One Life: Amelia Earhart
June 29, 2012 through May 27, 2013, at The National Portrait Gallery Washington, D.C
I chose to fly the Atlantic because I wanted to. It was, in a measure, a self-justification—a proving to me, and to anyone else interested, that a woman with adequate experience could do it.
—Amelia Earhart, The Fun of It, 1932
Amelia Earhart achieved international celebrity status as the first women to cross the Atlantic Ocean in an airplane. In the years after this flight in 1928, “Lady Lindy” set a series of aviation records before disappearing during a flight over the Pacific in 1937. While her achievement as an aviator is legendary, her commitment to women’s rights is less well known. “One Life: Amelia Earhart” will tell the story of her remarkable life and career, focusing particular attention on her role in breaking barriers for women.
Timed to coincide with the 75th anniversary of her disappearance, this one-room exhibition will bring together a selection of portraits of Earhart in all artistic mediums, many of which are in the collections of the National Portrait Gallery and the National Museum of Air and Space. Visitors will also be able to see rare vintage film and audio excerpts of Earhart on a special video kiosk in the gallery. The exhibition curator is associate curator of photographs, Frank H. Goodyear III. via The National Portrait Museum