National Portrait Gallery adds 28 famous faces

(Courtesy National Portrait Gallery)

WASHINGTON — Twenty-eight new faces will line the walls and halls of the Smithsonian’s National Portrait gallery as a new exhibit titled “Recent Acquisitions” opens on Nov. 16.

The new pieces will be added to the gallery’s permanent collection.

This year’s presentation is the latest in an annual series called “Recent Aquisitions” and marks one of the many steps the gallery has taken to focus on inclusion in building its collection, according to a news release.

While the display will feature several renowned individuals—from famed baseball player Alex Rodriguez to former First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy—it will also encourage viewers to learn more about those some may call “hidden figures.”

This year’s selection will highlight influencers in medicine, astronomy, music, literature, art, entertainment and sports with portraits made in a variety of media, including paintings, sculptures, prints, drawings and photographs.

The exhibition will be on view through Nov. 3, 2019.

These new acquisitions join more than 23,000 works in the Portrait Gallery’s collection, which represents individuals who have made a significant impact on the history and culture of the United States.

Included artworks: