Looking at Each Other: American Portraiture
Aleesa Alexander, PhD
Assistant Curator of American Art
Here, a selection of American portrait paintings from the Cantor’s collection demonstrate how American artists have worked within the genre, and how the genre itself has changed over time. These paintings allow us to ask questions like: what types of faces do we typically expect to see in a painted portrait, and what faces are rarely, if ever, represented? What can portraits tell us about social histories in the United States? How have contemporary artists expanded the possibilities of portraiture?