isamu Noguchi, Archaic/Modern
November 11, 2016 – March 19, 2017
Location: 1st Floor, West
Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988) was among the most innovative American sculptors of the twentieth century, creating works that were far ahead of his time. His design for Sculpture to Be Seen from Mars (1947)...
2017_DC_SIPG_Walker37DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
Kara Walker: Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated)
October 13, 2017 – March 11, 2018
The Smithsonian American Art Museum presents the complete set of Kara Walker's print series, Harper’s Pictorial History of the Civil War (Annotated) for the first time since it was acquired in 2008....
2018_DC_SIPG_Love4Ward10DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Kelsey Montague's "Love It Forward"
2013_DC_SIPG_LIP12DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Landscapes in Passing
Landscapes In Passing: Photographs by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick, and Elaine Mayes
July 26, 2013 – January 20, 2014
The American landscape has inspired generations of artists, but the 48 photographs in this presentation— by Steve Fitch, Robbert Flick and Elaine Mayes— are a far cry from traditional...
2008_DC_SIPG_Local_Color13DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Local Color
Local Color: Washington Painting at Midcentury
Now through Oct. 13, 2008

Explore the expressive possibilities of color in this special installation of twenty-seven large-scale paintings from SAAM's permanent collection. Local Color: Washington Painting at Midcentury examines the cross influences of...
2017_DC_SIPG_Lumia37DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light
October 6, 2017 – January 7, 2018
Lumia: Thomas Wilfred and the Art of Light reveals this groundbreaking artist and his spellbinding light compositions for the first time in nearly fifty years. As early as 1919—well before the advent of consumer television...
2011_DC_SIPG_Chicago26DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Made in Chicago: The Koffler Collection
Made in Chicago: The Koffler Collection
August 12, 2011 - January 2, 2012
On view are 26 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper created by Chicago artists, including works by Roger Brown, Leon Golub, Theodore Halkin, Vera Klement, Ellen Lanyon, Jim Nutt, Ed Paschke, Barry Tinsley, and Ray Yoshida....
2015_DC_SIPG_Masterworks25DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Masterworks
Special Installation of 19 American Masterworks
April 17 through August 16, 2015
Nineteen major paintings lent from the private collection of Thelma and Melvin Lenkin of Chevy Chase, MD, will be on view on the second floor galleries of the museum as part of a special installation from April 17 through...
2015_DC_SIPG_Measured37DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave
Measured Perfection: Hiram Powers' Greek Slave
July 3, 2015 – February 19, 2017
This one-gallery exhibition reveals the inner workings of the studio of Hiram Powers (1805-1873), who was among the most innovative sculptors of the nineteenth century, eagerly adapting long-standing sculpture traditions...
2013_DC_SIPG_Shaker10DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Mount Lebanon Shaker Society
2011_DC_SIPG_Multi40DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Multiplicity
Multiplicity:
November 11, 2011 – March 11, 2012

Multiplicity features 83 works from the museum’s permanent collection by such outstanding contemporary artists as John Baldessari, John Cage, Vija Celmins, Chuck Close, R. Luke DuBois, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, Julie Mehretu, Martin Puryear, Susan...
2008_DC_SIPG_Obata10DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Obata's Yosemite
Obata's Yosemite
In 1927, Chiura Obata (1885–1975) visited Yosemite National Park and the Sierra Nevada, where he made approximately 100 drawings in pencil, watercolor and sumi ink. Between 1928 and 1930, while Obata was in Tokyo, he transformed these California landscape watercolors and sketches into...
2013_DC_SIPG_Our_America48DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
October 25, 2013 – March 2, 2014
More than 90 works of art across all media by significant Latino artists active from the 1950s to today give voice to their broader American experience. Drawn from the museum’s pioneering permanent collection of Latino...
2014_DC_SIPG_Our_America24DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
Our America: The Latino Presence in American Art
October 25, 2013 – March 2, 2014
This exhibition reveals the rich and varied contributions of Latino artists in the United States since the mid-twentieth century, when the concept of a collective Latino identity began to emerge. Drawn from the museum's...
2007_DC_SIPG_Top7DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Over the Top
Over the Top: American Posters from World War I (10/26/2007 - 02/03/2008):
The powerful imagery of war bond posters during World War I successfully called on Americans to support the war effort. Over the Top: American Posters from World War I presents 45 of these posters, from the collection of Thomas...
2016_DC_SIPG_Brooks41DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Romaine Brooks
Romaine Brooks
June 17, 2016 – October 2, 2016
Romaine Brooks (1874–1970) lived most of her life in Paris where she was a leading figure of an artistic counterculture of upper-class Europeans and American expatriates, many of whom were creative, bohemian, and homosexual. Brooks crafted an androgynous...
2014_DC_SIPG_Roby82DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Sara Roby Foundation Collection
Modern American Realism: The Sara Roby Foundation Collection
February 28, 2014 – August 17, 2014
70 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper dating from the 1910s to the 1980s by such artists as Will Barnet, Isabel Bishop, Paul Cadmus, Arthur Dove, Nancy Grossman, Edward Hopper, Wolf Kahn, Yasuo...
2014_DC_SIPG_Singing162DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art
The Singing and the Silence: Birds in Contemporary Art
October 31, 2014 – February 22, 2015
Some 50 works by more than a dozen contemporary artists who employ avian imagery as a conduit for understanding contemporary culture are on view. The exhibition explores the following themes:
* How we...
2017_DC_SIPG_Tamayo70DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Tamayo: The New York Years
Tamayo: The New York Years
November 3, 2017 – March 18, 2018
Rufino Tamayo’s lushly colored paintings portraying modern Mexican subjects earned him widespread acclaim as an artist who balanced universal themes with a local sensibility. Tamayo (1899-1991) was drawn to New York City in the early...
2010_DC_SIPG_Rockwell9DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg
Telling Stories: Norman Rockwell from the Collections of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg
July 2, 2010 – January 2, 2011
NOTE: No photography was allowed in the exhibit so this is just pictures of the line to get in.
Two of America's best-known modern filmmakers -- George Lucas and Steven Spielberg...
2019_03_14A2_SIPG_Tiffany_Chung20DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue
March 15, 2019 – September 2, 2019
Internationally acclaimed artist Tiffany Chung (b. 1969, Da Nang, Vietnam) is known for her multimedia work that explores migration, conflict, and shifting geographies in the wake of political and natural upheavals. The... (Partially reviewed)
2019_03_15D_SIPG_Tiffany_Chung20DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue
Tiffany Chung: Vietnam, Past is Prologue
March 15, 2019 – September 2, 2019
Internationally acclaimed artist Tiffany Chung (b. 1969, Da Nang, Vietnam) is known for her multimedia work that explores migration, conflict, and shifting geographies in the wake of political and natural upheavals. The... (Partially reviewed)
2018_DC_SIPG_Paglen159DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen
Trevor Paglen: Sites Unseen
June 21, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Artist Trevor Paglen’s work explores surveillance, state secrecy, data collection, and the ways in which technology is altering humans’ relationship with the land around us. His subtly unnerving photographs are rooted in classical landscape...
2016_DC_SIPG_Watch_This4DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image
Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image
September 9, 2016 – March 6, 2017
Watch This! New Directions in the Art of the Moving Image is a series of rotating exhibitions drawn from SAAM’s media arts collection.
This presentation of Watch This! is the fifth in the series and presents...
2015_DC_SIPG_Watch_This8DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Exhibit: Watch This! Revelations in Media Art
Watch This! Revelations in Media Art
April 24, 2015 – September 7, 2015
Creative and commercial innovations in hi-fidelity stereo, broadcast television, videotape and satellite technologies ignited a frenetic pace of social change through the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s, simultaneously shattering and...
2006_DC_SIPG_Luce34DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Luce Foundation Center for American Art
2007_DC_SIPG_Luce58DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Luce Foundation Center for American Art
2008_DC_SIPG_Luce32DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Luce Foundation Center for American Art
Including a curator-led tour.
2012_DC_SIPG_Luce23DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Luce Foundation Center for American Art
2006_DC_SIPG_Modern1DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Modern Art
2007_DC_SIPG_Modern52DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Modern Art
2008_DC_SIPG_Modern16DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Modern Art
Including the "Local Color" exhibit as well as the photographable graffiti portion of the Recognize exhibit.
2009_DC_SIPG_Modern45DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Modern Art
2011_DC_SIPG_Modern23DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Modern Art
2012_DC_SIPG_Modern11DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Modern Art
2013_DC_SIPG_Modern2DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Modern Art
2014_DC_SIPG_Modern54DC -- Donald W. Reynolds Center (SAAM) -- Modern Art
2014_DC_Many_One31DC -- Mall -- Exhibit: Jorge Rodriguez-Gerada's "Out of Many, One" via National Portrait Gallery
2008_DC_FotoRC24FotoWeek DC -- Images in Donald Reynolds Center's Kogod Courtyard


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2019_05_01A1_Lincoln_RoomD201DC -- U.S. Capitol -- Lincoln Room Dedication
Dedication of the Lincoln Room in the Capitol. A unanimous House Resolution set aside the former mail room of the original House of Representatives chamber to honor Congressman Abraham Lincoln. This room was just a few feet behind Lincoln's desk on the House floor in what is now Statuary Hall. Linc... (Partially reviewed)
2019_05_05A1_Literary_HillBF363DC -- Literary Hill BookFest (2019) @ Eastern Market
Come meet our friendly authors and partake in the vibrant literary culture of Capitol Hill. With all different genres and styles represented -- from children's books to poetry, from nonfiction to mystery and romance -- there's something for everyone.... Author folks here pretty much in sequence: Co... (Partially reviewed)
2019_04_27D_Underfoot123DC -- Awesome Con DC (2019) -- Underfoot Graphic Novel Launch Party
You're invited to THE UNDERFOOT Launch Party! Hosted by Emily S. Whitten, Ben Fisher, Michelle Nguyen, and Thom Zahler Come celebrate The Underfoot, a new original graphic novel series from Lion Forge Comics, with Co-Creators Emily S. Whitten & Ben Fisher, Artist Michelle Nguyen, & Letterer Thom Zah... (Partially reviewed)
2019_05_02C3_DaviesR145DC -- Library of Congress -- Ceremony: Herblock Prize (2019): Matt Davies -- Reception
The Herb Block Foundation cordially invites you to THE HERBLOCK PRIZE Award Ceremony & Lecture Prize Winner: Matt Davies Lecturer: Jake Tapper Finalist: Clay Jones Folks here include: Michael Cavna, Mark Shields, Joe Sutliff, Eric Shansby, Clarence Page, Lisa Page, Matt Davies, Matt Wuerker, Clay Jo... (Partially reviewed)
2019_05_02C1_DaviesP117DC -- Library of Congress -- Ceremony: Herblock Prize (2019): Matt Davies -- Presentation
The Herb Block Foundation cordially invites you to THE HERBLOCK PRIZE Award Ceremony & Lecture Prize Winner: Matt Davies Lecturer: Jake Tapper Finalist: Clay Jones Matt Davies Newsday Matt Davies is the editorial cartoonist for Newsday in NY and has won both the 2004 Pulitzer Prize and the 2001 Rob... (Partially reviewed)


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