As Others See Us / As We See Ourselves: Artists’ Self-Portraits from the Permanent Collection
January 20 - June 30
The Morris Museum’s collections have unusual depth and richness in types, styles, and mediums of art. For example, the museum’s holdings of folk art, photography, American impressionist painting, and studio art glass are all equally varied and extensive.
One of the more intriguing and previously unexplored groups of paintings in the collection is made up of artists’ self-portraits. It is fascinating to see how artists represent themselves. At their most basic, these paintings are simple likenesses, but in every instance, these images represent something more, something that attests to the individual artist’s abilities and reveals something meaningful about the person.
The work in this exhibition represents a wide range of subjects, styles, and eras—everything from the Renaissance-influenced work of renowned Atlanta folk artist Lorenzo Scott to the academically trained Elliott Daingerfield, from the early modernist Josephine Crawford to artists—Bobbi Adams, Beverly Buchanan, Philip Morsberger, and others—of the more recent past. Recently acquired paintings by much-admired contemporary artists and teachers Raoul Middleman and Joe Shannon round out this selection.