I went back to the National Portrait Gallery (in the National American Art Museum), this time for a curated tour of “Blacklist“, a series of 50 portraits of notable African Americans, spanning sports, entertainment, the fine arts, politics, and policy. First, how fancy did I feel walking around with a private curated tour? As I joined the group, one of the guides said “I”m sorry, this is a private tour.” And I replied “Oh, I know. I’m with ——.” Oh, what now?
A large part of what makes the portraits so arresting is the size and quality of the image. There is an amazing sense of realism, Standing in front of the portraits, I felt like I was having a silent conversation with each one. If you can, see the exhibit. If you can’t, the website does a far better job showing the portraits than my camera does.