Marilyn Monroe at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s “Recognize”

A portrait of Marilyn Monroe will be installed in the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s “Recognize” space, Jan. 22, 2016. The museum’s historians and curators selected three actresses’ portraits for voters to choose from—Rita Hayworth, Marilyn Monroe and Mae West—three fan favorites who, despite long acting careers, never received Oscar nominations.

Philippe Halsman’s photograph of her will be on view on the “Recognize” wall, near the north entrance of the museum, through March 6, 2016.


Marilyn Monroe by Philippe Halsman, gelatin silver print, 1952, National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution © Philippe Halsman Archive

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the multifaceted story of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C.


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