Opening October 17 at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, “Warhol & Mapplethorpe: Guise & Dolls” explores the vibrant and tumultuous era of change in 1970s and 80s New York City through the work of Andy Warhol and Robert Mapplethorpe, both of whom created significant bodies of work in self-portraiture, in which particular disguises, characters and ambiguous personalities are evoked. The first dual museum exhibition to feature these two visionary artists, “Guise & Dolls” will include the artists’ portraits of each other, self-portraits and a selection of iconic portraits of sitters that address role-playing and gender roles-masculinity, femininity and androgyny. The exhibition will showcase approximately 100 works of art including paintings, photographs, Polaroids, prints and video.
Founded in 1842, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is the oldest public art museum in the United States. The museum’s nearly 50,000 works of art span 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art. The museum’s five connected buildings-representing architectural styles from Gothic Revival to modern International Style-are located at 600 Main Street in Hartford, Conn. The museum celebrated its Grand Reopening on Sept. 19, 2015, marking the completion of a 5-year, $33 million renovation.
Wed – Fri: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m
Sat and Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m
First Thursdays: 11 a.m. – 8 p.m
Admission: $5 – 10; discounts for members, students and seniors.
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A fully illustrated catalogue, including essays by a variety of scholars, curators and artists, accompanies the exhibition. The catalogue is the first scholarly in-depth analysis relating these two important artists and gender politics. Purchase for just $35 from The Museum Shop now.
Saturdays & Sundays at 2:30 pm
October 17 – January 24