Dr. Mathilde Krim to Be Represented in the National Portrait Gallery
In recognition of her leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS, the National Portrait Gallery has accepted two photographic portraits of amfAR Founding Chairman Dr. Mathilde Krim into its permanent collection. Located in Washington, D.C., the museum chronicles the United States’ rich history through paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, and new media depicting its most remarkable citizens.
“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,” said Kim Sajet, director of the National Portrait Gallery. “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.”
The portraits, by leading American photographers Annie Leibovitz and Joyce Tenneson, will join those of a diverse group of individuals who have risen to prominence in their fields of endeavor. The National Portrait Gallery was established by an Act of Congress in 1962 and opened to the public in 1968. Part of the Smithsonian Institution, its charter is to collect and display portraits of "men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the people of the United States."