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Portraits in Metaphor: Robert Weingarten’s Photographic Biographies

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Thursday, June 28, 2012 - 6:30 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. ET
Code: 1Y0007

Can a portrait be more than an image of a person? If their face isn’t even part of the portrait, can it still be an accurate representation of who they are? Photographer Robert Weingarten’s Portraits Without People project captures the essence of notables including Buzz Aldrin, Colin Powell, Hank Aaron, Sonia Sotomayor, and others in multilayered digital compositions that he calls “translucent composites.”

This evening, Weingarten discusses the evolution and execution of the series—from his interactions with his iconic subjects to an exploration of how dramatic changes in technology transformed the art of photography to how his own move from film to digital led to the creation of new compositions that require what Picasso called an “active viewer.”

At the conclusion of the interview, make your way to the International Gallery and a private preview of Weingarten’s portraits. He’ll be there to chat about the exhibition as will Shannon Perich, associate curator of the American History Museum’s Photographic History Collection. Sip a specialty cocktail and enjoy hors d’oeuvres as you explore how one of America’s most innovative photographers has expanded the boundaries of the traditional portrait.

• Price includes both the artist’s talk and subsequent Mingle at the Museum.

• One drink ticket and light hors d’oeuvres are included with admission.

• A cash bar offers a specialty cocktail, wine, beer, and nonalcoholic beverages throughout the evening.

• You must be at least 21 years old with valid ID to attend. Seating is available during interview segment only.


S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive, SW
Metro: Smithsonian Mall Exit (Blue/Orange)