Portraiture Now: Staging the Self

August 22, 2014 – April 12, 2015
Bear Hair Study by Carlee Fernandez. C-Print, 2004. Courtesy of the artist and ACME, Los Angeles

National Portrait Gallery
8th and F Streets, NW
Washington, DC

1st Floor, South Floor Plan

This bilingual exhibition explores the association between the portrait and identity. The Latino artists represented work in a variety of media: photography, painting, mixed media, and sculpture. However, all are connected through their use of such dramatic tools as exaggeration, the creation of fictional characters, or the staging of narratives to question the idea that portraiture can convey the essence of the sitter. At the same time, they highlight the day-to-day frictions of cultural negotiation.

Presented in collaboration with the Smithsonian Latino Center.