Exhibition

Recent Acquisitions

17 Nov 2017 – 4 Nov 2018

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The annual exhibition “Recent Acquisitions” displays the latest portraits to enter into the museum’s renowned collection.

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Figures who have made lasting contributions in such areas as medicine, music, literature, art and social justice are represented in paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs and new media. These most-recent acquisitions join more than 22,000 others in the Portrait Gallery’s collection to represent the numerous individuals who have made a significant impact on the history and culture of the United States. Subjects include the lawyer Francis Scott Key who penned the lyrics for the “Star-Spangled Banner”; former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright; actress Gertrude Jeannette; university president Norman Francis; photographer Harry Callahan; fashion designer Ralph Lauren; and multi-award-winning actress Rita Moreno. In total, the exhibition features 27 objects that tell the story of this nation through the art of portraiture.

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