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Before Selfies: Portraiture through the Ages
April 25, 2015 - August 9, 2015




Thomas Anshutz
Portrait of Rebecca Whelan. c. 1908.
Oil on canvas. 59-1/4 x 39-1/2 in.
Museum Purchase 2004.8

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Before the advent of the camera and the digital age, artists captured the physical appearance of their sitters in drawings or paintings, or in marble and bronze sculptures.  Before Selfies features over four-dozen works from the Permanent Collection that present various approaches to conveying a subject’s likeness.  Self-portraits and images of fellow artists, family, and friends reveal the artist’s most intimate world, while images of public figures, unidentified sitters, and character types describe our collective experience.  Changing concepts of beauty, diverse approaches to male and female subjects and modern life are ancillary themes.  Works by Thomas Anshutz, William Merritt Chase, Edward Curtis, Thomas Eakins, Red Grooms, Henri Matisse, William Sidney Mount, Fairfield Porter, and many others are represented.  

Visit our selfie station and create your own portrait. Share it on Instagram and be sure to include #hmaselfie and #heckschermuseum.


This exhibition is sponsored in part by Astoria Bank.

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Members Opening Reception
April 25, 2015

Celebrate the opening of the Museum's exhibitions Before Selfies and Poised Poses.

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Poised Poses: Portraits from the August Heckscher Collection
April 25, 2015 - August 2, 2015




Penrhyn Stanlaws
August Heckscher. 1925.
Oil on canvas. 47-1/2 x 34-1/4 in.
August Heckscher Collection 1959.182

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Like many turn-of-the-20th-century private collections in America, the August Heckscher Collection was particularly strong in historical European portraiture.  This installation features works from the Museum’s core collection, donated by August Heckscher in 1920, installed to evoke the ambience of a well-to-do residence in the late 19th or early 20th century.  Highlights include captivating works by Sir William Beechey, George Romney, and Antoine Vollon, as well as exquisite portraits by Nicholas de Largillierre, Sir Henry Raeburn, and Franz Wolfgang Rohrich.  

This exhibition is sponsored in part by Astoria Bank.

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Power, Politics & War: Selections from the Permanent Collection
Ongoing




George Grosz
Eclipse of the Sun. 1926.
Oil on canvas. 81-5/8 x 71-7/8 in.
Museum Purchase 1968.1

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To highlight the significance of George Grosz’s Eclipse of the Sun as a critique of the corrupt Weimar government in 1920s Berlin, this exhibition places the painting in the context of other works from the Permanent Collection that depict themes of power, politics, and military aggression.  Featured works include paintings about the American Revolution and the birth of America by Alonzo Chappel, the Franco-Prussian War by Etienne Berne-Bellecour, and photographs from World War II by Russian photographer Mark Markov-Grinberg.  Also included is Grosz’s Ecce Homo, a portfolio of 100 lithographs that presents a scathing portrait of Weimar society.  This close look at Eclipse of the Sun is occasioned by its inclusion in the upcoming exhibition New Objectivity: Modern German Art during the Weimar Republic 1919-1933, to be held at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art in late 2015. 

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