January 12 – March 1, 2008
Opening reception January 12, 6:30 – 8:30 pm
curated by Phyllis Rosenzweig
Portraits includes the work of contemporary photographers, Chan CHAO, Rineke DIJKSTRA, Zwelethu MTHETHWA, Collier SCHORR, Malick SIDIBE, Alec SOTH, and Beat STREULI.
The show previews new work by Chan CHAO and includes a large-scale window installation by Beat STREULI.
Rosenzweig writes in her essay for the show, “The artists in this exhibition plumb various, even contradictory, conventions in the history of portraiture and photography - the formal portrait, the ethnographic study, and the snapshot - and stand them on their heads. In doing so they create images that are often formally beautiful yet also disconcerting. Difficult to read, they deny traditional expectations of what a portrait should be while, ironically, confirming its most traditional, ceremonial function.”
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