May 08, 2015-Oct 11, 2015

Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA

A dynamic collection of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and videos from SFMOMA.

Organized in partnership with the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA), this exhibition explores how portraiture has evolved from a form of personal identification to a genre as invested in fiction, subversion, stereotype, and fantasy as it is in the description of physical traits.

Featuring more than fifty artworks ranging in date from the early 1920s to our own time, Portraits and Other Likenesses from SFMOMA demonstrates how artists interested in issues of identity have negotiated a vast array of European, African, and American visual-cultural forms to redefine what it means to make a portrait. The carefully selected artworks — many exhibited for the first time as part of SFMOMA’s collection — encompass paintings, sculptures, photography, media art, and installation, including key pieces by Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Romare Bearden, David Hammons, Wifredo Lam, Glenn Ligon, Consuelo Kanaga, Nicole Miller, Chris Ofili, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, Kara Walker, Carrie Mae Weems, and Fred Wilson, among others.