SELF AND CEREMONY: Portraits of a vanished world

Alumni Artist Event

SELF AND CEREMONY: Portraits of a vanished world

Genre 
Visual Arts

Artist Richard Rudich (CC '65) presents in this exhibit a look back at a time of calamitous change on this 100th anniversary of the end of World War I, (1914-1918). Among the many consequences of the unprecedented upheavals of the Great War was a dramatic reordering of social status and identity, including the elimination of whole classes of people and redefining the roles of others.

Most of this work was first exhibited in the 1980’s. Two are in the collection of the Metropolitan Museum in New York. Working from historic photographs of the royal families that dominated almost all of Europe at the beginning of the 20th century Rudich created three dimensional relief portraits in ceramic that are then glazed and painted. The images were made in multiples but the painted backgrounds are unique, like old, hand colored photos. These portraits are not meant to celebrate the anachronistic social order of monarchy but rather to raise questions of the mechanisms that turn an individual into a symbol, and what happens when one’s culture and context are lost.

The exhibition will be on view at the Hurleyville Art Centre through July 30, 2018.