A Portrait of Dr. Anthony Fauci

by Hugo Crosthwaite
Stop-motion drawing animation and 19 drawings, 2022
Duration: 4:59 min. (Detail: each clip is 30 secs to represent work)

As the top U.S. expert on infectious diseases, Dr. Anthony Fauci led the country’s response to COVID-19. He formulated strategies to control and prevent the spread of the virus and oversaw research that eventually led to effective vaccines. Serving as director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases at the National Institutes of Health since 1984, Fauci has been a key advisor to seven presidential administrations. He has overseen myriad initiatives to bolster medical and public health preparedness for emerging infectious diseases.

Artist Hugo Crosthwaite, who won first prize in the National Portrait Gallery’s fifth triennial Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition (2019), incorporated scientific illustrations, images from popular culture, and art historical references to create a dynamic portrait of Dr. Fauci. Through stop-motion drawing animation, Crosthwaite examines the career of this singular scientist and public servant, who managed two of the gravest health crises in recent history: HIV/AIDS and COVID-19.

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution. Acquired through the generosity of Anonymous; Michael Hollander; Walter and Patricia Moore

Animation frame of Dr. Fauci's faceAnimation frame of a crowd holding signsAnimation frame with several people and the text Act Up Act NowAnimation frame of a woman with her lungs exposed and several people around her wearing masksAnimation frame of several people wearing medical garb and masksBlack and white animation frame of several angry looking people

Above: selected drawings from the animation