DO YOU SEE WHAT I SEE? The Katonah Museum of Art presents Eye To I ... 3,000 Years of Portraits,
October 27, 2013 through February 16, 2014
This exhibition represents diverse cultures and span more than 3,000 years of history and art. Eye to I... 3,000 years of Portraits is not intended as an encyclopedic account of portraiture; rather, it will use portraits to explore the myriad ways that individuals look at and understand imagery. Each of the 60 portraits on display will offer interpretive copy from a range of individuals—scholars, teachers, actors, doctors, politicians, art collectors, and community members—explicating the work from their personal perspective. Visitors will be invited to add their own responses as well.
The conceptual framework for this show is based on the premise that in art, as in life, there is no single piece with a meaning that is objective, value-neutral, or accessible to all. The importance assigned to an art object corresponds to the viewers’ perspectives, which vary according to language, culture, socialization, education, and other aspects of their personal histories. The portrait genre in particular presents multiple layers of interpretation and represents a broad sampling of eras, media, and artistic periods.
Photo caption: Louis-Leopold Boilly, Grimacing Man (Self-Portrait), ca. 1822-23. Black chalk with touches of white and red chalk on light brown (formally blue) wove paper. 9.75 x 7.75 inches. Private collection. Photo: Margaret Fox