Editors' pick

National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian
National Portrait Gallery - Smithsonian Institution photo
(Lois Raimondo/TWP)
With portraits of athletes, authors and elder statesmen, the collection catalogues American art and history.
11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. daily
(Chinatown)
Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red, Green and Yellow lines), Metro Center (Red, Blue and Orange lines)
Free
202-633-1000
Through 9/7

American Cool

To define cool, you might start by listing the names of those who've contributed to pop-culture through their artistic influence or appealing personas. On Feb. 7, the National Portrait Gallery opens "American Cool," a photographic exhibition exploring the idea of cool with 100 portraits of American artists, musicians, actors and other iconic figures. Those featured include Frank Sinatra, Madonna, Miles Davis and Billie Holiday. The exhibit includes work by Carl Van Vechten, Annie Leibovitz and Cass Bird and other photographers.
Through 11/2

Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits

The photographer's portraits of famous people are displayed.
Through 12/12

Ongoing exhibits:

A collection of portraits, including J.D. Salinger and Katherine Hepburn.
Through 12/12

The Network

Artist Lincoln Schatz recombines interviews with famous politicians, scholars and other notables into a single-screen video.
Through 1/11/15

Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction

This group exhibition spotlights the work of such painters as Chuck Close, whose mid-20th-century portraits bucked the trend of abstraction.
Through 1/11/15

Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction

More than 50 paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures from around 1945 to 1975 by artists Alice Neel, Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Beauford Delaney, Romare Bearden, Andy Warhol, Fairfield Porter, Alex Katz and Jamie Wyeth.
Through 1/25/15

Mr. Lincoln's Washington: A Civil War Portfolio

The exhibition features large-format reproductions of photographs, drawings and maps that document the Civil War and its impact on Washington.
Through 4/12/15

Portraiture Now: Staging the Self

Features the work of David Antonio Cruz, Carleee Fernandez, Maria Martinez-Canas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadaneira and Michael Vasquez.
Through 5/25/15

One Life: Grant and Lee: 'It is well that war is so terrible...'

The lives of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee are explored through paintings, photographs and historic objects.
Through 5/25/15

One Life: Grant and Lee: 1864-1865

An installation exploring the lives of Ulysses S. Grant and Robert E. Lee during the Civil War.
Through 5/31/15

Mathew Brady's Photographs of Union Generals

Studio portraits by one of the most famous photographers of the Civil War.
9/26 - 8/9/15

Time Covers the 1960s

An exhibition featuring original cover art from the museum's Time magazine collection reveal the newsmakers, trends and happenings that defined the 1960s.