National Portrait Gallery Hangs Maya Angelou Portrait
The National Portrait Gallery in Washington D.C. is joining many others in honoring the life of African-American poet and author Maya Angelou, who passed away at the age of 86 on Wednesday. The Smithsonian installed Ross Rossin’s portrait of Angelou on the gallery’s first floor, an area reserved for memorializing those whose work is in the museum’s collection. It will be on view through June 12. Angelou attended the unveiling of this particular portrait back in April, where she was also interviewed by the director of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art, Johnnetta Betsch Cole.
“One of America’s most important writers and poets, Angelou wrote a series of seven autobiographical novels that are an indelible record of resistance and achievement by African Americans, particularly African American women,” writes the NPG on their website. “Her subject was always her own life, and her autobiographies are not necessarily strictly factual or literally ‘true’ but rather a retelling of emotional truths.”