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“The Face of Battle, Americans at War, 9/11 to Now”

January 1, 2017

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“The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now”

April 7, 2017, through Jan. 28, 2018


National Portrait Gallery

Eighth and F streets N.W.


The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery will present “The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now,” an exhibition focused on the psychological impact and consequences of modern warfare on those who serve. The multimedia collection will include more than 50 objects focused on capturing and conveying the reality of the modern soldier within the context of a culture that has, in many ways, normalized warfare.

The exhibition is a continuation of the “Portraiture Now” series, devoted to bringing visibility to formal developments in the field of portraiture. Six featured artists offer an emotional and psychological perspective of battle and its consequences: Ashley Gilbertson, Tim Hetherington, Louie Palu, Stacy Pearsall, Emily Prince and Vincent Valdez. The curators for this exhibition are Senior Historian and Director of Scholarly Programs David C. Ward, Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Latino Art and History Taína Caragol, Curator of Painting and Sculpture Dorothy Moss and Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Media Arts Asma Naeem.

The National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000. Website: npg.si.edu. Connect with the museum at Facebook, Instagram, blog, Twitter and YouTube.

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Marielba Alvarez 
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Evanne Allen 
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