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Gallery Talk: Intersections

March 9, 2018
Meet in Griffin Court
Free with museum admission

The theme for this month’s Intersections is the Relevance of Portraiture.

The recent unveiling of Barack and Michelle Obama’s official portraits prompted impassioned critique and celebration, calling attention to the ongoing currency of portraiture in relation to questions of identity, representation, agency, and artistic expression. This month’s Intersections will consider works in the exhibition, Dress Codes: Portrait Photographs from the Collection, to explore how viewers — as well as the artist and sitter — shape the meaning of a portrait.

In this interactive series, the Art Institute’s encyclopedic collection serves as a catalyst for conversations about urgent social questions and current events. Come ready to participate and create community through dialogue about art. Facilitators select featured artworks and post them here in advance of each discussion in order to be responsive to an ever-changing world.    

Visit the calendar to view upcoming Intersections programs on the second Friday of each month.

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Zanele Muholi. Bakhambile Skhosana, Natalspruit, from the series Faces and Phases, 2010. Artworker’s Retirement Society.