Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery

Nearly 60 works of art from the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery are coming to Pittsburgh as part of a dynamic new exhibition opening in Spring 2020 at the History Center.

It’s one of the largest loans of artwork ever issued by the prestigious National Portrait Gallery, which is the only museum in the U.S. dedicated solely to portraiture and draws more than 1.1 million visitors per year.

The Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh: Works from the National Portrait Gallery exhibition at the History Center will feature original paintings, sketches, and prints that showcase notable Americans with Pittsburgh connections who exemplify the innovations, challenges, and motivations that have shaped this region and our nation.

More than just paintings on a wall, the Portraits of Pittsburgh exhibition will examine how portraiture identifies and questions changing beliefs about who is important in American culture and will explore how such individuals shaped the world in which we live today.

The Smithsonian’s Portraits of Pittsburgh exhibition will also feature family-friendly interactives, including a virtual portrait studio, along with select artifacts and paintings from the History Center’s collection.

The exhibit is on display through Oct. 4, 2020.