Over 200 Years of Portraiture in One Exhibition / Hyperallergic

Lev Melikhov , “Igor Makarevich” (1980s), gelatin silver print, Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (photo by Peter Jacobs) (all images courtesy of Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University)

Lev Melikhov , “Igor Makarevich” (1980s), gelatin silver print, Collection Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University (photo by Peter Jacobs) (all images courtesy of Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University)

There’s never a bad time to take a selfie, although bathroom stalls are the ideal location. The self-portrait takes more planning, posing, and consideration, but, like the selfie, it will forever serve as a mirrored reflection of its moment. Striking Resemblance: The Changing Art of Portraiture at Rutger University’s Zimmerli Art Museum considers some 200 years (c. 1800 to the present) of the portrait’s history in mediums two-, three- and four-dimensional, with 130 works by approximately 80 artists. Curators Susan Sidlauskas, professor and graduate director in the Department of Art History at Rutgers, and Donna Gustafson, the Zimmerli’s liaison for academic programs and curator, examine individual, double, and group portraits, using social media as a critical lens. Before leaving the exhibition, visitors are encouraged to capture their own images in a photo booth. We got in touch with Gustafson and Sidlauskas over email to get a snapshot of the show.

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