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Face Forward: Portraits from the American Collection
April 17, 2009 - September 13, 2009
Halford Gallery
Bernard and Barbro Osher Gallery
"Edwin Denby", 1964 by Alex Katz, American, born 1927, oil on masonite, Gift of Walter K. Gutman, Class of 1924, 1966.30
If “the image is never identity,” as one art historian has noted, then what is it?  Face Forward surveys the American collection for representations of individuals both traditional and unorthodox. Among the works on view in this exhibition are portrait miniatures, eighteenth-century profiles drawn with a physiognotrace, Andy Warhol Polaroids, and a “symbolic” portrait by Robert Indiana. 
 "Portrait of A. Bryan Wall", 1904 by Thomas Eakins, American, 1844-1916, Oil on canvas, Museum Purchase, George Otis Hamlin Fund, 1962.16
"Self-Portrait", 1978 by Jim Dine, American, born 1935, etching, aquatint, and drypoint , Museum Purchase, 1979.2