Organized and drawn from the collection of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, this exhibition examines how artists in the United States have chosen to portray themselves since the beginning of the 20th century. Through painting, drawing, photography, printmaking, and video, these artists raise important questions about self-perception and self-representation.
The exhibition includes 58 self-portraits by artists such as Robert Arneson, Alexander Calder, Lois Dodd, Deborah Kass, Elaine de Kooning, Jacob Lawrence, Louise Nevelson, Irving Penn, Robert Rauschenberg, Fritz Scholder, Roger Shimomura, Edward Steichen, and many more.
Elaine de Kooning Self-Portrait (1946) by Elaine de Kooning, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery
Lee Simonson Self-Protrait (c. 1912) by Lee Simonson, Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery