Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits
Soak up contemporary art, culture, and performances.
Summer Break, the Museum’s new contemporary art festival, features 10 continuous days of art, music, lectures, films, readings, workshops, and performances inspired by Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Events take place at the Museum and offsite at Helmuth Projects. Pick your dates or come for everything.
Taking cues from Summer Salon Series, Summer Break explores themes present in Masterclass, while presenting contemporary art within the context of the Museum. The festival is accompanied by Double Portraits, an intervention into the Permanent Collection, displaying contemporary works in the Museum's European galleries.
Works presented in Summer Break explore:
- Ways artists have used frameworks of pastiche to structure their work
- Strategies devised to subvert fame, or create infamy
- Ideas about how the constructions of fame affects and is affected by artists
- Strategies for creating environmental portraits
This year’s program takes root in Arnold Newman’s strategy of making photographs based in the context of the sitter’s environment and co-opting the specific style of visual artists to construct a portrait of them – a double portrait. Summer Break features projects exploring this authentic and reverential theme of pastiche as well as the construction of fame and infamy.
Share your thoughts.
Thank you to everyone who made Summer Break an incredible success. Complete this brief two-minute survey, and share your favorite moment, event, or aspect of the festival.