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'Individual to Icon: Portraits of the Famous and Almost Famous from Folk Art to Facebook'

Alec Soth Adelyn, Ash Wednesday, New Orleans, 2002
Alec Soth
Adelyn, Ash Wednesday, New Orleans, 2002

In today’s world of digital photography and social networking sites, it’s easier than ever before to take photos and make them known to the public.
 

Of course, even with easy access, point-and-click, downloadable, uploadable, email-attachable images, there’s still something to be said for a good-old-fashioned portrait.
 

Now through Aug 15, 2010, the Plains Art Museum explores people through portraits in “Individual to Icon: Portraits of the Famous and Almost Famous from Folk Art to Facebook.”
 

The exhibit, displayed in the Jane L. Stern and Anna Jane Schlossman Galleries, “examine[s] what portraiture means today and explore the role images play in transforming the unknown into the renowned. Thirteen artists, ranging from the famous Annie Leibovitz to the almost famous Modern Man of Fargo,” according to the Plains official website.

Check out the exhibition during gallery hours, or in concurrence with an upcoming lecture or gallery talk.

 

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