Video – Boca Raton Museum of Art: ‘Eye to I – Self Portraits…’

“Being creative has not been cancelled……”

Thanks to our friends at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida for this video ‘Eye to I: Self Portraits from the National Portrait Gallery’, now offered online for audiences at home during COVID 19.

The Museum has launched a new series of free Online Community Initiatives for all ages, including Keep Kids Smart with ART, to help parents and their children who are home from school.

These free Online Community Initiatives will also reach out to seniors who are keeping social distance, and who might feel isolated.

In his sinewy ‘Self Portrait with Rita’, Thomas Hart Benton evokes the type of posturing so prevalent on Instagram today. He was fascinated with Hollywood and channeled his inner movie star (the artist had recently seen Douglas Fairbanks in the 1924 film, The Thief of Baghdad).

“Being creative has not been cancelled,” says Irvin Lippman, the Executive Director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art.

“Art, culture, and creativity have always made a difference in powerful ways, especially during challenging times. While the Museum is temporarily closed, we will continue to give back to the community. These artists in Eye to I made a lasting mirror effect of themselves, creating a very personal art that engages us – the viewer”, he added.

The show was organised by the Chief Curator of the National Portrait Gallery at the Smithsonian, Dr. Brandon Brame Fortune.

Eye to I showcases 60 works in a variety of styles and media ranging from caricatures to photographs, from colourful watercolours to dramatic paintings and time-based media.

The exhibition traces the process, from gazing into the mirror to looking into the camera; from painted and drawn surfaces to mechanical reproductions such as prints and photographs; from static forms to video.

Eye to I brings together the work of major artists of the 20th and 21st centuries. The powerful works are from every decade, starting in 1901 and continuing through 2015.

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