The National Portrait Gallery. A collection of photographs of iconic figures in American popular culture, it featured wonderful images of people like Jimi Hendrix, Debby Harry, Patti Smith, and Lou Reed. It was very enjoyable.
The Gallery press writes: "Cool is a supreme compliment that evokes people who exude rebellious
self-expression, charisma, edge, and mystery. It is an original American
sensibility and remains a global obsession. In the early 1940s,
legendary jazz saxophonist Lester Young brought this central African
American concept into the modern vernacular, and it became a password in
bohemian life connoting a balanced state of mind, a laid-back artistic
mode of performance, a certain stylish stoicism. Cool has been embodied
in such jazz musicians as Miles Davis, Billie Holiday, and Dizzy
Gillespie; in such actors as Louise Brooks, Robert Mitchum, and Steve
McQueen; in such rock and rollers as Elvis Presley, Jimi Hendrix, and
Patti Smith; and in many others from the worlds of literature, art,
comedy, sports, and political activism. American Cool refers to those
who have contributed an original artistic vision to American culture
symbolic of a given historical moment."