I Dream a World: Selections from Brian Lanker's Portraits of Remarkable Black Women: Part II

Althea Gibson by Brian Lanker. Gelatin silver print, 1988. National Portrait Gallery. Partial gift of Lynda Lanker and museum purchase made possible with support from Robert E. Meyerhoff and Rheda Becker, Agnes Gund, Kate Kelly and George Schweitzer, Lyndon J. Barrois Sr. and Janine Sherman Barrois, and Mark and Cindy Aron. © Brian Lanker Archive

February 10, 2023 – September 10, 2023
National Portrait Gallery
8th and G Streets, NW
Washington, DC

The Portrait Gallery recently acquired all 75 portraits from the Pulitzer-Prize winning photographer’s series and is celebrating the acquisition with a two-part exhibition. Like the first installation, the second features portraits of women who have made significant contributions to the arts, activism, literature, politics, and sports, among other disciplines. Subjects include portraits of Althea Gibson, Odetta, Cicely Tyson and Oprah Winfrey. I Dream a World is co-curated by Ann Shumard, senior curator of photographs, and Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw, former senior historian and director of history, research and scholarly programs.