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Being Human: Portraits from the Permanent Collection

August 25, 2020November 18, 2020 EDT

Shaffer Art Building

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Through portraiture, this exhibition brings art together from vastly different time periods and culturesincluding many works that have never been on view and a number that are recent museum purchases. In place of traditional display organizing these works chronologically or geographically, artwork is juxtaposed to disrupt traditional interpretations and encourage new dialogues. This presentation draws out the nuances of portraiture throughout time and place, showing its role in reinforcing or critiquing power, exploring or crafting identity, and expressing the influence of one’s community. It also challenges our accepted expectation of what form a portrait takes by including ceremonial objects, documentary photographs, and abstract paintings. Through this approach, the exhibition aims to foster new interpretationof the permanent collection, expanding discussions about portraiture and its attempts to capture the essence of what it means to be human 

This exhibition was installed to promote social distancing with increased space between artworks and minimal wall text. A virtual version of this exhibition including supplementary exhibition text is available to all on our website For additional information on online exhibitions and programming, follow our social media platforms Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @SUArtMuseum.  And don’t forget to tag us on your posts using #SUArtMuseum!  

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This event was published on August 25, 2020.

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