November 19, 1998 – January 10, 1999

This exhibition addressed contemporary portraiture as the nexus of three issues: visuality, location, and identity. It was the culmination of a University of Chicago interdisciplinary course in art, art history and gender studies that investigated the practices, paradigms and aesthetics of contemporary portraiture. The course also explored the role of seeing in knowledge production, identity formation and visual education. Space/Sight/Self was the collaborative result of students’ research and thinking about these issues. It featured artists Lynn Barlow, Dawoud Bey, Brett Bloom, Alice Hargrave, Jurgen Mayer Hermann, Byron Kim, Nina Levitt, Ana Mendieta, Holly Rittenhouse, Inez van Lamsweerde and Francesca Woodman.

Curator: Space/Sight/Self was organized by Laura Letinsky, Assistant Professor, Committee on the Visual Arts, University of Chicago, with assistance from Elizabeth Bloom, Curatorial Intern and Ph.D. candidate in Art History at the University of Chicago.

Catalogue: The exhibition catalogue accompanied the show, written by Letinsky and Bloom, as well as contributions by students in the course; available for purchase.

The exhibition was funded through the generosity of the Smart Family Foundation, Inc., and Dorie and Dr. Paul Sternberg.

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