The National Portrait Gallery and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program are collaborators on "Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter." This exhibition is the Smithsonian’s first major showcase of contemporary Asian American portraiture. Through the groundbreaking work of seven talented artists from across the country and around the world, the exhibition offers provocative renditions of the Asian American experience. Their portraits of encounter offer representations against and beyond the stereotypes that have long obscured the complexity of being Asian in America.

Lead support for the exhibition, publication and related programs is provided by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Rebecca Houser Westcott Fund for "Portraiture Now." Additional support is provided by Andrew S. Ree and the Joh Foundation. In-kind support is provided by Korean Air Cargo.

The exhibition has additional portraits not included in this website. It opened at the National Portrait Gallery August 12, 2011 and remained on display through October 14, 2012. The exhibition will then tour to the Asia Society Texas Center (Houston) from November 8, 2012 to April 14, 2013, and the Japanese American National Museum (Los Angeles) from April 13 to September 22, 2013.


The National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, tells the stories of America through the individuals who have shaped U.S. culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts, and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists who speak American history.


Location: The National Portrait Gallery is conveniently located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, in Washington D.C., above the Gallery Place–Chinatown Metrorail station (red, yellow, and green lines).

Museum Hours: 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. daily. Closed December 25.

Admission: FREE

For more information on visiting the museum, please visit the National Portrait Gallery's website.