On view in the Van Deren Coke Gallery
February 21 – May 23, 2015
with an opening reception, Friday, February 20, 6 – 8 pm
preceded by a members’ preview at 5 pm*
Curated by Art History graduate and undergraduate students at the University of New Mexico, under the direction of Susanne Anderson-Riedel, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Modern European Art
The Changing Face of Portraiture explores the ways prints and photographs from the seventeenth through nineteenth centuries promoted and manipulated identities in Europe and the United States while writing its histories. Identities are malleable, constructed by both the artist and sitter. Looking at the physical nature and the use of printed portraits, this exhibit reflects on how these images constructed public and private personas.
Conventionally, portraits reflect the likeness of people. This exhibit challenges this customary view, asking: What is the role of portraiture? What are the parameters that define a portrait? The selection of images exhibited in the gallery proposes the understanding of portraiture primarily as a reflection of identity, which can be attributed to people, but also to monuments and regions.
*members’ previews are open to Sustaining Members and higher of the UNM Art Museum
André-Adolphe-Eugène Disdéri (French, 1819-1889) Comte D’Assailly (detail), 1859, Uncut albumen print cartes-de-visite, Gift from the collection of David Dalgarno and Brenda Hochberg, 99.30.23, Photograph Courtesy of Geistlight Photography