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Sitting for History: Exploring Self-Identity through Portraiture
General Event Information
Art & Museum Exhibits
Dates and Times:
August 3, 2013-January 12, 2014, 12:00-12:00AM
On view August 3, 2013 through January 12, 2014, the exhibition includes more than 60 works selected from the museum’s collection and explores ways that our public and private identities are created by ourselves and by others.
Sitting for History includes everything from paintings by Pierre August Renoir, Sir Henry Raeburn, and Ebba Rapp to portraits by Chuck Close, William Cumming, and Dorothy Dolph Jensen, the photography of Steve Davis and Mary Randlett, sculpture by Dan Webb, jewelry by Ken Cory and Kiff Slemmons, and glass art by Walter Lieberman.
“In our social-media-driven environment, people are facing issues with controlling their public image,” said Margaret Bullock, Curator of Collections and Special Exhibitions at Tacoma Art Museum. “This exhibition challenges people to take a minute and contemplate the hows and whys of portraits both past and present to help us better understand the images that others share of themselves and how we choose to depict ourselves.”
Visitors will have the chance to sit at a drawing table in the gallery and sketch their own portraits or those of friends and family with the help of a mirror and frame attached to the table. Visitors are also encouraged to make digital portraits at the table using their camera phones and then upload them to Twitter or Facebook tagged with #SittingForHistory.