About Face: Portraiture Through Time &
Kathleen Gilje: Portraits of Paintings
5.2.14 Lecture @ 6:00p Reception @ 7:00p
At Face Value: The Nature of Portraiture
Portrait painting—of the self and others—has long been a favored subject of artists throughout history. This lecture will explore the nature of portraiture by examining its historical and cultural background from ancient times to present day. From depicting figures of great historical and social importance to picturing people from everyday life, portraits have a significant place in our lives, yet more often than not we take them for granted, or at their "face value." By examining some of the conventional, as well as non-traditional, elements of portraits—through notable examples in the FIA's permanent collection, as well as the contemporary works in the
exhibition Kathleen Gilje: Portraits of Paintings
—we will delve deeper into the innate qualities of this genre, as well as its hidden meanings.
Tracee Glab is Curator of Collections and Exhibitions at the Flint Institute of Arts. She completed her BA at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and MA at Wayne State University in Art History. Ms. Glab came to the FIA in 2009 as Associate Curator to research and write on the Viola E. Bray Renaissance Gallery, culminating in the 2011 publication Magnificence and Awe: Renaissance and Baroque Art in the Viola E. Bray Gallery at the Flint Institute of Arts
. Since that time, she has curated over a dozen special exhibitions, including the most recent Point of View: Contemporary African American Art from the Elliot and Kimberly Perry Collection
. Prior to her time at the FIA, Ms. Glab worked for 10 years at the Detroit Institute of Arts.