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Past Exhibitions: 2011
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The National Portrait Gallery is pleased to offer several online versions of past museum exhibitions. Each of these online presentations accompanied actual exhibitions and now serve to extend those shows indefinitely.

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Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories
October 14, 2011 through January 22, 2012

Seeing Gertrude Stein: Five Stories features more than 25 artifacts and 100 works by artists from across Europe and the U.S., detailing Stein’s life and work.

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Glimpse of the Past:
A Neighborhood Evolves

March 5, 2010, through September 25, 2011

“Glimpse of the Past” is a photographic exploration of the neighborhood surrounding the Patent Office Building, home to the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

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Capital Portraits:
Treasures from Washington Private Collections

April 8 through September 5, 2011

This exhibition presents portraits that reside in private Washington, D.C. collections. Many of the works have never been on public display before and the exhibition reveals a remarkable range of styles, images and most importantly, stories.

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Calder's Portraits: A New Language
March 11, through August 14, 2011

Best known for his abstract mobiles and stabiles, Alexander Calder (1898-1976) was also a prolific portraitist. Throughout his career Calder portrayed entertainment, sports, and art-world figures.

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Americans Now
July 20, 2010 through July 10, 2011

“Americans Now,” drawn from the Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection, features individuals prominent in sports, entertainment and other fields of endeavor during the last 10 years. It also reflects the variety of media the Portrait Gallery is now collecting and addresses the museum’s recently established policy of accepting living subjects into the collection.

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HIDE/SEEK
Difference and Desire in American Portraiture

Exhibited October 30, 2010, through
February 13, 2011

This is the first major museum exhibition to focus on sexual difference in the making of modern American portraiture. “Hide/Seek” considers such themes as the role of sexual difference in depicting modern America; how artists explored the fluidity of sexuality and gender; how major themes in modern art—especially abstraction—were influenced by social marginalization; and how art reflected society’s evolving and changing attitudes toward sexuality, desire, and romantic attachment.

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Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer
Exhibited October 23, 2010, through January 23, 2011

In 1956, 26-year old Alfred Wertheimer was asked to photograph a rising 21-year-old-star named Elvis Presley. When Presley walked on stage that year, he altered the beat of everyday life. The world changed. Wertheimer captured the singer’s transit to superstardom and the cultural transformation he helped launch.

“Elvis at 21: Photographs by Alfred Wertheimer” was developed collaboratively by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service, and Govinda Gallery, and is sponsored nationally by The History Channel.

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PAST  EXHIBITIONS:
Click on links below to view past online exhibitions.


2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006–2005 | 2004–2000 | 1999 | 1998 | 1997–1996


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

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