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About Face

Self-Portraiture in Contemporary Art

January 31, 2015, through July 19, 2015
Chuck Close, Self-Portrait Screenprint 2012

Chuck Close, Self-Portrait Screenprint 2012, 2012, silkscreen in 246 colors. Edition of 80. Published by Pace Editions, Inc. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Mrs. Harvey P. Hood W’18 Fund; 2014.12. © Chuck Close, courtesy Pace Gallery. Photograph courtesy Pace Prints.

Jeff Wall

Jeff Wall, Double Self-Portrait, 1979, from the portfolio The Renaissance Society, negative 1979; print 2011, inkjet print mounted on archival board. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through gifts by exchange, including gifts from Morton D. May, Class of 1936; Mrs. Walter L. Weil; Vernon F. West, Class of 1909; Sarah Branch Jackson Coonley Morgan Doyle, daughter of Robert Jackson, Class of 1900; 2014.26.12. Courtesy of the artist. 

Nikki S. Lee, The Ohio Project

Nikki S. Lee, The Ohio Project, 1999, Fujiflex print. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Elizabeth and David C. Lowenstein ’67 Fund; 2007.59. © Nikki S. Lee 

Wendy Red Star, Spring from The Four Seasons series

Wendy Red Star, Spring from The Four Seasons series, negative 2006; print July 1, 2014, archival pigment print on Museo silver rag on dibond. Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Purchased through the Acquisition and Preservation of Native American Art Fund; 2014.50.3. © Wendy Red Star 

Organized in collaboration with Studio Art majors from Dartmouth's Class of 2015, this exhibition explores the continued relevance and global diversity of self-portraiture in contemporary art. While self-portraiture has traditionally engaged with direct observation and autobiography, contemporary artists have begun to question the value and integrity of authorship and a coherent artistic identity through the use of disguise, impersonation, and assumed personae.

About Face explores the various approaches that contemporary artists have used to investigate identity as a culturally constructed phenomenon and will include works by such notable practitioners as Chuck Close, Susanna Coffey, Rineke Dijkstra, Marit Følstad, Nikki S. Lee, Sarah McEneaney, Nomusa Makhubu, Bruce Nauman, Wendy Red Star, Cindy Sherman, Kiki Smith, Christian Thompson, and Jeff Wall.

This exhibition is organized by the Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, and was generously supported by the Charles Gilman Family Endowment.
Curated by Michael R. Taylor, Director
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