Public Conversation "This Is a Portrait if I Say So"

Saturday, April 6, 2013
5:30 pm

 This Is a Portrait if I Say So” is a public conversation which concludes a curatorial roundtable sponsored by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery is currently developing an exhibition, scheduled to open in 2015, that will examine the rise and evolution of symbolic, abstract, and conceptual portraiture in American art. Spanning one hundred years of American art, the exhibition will explore new ways of thinking about and picturing the self and others. This preparatory event, culminating in a public discussion, will help form the intellectual framework for an exhibition that hopes to reassess the theoretical underpinnings of portraiture as a genre, practice, and social activity over the course of the past century.

This event is convened by Jonathan Frederick Walz, Curator, Cornell Fine Arts Museum; Kathleen Merrill Campagnolo, Independent Curator and Scholar; and Anne Collins Goodyear, Curator of Prints and Drawings, National Portrait Gallery. The event is free and open to the public.