Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar featured in "Unseen" at the National Portrait Gallery, DC

Mar 23 2018 - Jan 27 2019


National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Insitution
8th St NW & F St NW,
Washington ,

Opening Reception:

Mar 23 2018

For Out of Place, Gonzales-Day photographed object in the collections of the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of Natural History, National Portrait Gallery, and American Art Museum as part of a photographic exploration of portraiture, but unlike a conventional portrait exhibition, these portraits are of people the artist never met. They are portraits from our Nation’s past that the artist has created by searching for historic casts, busts, and other likenesses held in three museums at the Smithsonian Institution. In looking through the historic collections of these museums, Gonzales-Day was able to create a “portrait” of a very different kind than is normally featured at the National Portrait Gallery because it can also be seen, not only as a portrait of a museum, but more importantly, the exhibition paints a particular picture of our our Nation’s past. 

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