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

February 3, 2017

Exhibition
“The Face of Battle: Americans at War, 9/11 to Now”
April 7, 2017, through May 7, 2018

Where
National Portrait Gallery
Eighth and F streets N.W.

Summary
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, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture and Latino Art and History Taína Caragol, Associate Curator of Painting and Sculpture Dorothy Moss and Associate Curator of Prints, Drawings and Media Arts Asma Naeem.

The National Portrait Gallery

La Galería Nacional de Retratos del Smithsonian nos cuenta la historia multifacética de Estados Unidos a través de personas que dieron forma a nuestra cultura. A través de las artes visuales, las artes escénicas y los medios nuevos, la Galería de Retratos retrata poetas y presidentes, visionarios y villanos, actores y activistas cuyas vidas cuentan la historia de Estados Unidos.

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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