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DavidsonLearns Presents TRUE LIKENESS: A Conversation about Portraiture

by | Nov 23, 2020 | Arts & Entertainment, DavidsonLearns, Top Left Box

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Portraits serve as expressions of identity, popular taste, social standing and documents of who, when and where. Representing self in the best light or seeing others in understandable terms, are motives behind why we record images of each other for rituals, history, art making and status. How could any genre be more important?  Yet with so many categories of portraiture in our daily lives, this imagery is often taken for granted.

Lia Newman, Director and Curator of the Van Every/Smith Galleries, Davidson College

Tom Stanley, co-presenter, artist, curator, and retired chair, Winthrop University Art Department.











To explore this topic, Newman and Stanley will discuss the college’s latest installation, True Likeness, an exhibition of contemporary portraits from diverse makers, in a variety of media including video, photography, painting, collage, paper cut, sculpture, printmaking, and drawing.

Eighteen artists hail from all over the US, presenting a look into who we are, as a country, in the midst of one of the most divisive elections of our time, and during a time when mask mandates due to the current pandemic have not permitted us to see the faces of others in public spaces.

The exhibit is on view in the Van Every Gallery in the Davidson College Belk Art Center from October 29, 2020 to February 21, 2021.

Participating artists include: Dan Robert Miller, Sam Doyle, Gene Merritt, Chris Sullivan, Bill Thelen, Juan R. Fuentes, Endia Beal, Deborah Roberts, Kameron Neal, Deborah Luster, Wendy Red Star, Antonius-Tin Bui, Raymond Grubb, Holly Keogh, John Monteith, Amir H. Fallah, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Mickalene Thomas.

Event Details
Thursday, December 3 at 4:00 PM
Zoom Meeting:
Meeting ID: 528 235 0917

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