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American Cool

What do we mean when we say someone is "cool"? From Dizzy Gillespie to Marlon Brando to Kurt Cobain, some figures define and embody the elusive qualities we associate with the concept. An exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery explores the essence of cool through photographs of 100 Americans who possess the charisma, style and originality to become cultural icons.

What Is Cool?

"American Cool," at the National Portrait Gallery through Sept. 7, explores pioneers of our culture through iconic photographs.

Take a look at some of the portraits featured in the show in the photo gallery below.

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