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Exhibitions

The Politics of Portraits
July 18, 2016 to October 16, 2016

The Nesse Gallery contains a wide range of portraits that asks patrons to consider the ideas such as authority, beauty, and mimesis. The exhibit contains a defaced portrait of Kathrine Bill Whitney painted by O.V. Shaffer. The painting hung in Whitney Residence Hall and was likely defaced as part of protests and anti-authoritarian sentiment during the 1960's.



Rembrandt Etchings: States, Fakes, and Restrikes
August 22, 2016 to October 2, 2016
- Gallery Talk: September 13, 2016 at 12:30pm

On loan from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, this exhibit includes 42 works by Rembrandt, some of which are known forgeries.

Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn (Dutch, 1606-1669), one of the most influential printmakers in the history of art, created etchings on a wide range of subjects— from incisive representations of scriptures to studies of street life. His prints possess comedy as well as sober social commentary and have influenced innumerable later printmakers. But how can one be sure that a Rembrandt is truly or wholly by Rembrandt? This exhibition examines the problem of authenticating Rembrandt’s etchings. The exhibition includes first state pulls from the artist’s lifetime and restrike prints from the17th to the 20th centuries. This exhibit is made possible through the support of George S. Parker II, and will be on view from August 15 to October 2 in the Wanda Hollensteiner Gallery.



America: The Myth, The Legend
August 15, 2016 to October 10, 2016

The creation of the American identity is a history riddled with inclusion and exclusion, righteous aspirations, and local naiveté. As a new country that was viewed by Europeans as having no history, American art of the 18th through early 20th centuries reveals a nation seeking to establish an uniquely American identity through symbolism, mythology and a national mission of manifest destiny.