Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery (the US one) is opening an exhibition Wednesday titled “Portraiture Now: Feature Photography” to run through May. It will feature the work of six photographers who have done assignment work for The New YorkerEsquire and The New York Times Magazine.

Critically acclaimed for their independent fine art work, these photographers—Katy Grannan, Jocelyn Lee, Ryan McGinley, Steve Pyke, Martin Schoeller and Alec Soth—have also pursued a variety of editorial projects, taking advantage of both the opportunities and the parameters that these assignments introduce. The resulting work builds upon a longstanding tradition of photographic portraiture for the popular press and highlights creative possibilities for 21st century portrayal.

On Inauguration Day, they will open an exhibit titled “Presidents in Waiting,” which will feature the 14 American vice presidents who have succeeded to the presidency.

The National Portrait Gallery exhibition on the vice presidency will focus on these men, almost one-third of America’s presidents, and how they—upon the death or resignation of an incumbent or by winning election on their own—became presidents. If some still remain unconvinced about the significance of the vice president and those who occupied it, this exhibit will show that most of the vice presidents who succeeded to the presidency were highly capable political figures with the experience and aptitude to be president.

“Presidents in Waiting” will run through January 2010. More information on both exhibitions can be found here.

Speaking of the NPG, they have introduced two new photography-related web exhibitions, One Life: The Mask of Lincoln and Tokens of Affection and Regard: Photographic Jewelry and Its Makers.

Update: As per the comment below, The Mask of Lincoln web exhibition accompanies an exhibition of the same name at the Gallery itself.


~ by David Cupp on November 25, 2008.

3 Responses to “Exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery”

  1. The Mask of Lincoln is not just a web exhibition. It’s mounted in the NPG’s One Life gallery and the web site accompanies the actual exhibition.
    david c ward

  2. David, Thanks very much for making that clarification.

  3. […] Exhibit on Feature Photography In November I posted about a new exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, titled Portraiture Now: Feature Photography. […]

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