The Suffolk University Gallery is the Art & Design Department’s main exhibition space. Located on the sixth floor of the Sawyer Building, the gallery presents exciting exhibits and related programs that reflect our increasingly visual and image-driven world. The gallery aims to engage the whole Suffolk community while adding to larger conversations taking place in Greater Boston's cultural arena. Exhibits of student work from all departments, as well as themed curated exhibitions, provide an important link between and for students, faculty, and visitors.
Portraiture 1: Others, Mostly Painting
September 23 – October 31, 2021
Gathering and Gallery Talk, September 30, 5:30 pm
What is a portrait? Is it a construction?
How do we see each other? How do we see ourselves?
Who is looking at who?
How does the camera in its various forms influence perception?
How has this changed with social media?
The role of the artist is to point to things. When depicting someone the artist makes decisions about what story to tell. Portraits not only articulate something about the subject, but also how that subject wants to be depicted and how the artist wants to depict them. In addition, the viewer is invited to add to that conversation through projection—that is, the experience of the work also becomes about one’s identity. The work of this group of artists in Portraiture 1: Others, Mostly Painting gives us clues to who we are.