Exhibition: Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now
A new exhibition organized by the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery considers silhouettes, the popular 19th-century form of portraiture made from cut paper, with historic silhouettes from the Smithsonian and other institutions alongside works by contemporary artists including Kara Walker, Camille Utterback, and Kumi Yamashit who are reimagining silhouettes today.
Image: Double Silhouette: Sylvia Drake and Charity Bryant, Unidentified Artist, c. 1805-1815, Cut paper on black fabric, cream colored laid paper, framed in silk and braids of human hair, Sheet: 14.6 × 14.6 cm (5 3/4 × 5 3/4″) Collection of Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History X1979.325
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