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Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter

Artwork from Portraits of Encounter

August 12, 2011 through
October 14, 2012
11:30 a.m. — 7:00 p.m. daily

Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets NW
Washington, DC 20001
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Metro: Gallery Place-Chinatown
Free admission

This installation of Portraiture Now will feature seven artists, each of whom will show several works. The artists are:

  • Cindy Hwang (CYJO), New York, Beijing
  • Hye Yeon Nam, Atlanta and New York
  • Shizu Saldamando, Los Angeles
  • Roger Shimomura, Lawrence, KS
  • Satomi Shirai, New York
  • Tam Tran, Memphis, TN
  • Hong Chun Zhang, Lawrence, KS

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery (NPG) and the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program have collaborated to mount the Smithsonian’s first major showcase of contemporary Asian American portraiture. Through the work of seven artists from across the country and around the world, the exhibition offers thought-provoking interpretations of the Asian American experience and representations against and beyond the stereotypes that have obscured the complexity of being Asian in America.

Hallway at NPG where the Asian American Portraits of Encounter exhibition begins.

Hallway at NPG where the exhibition begins.

To visit the exhibition, go to the museum lobby located on 8th and F Streets NW. The exhibition is located in the first hallway on your right.

“The Portraiture Now exhibition series showcases innovative trends in portraiture,” said Martin Sullivan, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “Portraiture Now: Asian American Portraits of Encounter is a provocative and pathbreaking show that affirms the complex realities of Asian identity in today’s culture.”

“These exceptional works are portals into the souls of the American experience, world cultures and their intersections,” said Konrad Ng, director of the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Program. “Asian American Portraits of Encounter provides engaging points of view that will enrich the understanding of Asian Pacific America.”

Click to visit NPG's website for the exhibit

Click to visit NPG's website for the exhibit

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