Portrait “now on display at Harvard Art Museums


Channel contemporary debates around what constitutes democracy as a backdrop, Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait is a new projection-installation that activates the iconic late 18th century portrait of George Washington from the Harvard Art Museums with voices, faces and opinions from all political backgrounds today.

In addition to the “Portrait” commission, two recently acquired drawings from Wodiczko are also on display. The works are studies by the artist Homeless vehicles series, created in the late 1980s in consultation with homeless people as a critic of the economic policies of former US President Ronald Reagan. Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait is visible until April 17, 2022.

The installation is curated by Mary Schneider Enriquez, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at Houghton, Harvard Art Museums.

In its own galleries, the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) will present a career overview of Wodiczko’s work. Interrogative design: selected works by Krzysztof Wodiczko will be on view from October 21, 2021 to February 20, 2022. Before visiting, please visit the GSD website for up-to-date information on public access to the school’s galleries.

The museums are open from Tuesday to Sunday with free entry on Sunday. A reservation and proof of vaccination are required for all visits.

For more information, visit harvardartmuseums.org.

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Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait is made possible by the Graham Gund Exhibition Fund, jointly owned by the Harvard Art Museums and the Harvard Graduate School of Design.

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