January 31 through March 1, 2014
Public reception on February 6 from 6:00 to 8:00pm
Download Self(ie) Portraits exhibition catalog
Artists have used themselves as subjects frequently since the mid-1400s, and many of the most compelling and memorable images of art history are self portraits. In the years since the term “selfie” became common, however, consumer self portraiture has overwhelmed the artistic genre in quantity. The essence of the best artistic self portraits (what Alicia Eler defines as “private moments made for public consumption”) persists in social media, but selfies also shine a bright light on qualities that artists may previously have treated with nuance, such as the fluid nature of identity and the gap between self-presentation and how we are perceived. This group exhibition offers a view of self portraiture at a time when the genre is evolving in response to, and influencing, the selfie phenomenon.
Lorna Barnshaw, London, UK
Ian Ingram, Austin, TX
TJ Norris, Dallas, TX
Closing talk by Alicia Eler: March 1 from 11:30am to 1:00pm at Upfor
Alicia Eler is an art critic, curator and writer whose projects focus on American pop and consumer culture, adolescence and sexualities. Her ongoing column for Hyperallergic discusses the role, meaning and historical context of the contemporary selfie. Eler’s writing on selfies has been referenced by The Washington Post and art critic Jerry Saltz. On March 1, Eler will discuss the emerging grey area between consumer selfies and artist self-portraits in reference to the exhibition in a lecture and talk-back.