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Past Exhibitions: 2008
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Herblock's Presidents: "Puncturing Pomposity"
Exhibited May 2 through November 30, 2008

The political cartoons of Herbert Block (1909–2001) appeared in American newspapers for more than seven decades under the pen name Herblock. This exhibition contains Block's original drawings of presidential cartoons from Franklin Roosevelt through Bill Clinton

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RECOGNIZE! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture
Exhibited February 28 through October 26, 2008.

Images of hip hop stars are as pervasive as the music itself, and the National Portrait Gallery is featuring the work of artists who have explored this phenomenon.

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One Life: KATE, A Centennial Celebration
Exhibited November 2 through September 28, 2008.

Born on May 12, 1907, Katharine Hepburn was a twentieth-century icon who carefully constructed and maintained her own myth through more than fifty years on stage, screen, and television.

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Edward Steichen: Portraits
Exhibited April 11 through September 1, 2008

During his tenure as chief photographer for Condé Nast’s Vanity Fair from 1923 to1936, Edward Steichen created compelling portraits of many of that era’s most celebrated personalities

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Zaida Ben-Yusuf: New York Portrait Photographer
Exhibited April 11 through September 1, 2008

Photographer Zaida Ben-Yusuf (1869-1933) was an important figure in the pictorialist photography movement in late 19th and early 20th century New York

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Let Your Motto Be RESISTANCE: African American Portraits
Exhibited October 19, 2007 through March 2, 2008

This is the inaugural exhibition of the National Museum of African American History and Culture. The images were selected from the collection of the National Portrait Gallery. The theme; African American resistance across 150 years of American history.

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The Presidency and the Cold War
Exhibited July 1, 2006 through February 24, 2008

During the second half of the 20th century, the United States and the Soviet Union engaged in a global struggle. Beginning with Yalta and ending with the collapse of the Berlin Wall, this exhibition explores how U.S. presidents reacted to the events of the age.

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Legacy: Spain and the United States in the Age of Independence, 1763-1848
Exhibited September 27 through February 10, 2008

Through portraits and compelling authentic documents, this exhibition explores Spain’s key role in the Revolutionary War and the founding of the United States.

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Temple of Invention: The History of a National Landmark
Exhibited July 1, 2006 through January 21, 2008

The exhibition honors the completion of the museum's glorious renovation. This landmark was praised by Walt Whitman as the “noblest of Washington buildings” and is considered to be one of the finest examples of Greek Revival architecture in the United States.

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Portraiture Now: Framing Memory
Exhibited May 25, 2007 through January 6, 2008

“Framing Memory,” the second exhibition in the ongoing “Portraiture Now” series, highlights contemporary art that incorporates portraits of iconic figures as a means to explore history and culture.

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PAST  EXHIBITIONS:
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2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006–2005 | 2004–2000 | 1999 1998 | 1997–1996


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