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In Mid-Sentence at the National Portrait Gallery

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Photographs are often replete with words that remain unheard. “In Mid-Sentence” presents a selection of photographs from the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s collection that depict moments of communication: intimate confessions, public speeches, exchanged jokes, political confrontations, lectures and more. Photographs featured in this exhibition encapsulate pivotal moments, such as John F. Kennedy’s televised speech for the 1960 Democratic National Convention or Walter Cronkite’s clandestine 1971 meeting with Daniel Ellsberg at the time of the publication of the “Pentagon Papers.” The exhibition provides the missing script for these otherwise silent voices, granting another means for understanding these interactions by placing them within their socio-historical contexts. The exhibition is curated by Leslie Ureña, associate curator of photographs, National Portrait Gallery.

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Jackie Robinson

National Portrait Gallery

Huey Newton

National Portrait Gallery

Diane Arbus

National Portrait Gallery

Murray Gell-Mann

National Portrait Gallery

Mercedes Matter and Philip Guston

National Portrait Gallery

Althea Gibson

National Portrait Gallery

John F. Kennedy

National Portrait Gallery

Joseph McCarthy and Roy Cohn

National Portrait Gallery

Lotte Jacobi and Barbara Morgan

National Portrait Gallery

Hans Hofmann

National Portrait Gallery

Angela Davis

National Portrait Gallery

Muhammad Ali

National Portrait Gallery

Martin Luther King, Jr.

National Portrait Gallery

Margaret Mead

National Portrait Gallery

Julian Bond (with Leroy Johnson)

National Portrait Gallery

George Bush

National Portrait Gallery

Lee Strasberg and Morris Carnovsky

National Portrait Gallery

Lyndon Johnson and Theodore Green

National Portrait Gallery

Mercury Seven Astronauts

National Portrait Gallery

Nelson Rockefeller and Ronald Reagan

National Portrait Gallery

Julian Bond (with Leroy Johnson)

National Portrait Gallery