Online Exhibitions / Exhibitions 1-10

The National Portrait Gallery is pleased to offer several online versions of past museum exhibitions. With the exception of "Picturing Business in America," created specifically for the web, each of these online presentations accompanied actual exhibitions and now serve to extend those shows indefinitely. Additional online exhibitions are also on view in the Current Exhibitions area of this web site.



spacer Oprah Winfrey "Picturing Business in America:
Hedcuts in the Wall Street Journal."

Web-based exhibition

First invented in 1979, The Wall Street Journal’s distinctive portrait heads, known as "hedcuts" or "dot-drawings" have attained the status of an American icon, readily identifiable with one of the country’s best-known business publications.






spacer Alexander Calder "Tête à Tête:
Portraits by Henri Cartier-Bresson."

Exhibited October 29 through January 9, 2000.

Best known as the photographer who first captured the "decisive moment" on film in the 1930s, Henri Cartier-Bresson has been making portraits throughout his career as an artist and photojournalist.






spacer John Brown "A Durable Memento: Portraits by Augustus Washington, African American Daguerreotypist"
Exhibited September 24 through January 2, 2000

Augustus Washington (1820/21-1875) is one of only a handful of African American daguerreotypists whose work has been identified and collected, and whose career has been documented.






spacer Cardinal Spellman "Edward Sorel: Unauthorized Portraits"
Exhibited July 2, 1999 through January 9, 2000.

This exhibition highlights the posters, drawings, and illustrations that have kept Edward Sorel at the forefront of American graphic art since the 1950s.






spacer Ernest Hemingway "Ernest Hemingway: A Writer in His Time"
Exhibited June 18 through January 9, 2000.

This exhibition marks the one-hundredth anniversary of Ernest Hemingway's birth with photographs, paintings, letters, first editions, manuscripts, and personal memorabilia.






spacer Hans Namuth "Hans Namuth: Portraits"
Exhibited April 30 through September 6, 1999.

This exhibition marks the first full exploration of Namuth's life and work, and the first time the Portrait Gallery's collection of his photographs has been on view in its entirety.






spacer Marilyn Monroe "Marilyn Monroe in Korea, 1954:
Newly Discovered Photographs by David Geary."

Exhibited Spring 1998.

In February 1954, Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio were newlyweds, on a trip in Japan, when the bride took a detour to Korea to entertain the troops. Hospitalman 2nd class David Geary, a navy medic, brought his new Argus camera to her concert and his portraits allow us to see Monroe through the eyes of the everyday people who made her feel like a star.




spacer Benjamin Franklin "Franklin and His Friends:
Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America."

Exhibited April 16 through September 6, 1999.

This exhibition examines the eighteenth-century fascination with science and the "man of science" as an ideal figure through portraits, botanical drawings, rare books, microscopes, telescopes, and electrical machines.




spacer Cinque "The Amistad Case"

In 1840, thrity-six African men mutinied on the Spanish slave ship, Amistad. This exhibition examines the compelling case that foreshadowed the American Civil War.








spacer George Washington "George and Martha Washington
Portraits from the Presidential Years"

Exhibited February 19 through August 8, 1999.

Timed to coincide with the two-hundredth anniversary of the death of George Washington, this exhibition presents a rare view of the first American President and first lady Martha Washington through approximately twenty-five portraits made from life during Washington's years in office.






spacer Paul Robeson "Paul Robeson: Artist and Citizen"
Exhibited January 29 through April 18, 1999.

The son of an escaped slave, Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Rutgers College, brilliantly talented singer, actor, motion picture star, athlete, and political and human rights activist, Paul Robeson was one of the twentieth century's most talented Americans.






spacer Albert Einstein "Philippe Halsman: A Retrospective"
Exhibited November 6, 1998 through February 7, 1999.

Philippe Halsman photographed for Life magazine from the 1940s through the 1970s, achieving a body of work that includes 101 covers-more than any other photographer.





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