Posts Tagged ‘National Portrait Gallery’

Exploring Lincoln Schatz’s “The Network,” Now at the National Portrait Gallery

In this town, getting a bunch of politicians and Washington insiders to agree on anything presents a challenge—even when it comes to art. Getting them to be in the art, well, that doesn't seem as difficult.
Tuesday, the National Portrait Gallery unveiled a new addition to its permanent collection, The Network, a recent work by video [...]

Openings: Chuck Close and “The Civil War and American Art”

What's new this weekend in local arts.
Get out and absorb a little art before the countdown to Thanksgiving face-cramming begins. A couple of must-see shows are opening this weekend.
Today at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, an exhibit opens that shows how famous American artists of the time period represented the Civil War and its aftermath. [...]

ToDo ToDay: Amelia Earhart’s Celebrity

On the 75th anniversary of Amelia Earhart’s disappearance, the National Portrait Gallery is prepared for her arrival. A one-room exhibition, opening June 29, features a video about the record-setting pilot and 35 objects borrowed from the National Air and Space Museum, Library of Congress, Purdue University, Radcliffe College, and private collections. “I believe the argument [...]

Five Portraitists Who Deserve a Spot in the National Portrait Gallery

Martin Sullivan, the director of the National Portrait Gallery, announced this week that he will step down, leaving a leadership gap at the museum. That isn’t the institution’s biggest problem, however. It has long suffered under its self-imposed conservative mission, one that assembles artworks as so many images in a celebrity slideshow. Granted, the Portrait [...]

Arts Roundup: White, Male, and Imported Edition

D.C.'s theater season is white, male, and imported [Gwydion Suilebhan]
Photos from Candy Chang's "Before I Die" project at 14th and Q streets NW [Huffington Post D.C.]
Chuck Brown was missed at the Harlem Renaissance Festival in Landover, Md. [Post]
Shady Grove might get its very own Patriot Center after all [Post]
The Pentagon was on board to work [...]

Reviewed: Mathew Brady’s Union Generals at National Portrait Gallery

The sesquicentennial of the Civil War is bringing a number of thematic exhibits to the National Portrait Gallery; the most recent is a selection of images of Union generals by the most famous photographer of the era, Mathew Brady. The museum has created modern prints from original negatives, all in the petite format known as [...]

Arts Roundup: Susan Eisenhower Edition

Susan Eisenhower says Frank Gehry's proposed Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial is communist, fascist, and gosh-darn disgraceful. [Post]
"One Life: Amelia Earhart," a year-long exhibit focusing on the legendary American pilot, will open at the Portrait Gallery June 29. [Post]
Wednesday's sold-out Fiona Apple concert has been postponed until March 28. [Sixth & I]
The Washingtonian's website gets a jazzy new [...]

Reviewed: “Mementos” at the National Portrait Gallery

“Miniatures” sounds precious, in more ways than one, and most of the examples in “Mementos: Painted and Photographic Miniatures, 1750-1920” at the National Portrait Gallery fit that description closely—they’re tiny, elegantly crafted, and sentimental, particularly those with the soft edges of an oval format. They “were often made as mementos, love tokens, or memorials that [...]

Reviewed: “In Vibrant Color” at the National Portrait Gallery

Is it possible for a work of art to look cutting-edge and dated at the same time? The images in the National Portrait Gallery’s exhibit “In Vibrant Color: Vintage Celebrity Portraits from the Harry Warnecke Studio” manage this odd feat. They served as cover art for the New York Daily News’ Sunday magazine during the [...]

Penny Starr Returns With New Attack on Gays, National Portrait Gallery

Is Penny Starr losing her touch?
The activist-slash-journalist who launched the campaign that got a queer-themed artwork removed from the National Portrait Gallery is back—with, well, the exact same complaint about the same museum. But this year, her timing is off.
In late November 2010, Starr penned a complaint about "Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture," [...]