Eye to I: Self-Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery

Exhibit Details

October 24, 2020 - January 17, 2021
Eldredge, Spratlen, Armstrong, and Hartman Galleries

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.

The exhibition was curated by Brandon Brame Fortune, Chief Curator Emerita at the National Portrait Gallery.

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Program Details


A photograph of a black woman on a red background. Her eyes are closed and her face is painted with
A text logo for the National Potrait Gallery with the words stacked horizontally in black and white

The exhibition has been organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C. and supported in part by Mr. and Mrs. Michael H. Podell.

María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Untitled from the series When I am not Here, Estoy alla, 1996, dye diffusion transfer print, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; gift of Julia P. and Horacio Herzberg © María M. Campos-Pons.

Support for the Springfield Art Museum’s hosting of this exhibition has been provided in part by the Melinda J. McDaniel Charitable Trust.