Explore! with Portrait Gallery – National Portrait Gallery

“What is a portrait?” “How do I see myself?” and “How do others see me?”


We collaborated with Explore! Children’s Museum and the Smithsonian to create the first space dedicated to children in the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Explore! with Portrait Gallery is a family friendly, dual-­language exhibition that explores portraiture through hands-­on activities and interactive experiences. It allows kids to answer questions such as “What is a portrait?” “How do I see myself?” and “How do others see me?” Visitors will be able to trace each other’s silhouettes, experiment with expression and emotion by building faces out of illustrated blocks, and strike a pose for a projected video art piece titled Silly Faces©. Silly Faces©, designed and fabricated by Amanda Long and the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, is an interactive video installation where visitors can upload a 5-second video of themselves making a silly face using a ‘photo booth’ style arcade. Designed for children ages 18 months to 8 years old and overall encourages visitors to think about how they see themselves and how they see others.

This exhibit opened in early 2017 within the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery.

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