Smithsonian: “Portraiture Now: Staging the Self”

  • National Portrait Gallery 8th and F Sts NW Washington, DC 20001

“Portraiture Now: Staging the Self”

This new exhibit features the work of six contemporary U.S. Latino artists—David Antonio Cruz, Carlee Fernandez, María Martínez-Cañas, Rachelle Mozman, Karen Miranda Rivadeneira, and Michael Vasquez—who present identities theatrically, in order to rid portraiture of its reassuring tradition that fixes a person in space and time. These artists use their work to focus on personal or family issues, telling stories that they have remembered or imagined from their past, manipulating images of themselves or superimposing portraits of their loved ones on their own. Like actors searching for a character, they are looking both for their unique identity traits and for shared traits. In the process, portraiture loses its feeling of certainty and instead becomes a map for finding oneself and others.

Visitors can view the exhibit through April 12, 2015, at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, located at Eighth and F Streets, NW, in Washington D.C., above the Gallery Place–Chinatown Metrorail station (red, yellow, and green lines).

More information: http://www.npg.si.edu/exhibit/staging/index.html