Look at Me, Me, Me!

September 13–December 29, 2013

Press Release  (pdf)

The sad classic tale of the youth Narcissus, who pined away, staring at the beauty of his own reflection in a lily pond, lives on through Western art. Pop artist Andy Warhol predicted in 1968 a time when everyone would be famous for 15 minutes. It’s 2013 and we live in a culture where we advertise our lives through tweets and Facebook while recording every move we make with our iPhone cameras and watching “reality” shows on our Netflix accounts during our personal “alone-time.”

The Narcissus tale attests to the fact that people in earlier times were not free of their own variations on these “modern” afflictions.  Indeed, classical myths warned of the detrimental consequences of such vices as self-love, vanity, and pride. This installation of works from the SCMA’s permanent collection highlights the many interpretations of this theme. Narcissists be warned. From moralizing Netherlandish Renaissance prints to modern masters like Munch and Goya to contemporary artists like Greenfield, Lichtenstein, and Warhol, this exhibition is all about you. 

 

 

Image Credit: Lauren Greenfield. American, born 1966. Allegra, 4 plays dress-up, Malibu, California, from Girl Culture, 1999. Dye destruction print. Promised gift of Ann and Richard Solomon (Ann Weinbaum, class of 1959)