About Face

October 20, 2012 – January 12, 2013

Gallery I

What is it about faces that is so intriguing? Faces are often how we recognize and distinguish a person; they are used to confirm identity and oftentimes contribute to first impressions. It is a commonly-held idea that you can’t truly know someone without seeing their face; why else would so many comic book characters insist on unmasking superheroes? A curious people, we are mesmerized even by the faces of those we may never meet. The authors’ depictions on the back cover of our books. Mugshots of unfamiliar criminals in the newspaper. Countless celebrity portraits and paparazzi snapshots in every magazine.  There are literally tens of thousands of images of beloved icons Marilyn Monroe and Princess Diana.

The About Face exhibition will feature portraits of all mediums from PMoA’s permanent collection.

Members’ Reception: 6pm-8:30pm, Friday, October 26, 2012