The Bowdoin College Museum of Art exhibition 'This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today' comprising more than sixty abstract, symbolic, and conceptual portraits is a "valuable learning experience," according to a review in The Wall Street Journal.
Bowdoin College Museum of Art’s big summer/fall exhibition gathers a collection of portraits from 1912 to today that do not fit the conventional notion of portraiture. Not one of the show’s pieces relies upon a recognizable face, with two eyes, a nose, and a mouth, to convey identity.
The Museum is currently exhibiting a rarely seen pastel portrait by John Singleton Copley, arguably the greatest portrait painter of colonial America. For the Bowdoin community, this opportunity is even more special, since the portrait depicts Elizabeth Bowdoin, James Bowdoin’s older sister
"This Is a Portrait If I Say So: Identity in American Art, 1912 to Today" investigates evolving concepts of identity through works from early 20th century through today by artists such as Marsden Hartley, Charles Demuth, Robert Rauschenberg, Yoko Ono, Glenn Ligon, Roni Horn, and more.