National Portrait Gallery honoring Aretha Franklin with psychedelic ’60s portrait

The Aretha Franklin by Milton Glaser, 1968, Color photolithographic poster, National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution, © Milton Glaser
The Aretha Franklin portrait by Milton Glaser, 1968, Color photolithographic poster. (Courtesy National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, © Milton Glaser)
Aretha Franklin  with  her  Portrait at the  American Portrait Gala in 2015. (Courtesy  of  Angela  Pham  BFA)
Aretha Franklin with her portrait at the American Portrait Gala in 2015. (Courtesy of Angela Pham BFA) (Angela Pham/BFA.com/Angela Pham/BFA.com)
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The Aretha Franklin by Milton Glaser, 1968, Color photolithographic poster, National Portrait Gallery,
Smithsonian Institution, © Milton Glaser
Aretha Franklin  with  her  Portrait at the  American Portrait Gala in 2015. (Courtesy  of  Angela  Pham  BFA)

WASHINGTON — The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is honoring Aretha Franklin, who died Thursday of advanced pancreatic cancer at 76.

On Friday, Franklin’s portrait will be added to the museum’s In Memoriam space on the first floor. It will remain on display through Aug. 22.

Franklin “influenced the course of American soul and pop music” with her signature voice — “unmistakably familiar for its depth, range and emotional power,” the museum said in a news release.

Franklin’s portrait is a lithographic poster by graphic designer Milton Glaser, which he created in 1968 — the same year the National Portrait Gallery opened its doors to the public. Glaser used his “characteristic kaleidoscope palette and innovative geometric forms to conveys the creative energy of Franklin’s performances,” the museum said in the release.

In 2015, the gallery honored Franklin with the “Portrait of a Nation Prize” at the American Portrait Gala. The event recognizes the impressive accomplishments of Americans whose portraits reside in the National Portrait Gallery collection.

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