Channeling contemporary debates around what constitutes democracy as its backdrop, Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait is a new projection-installation that activates the Harvard Art Museums’ iconic late 18th-century portrait of George Washington with voices, faces, and opinions from across the political spectrum today.
Along with the “Portrait” commission, two recently acquired drawings by Wodiczko are also on display. The works are studies from the artist’s Homeless Vehicles series, created in the late 1980s in consultation with individuals experiencing homelessness as a critique of former US President Ronald Reagan’s economic policies. Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait is on view through April 17, 2022.
The installation is curated by Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, Harvard Art Museums.
In its own galleries, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) will present a career-spanning look at Wodiczko’s work. Interrogative Design: Selected Works of Krzysztof Wodiczko will be on view from October 21, 2021, through February 20, 2022. Before visiting, please visit the GSD website for up-to-date information on public access to the school’s galleries.
The museums are open Tuesday to Sunday with free admission on Sundays. Reservations and proof of vaccination are required for all visits.
For more information, visit harvardartmuseums.org.
Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait is made possible by the Graham Gund Exhibition Fund, held jointly by the Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.
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