Beyond Likeness: Mapping the Self is an exhibition of portraiture that will be on display in the Oscar F. and Louise Greiner Mayer Gallery at the Chazen Museum of Art from February 19 to April 3.
Curated by Barbara Buenger, University of Wisconsin Art History professor, and her Fall 2015 Curatorial Studies students, the exhibition challenges preconceived ideas about portraiture. Traditionally, portraits depict one or more humans who also exist in the real world with its purpose to tell viewers something about its subject. Over time, however, the definition of portraiture has become more fluid.
Pablo Picasso, Kiki Smith, Elizabeth Catlett and Chuck Close, among many other artists featured in the show, use abstraction, blocking of personality, political influence and various artistic methods to go beyond the traditional definition. The works are purposefully diverse in geographic origin, artistic medium and year created to give a well-rounded perspective on portraiture.
Exhibition visitors will have the unique experience of simultaneously looking at art and having it look back. Prepare to be confronted with thought provoking concepts and some fantastic works of art.
Photo: Mary Ellen Mark, Roy Cohn with American Flag, from the portfolio In America, 1986.