National Portrait Gallery celebrates 50th anniversary with new exhibition

The National Portrait Gallery unveils a new exhibition celebrating its 50th anniversary, titled "UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar".

The National Portrait Gallery is continuing its 50th anniversary celebration with a new exhibition that puts a spotlight on people missing in historical portraiture.

The exhibit is titled "Unseen: Our Past in a New Light: Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar". It's a continuation of the Portraiture Now series. The exhibit has an emphasis on people of color, specifically African Americans, Native Americans and Latino Americans in past American art pieces, by attempting to retell history by including those they believe were left out.

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“Most early American portraits represent white men who owned land and could vote,” said National Portrait Gallery Director Kim Sajet. “As a result, our country’s visual history—and consequently its very identity—has largely been shaped by those in power. ‘UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light’ presents the perspectives of two leading contemporary artists who use powerful art as a way to reframe history.”

The public is welcome to participate in a discussion with the artists on Thursday, March 22, from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.