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I Am a Story: Self-Portraits at the Warehouse
July 20 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, repeating until October 23, 2020
Identity is the focus of I Am a Story: Self-Portraits at The Warehouse, an
exhibition featuring more than 50 works by renowned artists from around the world that will run July
20 to October 23, 2020, at The Warehouse, 1635 W. St. Paul Ave., Milwaukee.
The exhibition, drawn from The Warehouse’s permanent collection, features more than 50
self-portraits by prominent artists from 10 countries on 5 continents, including works by Cindy
Sherman, Jim Dine, David Hockney, Carrie Mae Weems and William Kentridge. Some works have been
commissioned by The Warehouse, and will be displayed for the first time in this exhibition.
The artists have created representations of themselves in a variety of mediums ranging from painting
and photography, to ceramic, stone, glass, and video. The work varies from small scale intimate
portraits to larger than life depictions of the artists.
I Am a Story explores questions of identity and artistic intention. Through their work, the artists
alternatively reveal themselves to the viewer, while at other times they conceal or disguise themselves.
Self-portraiture has a long lineage in the history of art. Through the works in the exhibition, the artists
often show themselves actively working at their craft and engaging with the artistic tradition of
self-portraiture, at times very directly.
The guest curator of this exhibition is Nick Pipho. Pipho previously curated exhibitions at the Union
Art Gallery while completing his Master’s degree in Art History at UW-Milwaukee. He also assists with
The Warehouse’s exhibitions as a preparator.
COPA (Coalition of Photographic Arts) will present a complementary Pop-up exhibition, I Witness:
Photographic Portraiture, in the South Galleries at Guardian from September 21 – October 21, 2020.
COPA defines “portrait” as a single subject within in the frame.