Beyoncé Portrait Coming To Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

August 7, 2019
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A Beyoncé portrait is coming to the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. 

The image of the star, which initially appeared on the cover of Vogue magazine, will be added to the gallery’s permanent collection, photographer Tyler Mitchell said in an Instagram post. 

Mitchell became the first African American photographer to shoot the Vogue cover photo. The image first appeared in the magazine’s September 2018 fashion issue. 

“A year ago today we broke the flood gates open,” Mitchell said in the post. “Since then it was important to spend the whole year running through them making sure every piece of the gate was knocked down.”

A year ago today we broke the flood gates open. Since then it was important to spend the whole year running through them making sure every piece of the gate was knocked down. And now I’m glad to share this picture is being acquired into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s permanent collection

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The gallery confirmed it will display the Beyoncé portrait, writing in a tweet that “our mission is to tell the story of America by portraying the people who shape this nation’s history, development, and culture.” 

A spokeswoman for the gallery said it doesn't know when it will be on display.

In response to a tweet asking that question, the gallery said it will “keep everyone posted” and noted it currently has a different Beyoncé photo on display as part of its “20th Century Americans” exhibit. 

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