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In-Person Gallery Talk: Krzysztof Wodiczko’s Portrait

Three variations on a painted portrait of George Washington, with different faces superimposed on the original.
Krzysztof Wodiczko, Portrait, 2021. © Krzysztof Wodiczko.

Gallery Talk

This is an in-person event.

Curator Mary Schneider Enriquez will discuss Portrait, Krzysztof Wodiczko’s commission at the Harvard Art Museums that explores the state of democracy today. Video recordings capturing voices of students and young people are used to activate the Harvard Art Museums’ iconic portrait of George Washington (c. 1795) by Gilbert Stuart, fostering an exchange of views and responses at this time of heightened political division.

Though not required, participants are encouraged to view Portrait before the gallery talk.

Krzysztof Wodiczko: Portrait is on view at the Harvard Art Museums through April 17, 2022.

A concurrent exhibition, Interrogative Design: Selected Works of Krzysztof Wodiczko, is on view at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design through April 8, 2022. (Before visiting, please visit the Graduate School of Design’s website for up-to-date information on public access to the school’s galleries.)

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

Led by: 
Mary Schneider Enriquez, Houghton Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art

Gallery talks are limited to 18 people, and it is required that you reserve your place. At 10am the day of the event, reservations will open and may be arranged online through this form. The gallery talk reservation will also serve as your general museum reservation. If required, visitors will pay the museum admission fee upon arrival.

Please meet in the Calderwood Courtyard, in front of the digital screens between the shop and the admissions desk.

Please visit the website to learn about our general policies for museum visits.