Henrik Kerstens 
Paper Roll, 2008
Chromogenic print
20 × 32 inches
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Museum Purchase with funds provided by PhotoFuture

Elizabeth Heyert
Mark, from the series “The Narcissists,” 2009
Chromogenic color print
Triptych 35 ½ × 47 ½ inches
Courtesy the artist

Richard Avedon
Francis Bacon Diptych, 1979
14 × 22 inches
Gelatin silver print on paper
Gift of Arthur J. Goodwin

Catherine Opie
Melissa & Lake, Durham, North Carolina, 1998
40 × 50 inches
Chromogenic print on paper
Gift of the Lipman Family Foundation

Thursday, October 9, 2014Sunday, January 18, 2015

This group exhibition of contemporary portraiture explores the aesthetic, psychological, and emotional implications of the gaze in photography today. Here, the traditional view of a portrait is subverted: instead, a dynamic and ambiguous relationship between object and subject develops. The power of the gaze is blurred the moment the sitter becomes a partner in the art-making process. Included in the exhibition are works by Nicholas Albrecht, Caitlin Atkinson Richard Avedon, Charles Berger, Jim Campbell, Kelli Connell, Gohar Dashti, Beth Yarnelle Edwards, Katy Grannan, Elizabeth Heyert, r.r. jones, Henrik Kerstens, Miguel Angelo Libarnes, Lesley Louden, Jana Marcus, Shirin Neshat, Catherine Opie, Aline Smithson, and Larry Sultan.  

Presented as a counterpoint to Robert Henri’s California Portraits, the exhibition is a critical look at the creative—and ever expansive—practice of portraiture some 100 years after Henri.