Silhouettes then and now.

This limited-time tour BLACK OUT - Silhouettes Then and Now is a traveling exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian Institution.

We will trace the origins of the silhouette portrait and discover the surprisingly complex historical, political, and social underpinnings of this ostensibly simple art form.  In the process, we'll learn who the subjects of silhouette portraits have been historically, from presidents and celebrities to ordinary citizens and enslaved people.  We'll also consider the prevalence of the genre today, particularly in contemporary art, and address themes such as identity, race, and notions of the digital self.

FREE EVENT. Please RSVP to Lauren Faraino (no need to re’RSVP if you have already indicated interest). Guests are welcome (please indicate in your RSVP if others will be joining you).


3:00PM - 7:00PM Thu 24 Oct 2019 ( Timezone: Central )


Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Reverend Abraham Woods Jr Boulevard
Birmingham, AL 35203

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