Creating Identity: Portraits Today


Creating Identity: Portraits Today is the title of a new exhibition currently on view at the 21c Museum in Louisville Kentucky. 21c is the first museum in the United States to exclusively exhibit works made in the twenty-first century. Creating Identity brings together 37 artist who explore a variety of concepts through contemporary portraiture through over seventy exhibited pieces. Among the all-star list of featured artists are Chuck Close, Kehinde Wiley, Mickalene Thomas, Ruud van Empel, Loretta Lux, Pieter Hugo, Carrie Mae Weems, and Nathalia Edenmont whose work is pictured above. The exhibition focuses on artists who are attempting to reinvent the genre of portraiture by reevaluating how to capture identity through contemporary media, while abandoning direct representation for conceptual experimentation. The show expresses “the bombardment of media imagery, loosening of gender stereotypes, and reconsiderations of race” through the medium of portraiture and explores “how artists today are using these challenges in their photography, sculpture, painting, video, and other art forms to redefine our ideas of representation.”

Creating Identity: Portraits Today will be on view through December 31, 2009.