Summer Break 2013: Double Portraits
Soak up contemporary art, culture, and performances.
Summer Break debuted at the Museum in 2013 as it's new contemporary art festival. Incorporating 10 continuous days of art, music, lectures, films, readings, workshops, and performances, the festival took inspiration from Arnold Newman: Masterclass. Happenings took place at the Museum and offsite at Helmuth Projects.
Taking cues from the Summer Salon Series, Summer Break explored themes present in Masterclass, while presenting contemporary art within the context of the Museum. The festival was accompanied by Double Portraits, an intervention into the Permanent Collection, which displayed contemporary works in the Museum's European galleries.
Works presented in Summer Break explored:
- 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
The 2013 program took 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.