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
4/26

Meet the Author: James Kaplan on Frank Sinatra

Kaplan discusses his biography "Frank: The Voice," a book about the legendary crooner's life.
Through 4/27

Yousuf Karsh: American Portraits

The photographer's portraits of famous people are displayed.
Through 6/1

Meade Brothers: Pioneers in American Photography

A collection of daguerreotypes from the 19th-century American photographer brothers.
Through 6/1

One Life: Martin Luther King Jr.

A one-room exhibition highlighting the civil rights icon in honor of the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington. Features photos and memorabilia.
Through 7/13

Dancing the Dream

An exhibit featuring choreographers, impresarios and performers such as Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers, Michael Jackson and Beyonce.
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 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 1/25/15

Mr. Lincoln's Washington: A Civil War Portfolio

The exhibit features large-format reproductions of photographs, drawings and maps that document the Civil War and its impact on Washington.
7/4 - 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 5/31/15

Mathew Brady's Photographs of Union Generals

Studio portraits by one of the most famous photographers of the Civil War.