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Constructing Identity in America (1766–2017)

  • Montclair Art Museum 3 South Mountain Avenue Montclair, NJ, 07042 United States (map)

This permanent collection show of more than 80 paintings, sculptures, and works on paper will address a variety of characteristics that contribute to one’s sense of self, including civic, cultural, artistic, religious, professional, and sociopolitical identities, sense of place and personal space, and non-conformity. Portraits range from Charles Wilson Peale’s Portrait of George Washington (1783) to John Singer Sargent’s Ernest-Ange Duez (1884), Alice Neel’s Isabel Bishop (1974) and Catherine Opie’s Jo (1993) and this exhibition goes far beyond portraits to explore other aspects of sense of self. Works addressing the impact of geography upon identity include those of Matthew Jensen, Abelardo Morrell, and Dennis Oppenheim, while defining moments of social activism appear in works by Juan Sanchez, Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, Jack Whitten, and Mel Edwards. The exhibition is curated by Gail Stavitsky, MAM chief curator.

Earlier Event: August 23
Out of the Whirlwind’s Radiance
Later Event: September 1
Semana de Arte: Willie Cole