Media Advisory- Press preview for “Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

Media only:          Concetta Duncan  (202) 633-9989, duncanc@si.edu

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Media Advisory

WHAT:          Press preview for “Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today

WHEN:          Thursday, Nov. 1

                        10–11:30 a.m        

WHERE:       Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery

                        Eighth and G streets N.W.

WHO:           Brandon Brame Fortune, chief curator, National Portrait Gallery

The National Portrait Gallery announces “Eye to I: Self-Portraits from 1900 to Today,” an exhibition exploring how artists have approached self-representation and depiction through portraiture since the beginning of the last century. At a time when countless “selfies” are posted on social media channels and identity is proving to be more and more fluid, the museum will present a variety of self-portraits that raise important questions about self-perception and self-reflection. The exhibition will be on view Nov. 2 through Aug. 18, 2019.

“Eye to I” will feature more than 75 artworks encompassing tiny caricatures, wall-sized photographs, colorful pastels, watercolors, dramatic paintings and time-based media. The exhibition will include self-portraits by prominent figures in the history of portraiture, such as Berenice Abbott, Josef Albers, Richard Avedon, Jean-Michel Basquiat, Thomas Hart Benton, Patricia Cronin, Imogen Cunningham, Elaine de Kooning, Walker Evans, Tsuguharu Foujita, Joan Jonas, Jacob Lawrence, Nickolas Muray, Alice Neel, Louise Nevelson, Faith Ringgold, Diego Rivera, Lucas Samaras, Fritz Scholder, Roger Shimomura, Shahzia Sikander, Ralph Steiner, Andy Warhol, Martin Wong and Beatrice Wood.

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National Portrait Gallery

The Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery tells the history of America through the individuals who have shaped its culture. Through the visual arts, performing arts and new media, the Portrait Gallery portrays poets and presidents, visionaries and villains, actors and activists whose lives tell the American story.

The National Portrait Gallery is part of the Donald W. Reynolds Center for American Art and Portraiture at Eighth and F streets N.W., Washington, D.C. Smithsonian Information: (202) 633-1000. Website: npg.si.edu. Follow the museum on social media at @NPGFacebookYouTubeInstagramand Tumblr.

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