April at the National Portrait Gallery Includes FACE VALUE and More

April at the National Portrait Gallery Includes FACE VALUE and More

"Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction" will feature mid-20th century artists who were reinventing portraiture at a time when most agreed that figuration was dead as a progressive art form.

With more than 50 paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from approximately 1945 to 1975, "Face Value" will highlight the innovations of American portraiture hiding behind the vogue for abstraction. Featuring artists such as Alice Neel, Elaine de Kooning, Robert Rauschenberg, Beauford Delaney, Alex Katz, Romare Bearden, Fairfield Porter, Jamie Wyeth and Andy Warhol, along with lesser-known artists, who pushed the boundaries of portrait traditions.

Open April 18 through Jan. 11, 2015

Special Programs


Dana Tai Soon Burgess Dance Company Artist-in-Residence Open Rehearsals | Saturdays, April 5 and 12, 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Monday, April 14, 4 to 7 p.m.

Choreographer Dana Tai Soon Burgess and his dance company will hold public rehearsals for their second original dance work, "Confluence," in the "Dancing the Dream" galleries. The new piece will debut at the John F. Kennedy Center Feb. 7-8, and in the Portrait Gallery's Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard on Saturday, April 19, at 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m., with a Q&A session following each performance.

National Portrait Gallery Pop Quiz: A Portrait of the Artist | Thursday, April 10, 6:30 p.m.

Robert and Arlene Kogod Courtyard

How well do you remember that Art History 101 class? Test yourself at the Portrait Gallery's self-portraiture-themed trivia night. The winning team will receive a prize at the end of the evening. Food and beverages will be available for purchase in the Courtyard Café.

Rhythm Cafe: The Life and Music of Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman | Saturday, April 12, 2 to 4 p.m.

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium

In celebration of Jazz Appreciation Month, the Anacostia Community Museum and the National Portrait Gallery present a program about the life, contributions and music of Thelonious Monk and Ornette Coleman. Willard Jenkins, independent arts consultant, producer, writer and WPFW-89.3FM broadcaster, will moderate the discussion. Afterward, listen to the music of Monk and Coleman performed by the award-winning Howard University Jazz Ensemble.

Curator's Tour: Dancing the Dream | Saturday, April 19, noon

Portrait Gallery historian Amy Henderson leads a tour of the special exhibition "Dancing the Dream." Meet at the exhibition entrance on the first floor.

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