Currrent Exhibitions / Traveling Exhibitions
January 23, 2004 through April 4, 2004
Bush Presidential Library and Museum
College Station, Texas
Normally, many of these portraits of noted American women would be on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, housed in the Patent Office Building, located at Eighth and G Streets, Northwest. That structure—one of Washington, D.C.’s oldest public buildings— however, is undergoing massive renovation and restoration of its historic spaces, and during its closure, the Gallery is sharing highlights of its collections with the public through a number of traveling exhibitions going to other museums across the nation.
The likenesses included in this installation have been culled from the Gallery’s more than five thousand images of women portrayed in a variety of media—from oils and sculpture to photographs and prints. The pieces date from colonial times to the modern day. But most noteworthy is the range of individual accomplishment that these portraits embody. Among the figures represented are women who led some of the country’s most significant reform movements and shaped its politics. Yet others pictured here were major influences in the literary and performing arts. Still others claimed their distinctions as athletes, scientists, and artists. In short, their range of accomplishments have been as diverse as the pluralistic nation that produced them.
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