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A Free Look at What Makes a Picture a Portrait

From traditional gallery displays to interactive presentations and guided tours, the de Saisset Museum is offering patrons several different ways this spring to contemplate the question: What Makes a Picture a Portrait? All the events are free.

More than 50 works in a diverse range of media will debut at a preview reception on Friday, April 9 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. The exhibition runs through June 4.

Artists featured in this show include Robert Arneson, Imogen Cunningham, Judy Dater, Arnold Mountfort, Andy Warhol, the museum’s namesake Ernest de Saisset, and others. “My hope is that our audience will start to question how portraiture appears in their daily lives and what really makes a picture a portrait,” said Lindsey Kouvaris, curator of exhibits and collections.

Dance, film, and storytelling will be used to demonstrate how portraiture moves beyond two dimensions and into the realm of performance and cinema on Thursday, May 13, at 6:30 p.m. in a program called Beyond 2-D: Portraits in Other Mediums. Audience interaction will follow.

Small groups can schedule guided tours of the exhibit with Explore with Me student docents. Please contact Elizabeth Carter at 408-554-4528 or to make a reservation.

For more information, visit The museum is open 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday. No charge for admission.