U.S. portrait gallery acquires picture of Katy Perry
Katy Perry arrives at MOCA's 35th Anniversary Gala presented by Louis Vuitton at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA on Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Los Angeles. (Invision / Annie I. Bang)
The Associated Press
Published Wednesday, May 21, 2014 7:42PM EDT
WASHINGTON -- Singer-songwriter Katy Perry is getting an honour usually reserved for later in life. Her portrait is joining the collection at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington.
The museum said Wednesday that a 2010 portrait of Perry by artist Will Cotton, entitled "Cupcake Katy," will go on view beginning June 18. It will be part of a rotating display of recently acquired portraits. The tongue-in-cheek picture depicts Perry as a cupcake.
Perry previously collaborated with Cotton on the design for her "California Girls" music video.
Museum Director Kim Sajet (Sayet) says Perry comes from a tradition of strong women entertainers who challenge their supposedly superficial pop personas. She says on closer look, Perry is a complex figure.
Other pop stars in the Smithsonian collection include Beyonce, Madonna and Michael Jackson.