Chief Curator and Curator of Painting and Sculpture, National Portrait Gallery
Dr. Brandon Brame Fortune has worked at the National Portrait Gallery since 1987. Her primary research areas have been in 18th- and 19th-century American portraiture, including the work of Charles Willson Peale, and women portraitists of the later 19th century. She has published numerous articles on these subjects. In 1999, she was co-curator of the NPG exhibition Franklin & His Friends: Portraying the Man of Science in Eighteenth-Century America and author of the accompanying publication.
For the last ten years, she has been researching contemporary portraiture, and was the Gallery’s coordinator for the Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition in 2006 and in 2009. She was a co-curator for Recognize! Hip Hop and Contemporary Portraiture (NPG, 2008). She is also the chair of the NPG curatorial team charged with creating the Portraiture Now series of exhibitions. Currently, Dr. Fortune is a co-curator for NPG’s upcoming exhibition, Face Value: Portraiture in the Age of Abstraction.
Dr. Fortune received an M.A. and Ph.D. in art history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Eames Armstrong • Nekisha Durrett • Rachel Farbiarz • Clarity Haynes • Jeff Huntington • Kate McGraw • Sonia Paulino • Susana Raab • Shelley Spector • Ian Whitmore