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 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.
11/29 - 12/27

Film Series: 'Morality and Beauty: Marco Bellocchio'

The first U.S. retrospective of the contemporary Italian filmmaker.
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.
12/13 - 1/25/15

Washington During the Civil War

Photos during the Civil War around the Patent Office Building and around the DC Metro area.
Through 4/12/15

Portraiture Now: Staging the Self

Features the work of David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, Maria Martinez-Canas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadaneira and Michael Vasquez.
Through 4/19/15

Grant and Lee

The Civil War rivalry between generals Ulysses Grant and Robert Lee.
Through 5/3/15

Alexander Gardner

The 150th anniversary of the artist's "cracked-plate" portrait of President Lincoln.
Through 5/25/15

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 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

Photographer Mathew Brady's account of the ever-changing roster of Union generals 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.
Through 8/9/15

Time Covers the 1960s

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