Person of InterestJanuary 31, 2020 through December 31, 2020
Exploring nuances in portraiture from the late nineteenth century to today—and testing the very definition of the genre—Person of Interest presents depictions of the literal and abstracted body from Sheldon’s rich holdings and selected loans. This exhibition asks open-ended questions about self-fashioning, cultural memory, gender identity, and performance of identity. In doing so, it prompts conversations about race and representation, institutional power, lived experience, and other relevant and timely issues.
Sheldon’s entire second floor—including the Kathryn and Marc LeBaron Gallery, Rohman Family Gallery, Sarah Pearson Campbell Gallery, Henning Family Gallery, and Woods Family Gallery—will be dedicated to this multifaceted exploration of portraiture. Radcliffe Bailey (b. 1968), Willie Cole (b. 1955), Lesley Dill (b. 1950), Barkley Hendricks (1945–2017), Robert Henri (1865–1929), Marisol (1930–2016), Zanele Muholi (b. 1972), Catherine Opie (b. 1961), Nathaniel Mary Quinn (b. 1977), John Singer Sargent (1856–1926), Jenny Saville (b. 1970), Cindy Sherman (b. 1954), Roger Shimomura (b. 1939), Yinka Shonibare CBE (b. 1962), Jaune Quick-to-See Smith (b. 1940), Renée Stout (b. 1958), Kehinde Wiley (b. 1977), and Zhang Huan (b. 1965) are among the artists included.