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Being Human:
Portraits from the Syracuse University Art Museum

September 2–October 16, 2022
Exclusively in the online gallery

Portraiture is often defined as the art of depicting exact likeness or appearance, yet it varies greatly through time and place, in cultures and traditions. The crafting of a subject’s identity may challenge our expectations and assumptions about what form a portrait can take. This exhibition of portraits, ranging from Elizabeth Catlett, Kalyani Devi, Yasuo Kuniyoshi, Dorothea Lange, Ben Shahn, Max Weber, and others, displays a visual dialogue between both artist and artist, and artist and viewer, a place to begin a conversation.

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This exhibition is curated by Syracuse University Art Museum and organized by Lucinda Dukes Edinberg and Thomas May.

We thank the following for their continuous funding and support: Anne Arundel County, Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, the City of Annapolis, The Helena Foundation, the J.M. Kaplan Fund, the Maryland State Arts Council, the Estate of Elizabeth Myers Mitchell, the Mitchell Gallery Board of Advisors, Members of the Mitchell Gallery, Mrs. Ruth Mitchell, the John and Hilda Moore Fund, the Lillian Vanous Nutt Mitchell Gallery Endowment, and the Clare Eddy and Eugene V. Thaw Fine Arts Fund.

 
 

Portrait of a Girl by Gustave Jean Jacquet Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

[Portrait of a girl], no date

  

1943 AD by Ben Shahn Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

1943 AD, c. 1943

  

Picture Admirers by Max Weber Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Picture Admirers, 1952

  

Portrait of Moises Saenz by David Alfaro Siqueiros Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

[Portrait of Moisés Sáenz], 1931

  

Portrait of Louis XIV by Hyacinthe Rigaud Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

[Portrait of Louis XIV], 1701

  

Forbidden Fruit by Yasuo Kuniyoshi Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Forbidden Fruit, 1950

  

Mississippi Girl by Marion Greenwood Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Mississippi Girl, 1945

  

Wo-Kes the Frog by Chief Henry Speck Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Wo-Kes the Frog, c. 1967

  

Transparency Che Guevara by Joe Tilson Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Transparency, Che Guevara, 1969

  

Edna St Vincent Millay by Berenice Abbot Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Edna St. Vincent Millay, 1927

  

Someone Among Foreigners by Dieter Roth Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Someone Among Foreigners, 1974

  

Margarita de Bonampak by Manuel Alvarez Bravo Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Margarita de Bonampak, 1949

  

Uploading the Catch by Louis Breslow Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Uploading the Catch, c. 1936

  

La Lucha by Ricardo Carpani Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

La Lucha, 1968

  

Festival Dance Bridal Party by Kalyani Devi Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

[Festival dance, bridal party], c. 1975

  

Frederick Douglass by Bettina Chapman Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Frederick Douglass, 1991

  

Woman Making Tea by Ueno Hikoma Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

[Woman making tea], c. 1880

  

Survivor by Elizabeth Catlett Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Survivor, 1983

  

Dock Stevedore at Fulton Fish Market by Gordon Parks Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Dock Stevedore at Fulton Fish Market, 1943

  

Sam by Henry Botkin Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Sam, 1934

  

To Marry by Elizabeth Catlett Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

To Marry, 1992

  

Lil Warrior by Leonard Peltier Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Lil Warrior, 2009

  

Hair Plaiting by Henry Likonde Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Hair Plaiting, 1984

  

Sign Language by Peter Gourfain Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

[Sign language], 2016

  

Seated Woman in Profile by Jo Anne Schneider Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Seated Woman in Profile, 1966

  

Ex-Slave with Long Memory Alabama by Dorothea Lange Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Ex-Slave with Long Memory, Alabama, c. 1937

  

Trying to Remember Your Face by Louisa Chase Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Trying to Remember Your Face, 1996

  

Reflection by Kreshonna Keane Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Reflection, March 15, 2020

  

Fall of Man by Ivan Forde Mitchell Gallery St Johns College

Fall of Man, 2012