Look at Me
September 15 – November 4, 2018
Always available to themselves as models, artists have long
produced their own likenesses—as technical exercises, markers
of age, expressions of emotion, manifestos of aesthetic principle
and innovation, boasts of success, and demonstrations of genius.
Whether wry, playful, reflective, melancholy, knowing, arrogant,
self-mocking, vain—the list of modifiers is endless—self-portraits
show their subjects as they wish to be seen. Similarly, artists
have also turned their eyes and materials to creating images of
their peers—at times focusing on distinguishing characteristics
of their styles or processes or personalities. In more conceptual
approaches to portraiture, sitters’ spaces, their words, and their
works and possessions may be presented as the most revelatory
aspects of identity.
This exhibition is presented in the Museum Learning Center.