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The small exhibition spotlighting the National Portrait Gallery’s collection of daguerreotypes—the earliest publicly available photographic process—timed to coincide with the museum’s 50th anniversary, initially seems repetitive coming after daguerreotype-driven exhibitions in the same space during the past two summers. Fortunately, the newest showcase, Daguerreotypes: Five Decades of Collecting, offers some small, shiny gems, befitting the photographic technique itself. Some faces will be familiar, such as P.T. Barnum and Tom Thumb, newly re-famous thanks to The Greatest Showman, and Henry David Thoreau. Many, though, are not. Most of the portraits are on the larger side, and where visual clarity is concerned, bigger daguerreotypes are better. Piano-maker Jonas Chickering is seen in a side view surrounded by a halo, Seneca chief Governor Blacksnake is shown with a shock of white hair, and Gaetano Bedini, an Italian archbishop who visited the United States in the 1850s, is depicted with a remarkably lifelike chiaroscuro. Five decades of collecting these ancient photos has proven fruitful. Read more>>> The exhibition is on view to June 2, 2019 at the National Portrait Gallery, 8th and F Streets NW. Free. (202) 633-8300. npg.si.edu. (Louis Jacobson)
OH AND ALSO
The Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater presents Ain’t Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptations, a new musical showcasing the rise of the legendary R&B group. 8 p.m. at 2700 F St. NW. $59–$175.
Norfolk psychedelic rock band Super Doppler performs at Union Stage. 7:30 p.m. at 740 Water St. SW. $15.
The Vagrant Trilogy, a production which chronicles the lives of members of a displaced Palestinian family spanning four decades, nears the end of its run at the Atlas Performing Arts Center. 7 p.m. at 1333 H St. NE. $20–$60.
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