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AIDS Research Pioneer Dr. Krim Joins Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery

Mathilde Krim

Benjamin Franklin, Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, Margaret Sanger, and more have their likenesses displayed in the hallowed halls of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. With a good many of America’s most important statesmen, artists, scientists, sportsmen, and activists recognized, it seems fitting that Dr. Mathilde Krim, AIDS researcher and amfAR founding chairman, will have her visage on display. Two photographic portraits — one by Annie Leibovitz and one by Joyce Tenneson (pictured above) — will be in the collection, but only the Leibovitz will be on display beginning this fall.

“It is a great honor to include Dr. Mathilde Krim’s portraits in our collection not only because of her invaluable contribution to this country in science, but also for her tireless work in AIDS research and awareness,” Kim Sajet, director of the museum, said in a release. “We are continually working to build the Portrait Gallery’s collection to reflect American achievement by highlighting those who make a difference in the U.S., and Dr. Krim is an exemplar in her field.”

Tenneson’s portrait, which she included in her 2002 book, Wise Women: A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage, and Beauty, depicts Dr. Krim wearing her Presidential Medal of Freedom, which she received in 2000.  

The Leibovitz portrait of Krim will debut November 6 in the gallery’s 2015 Recent Acquisitions exhibition opening and joins 22,000 other works in the Portrait Gallery's collection.

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