Jan 12, 04:12 pm
Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media at the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert, opening January 17th
Personalities: Fantasy and Identity in Photography and New Media
January 17 – May 3, 2015
Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Drive
Palm Springs, CA 92262
Using the diverse aesthetic traditions of portraiture as points of departure, this exhibition explores the representational power of photography from its origins in the nineteenth century to its digital forms in the present. Drawing from the museum’s permanent collection as well as on loan from artists and Private Collectors, Personalities emphasizes the unique characteristics of the photographic image to shape both the identity of a photographed sitter and a viewer’s sense of a subject’s persona. This exhibition examines how the careful art of the portrait can dive deeply into an individual’s soul, but can also be manipulated to create personalities that exist beyond the realms of the real.
From the moment it was invented, photography has been a source of popular fascination because of its ability to offer extraordinary representational accuracy. Yet photographers and sitters alike knew modifications could be made. Even in its earliest examples, photography was a potent tool that could alter the identity of a sitter, giving the subject status, beauty, fame, or the appearance of power… By the end of the century, conceptual photographic approaches showcased the medium’s ability to make fictions look like truth. Contemporary artists draw from these aesthetic histories, sometimes using digital formats. Work by Marina Abramovic, Zoe Crosher, Jen Davis, and Tomoko Sawada reveal identities to be unstable and rooted as much in history and social expectations as in personal self-imagining.
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