Face to Face

Muva
Acrylic, flashe and fabric on canvas
44″ x 62″
2016

Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture
July 12 – October 1, 2017

Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture
July 12 – October 1, 2017

Face to Face: Los Angeles Collects Portraiture
July 12 – October 1, 2017
curated by: Naima J. Keith, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, CAAM, and Diana Nawi, Associate Curator, Pérez Art Museum Miami.
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The earliest work in this exhibition is Lyle Ashton Harris’s ironically titled black-and-white photograph, Miss America (1987–88), which depicts a woman sitting for a formal studio portrait wearing white face and draped in an American flag. The photograph establishes many of the key tenets that the artists on view here have continued to explore over the past thirty years, using the human figure to trenchantly address questions of identity, belonging, performance, and representation.

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