Man Up! Man Down!: Images of Masculinity from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection
Joel and Lila Harnett Museum of Art, University of Richmond, August 22, 2018 through July 7, 2019
Man Up! Man Down!: Images of Masculinity from the Harnett Print Study Center Collection is on view from August 22, 2018, through July 7, 2019, in the Atrium of the Modlin Center for the Arts. What does it mean to “be a man” in modern society? How have the clichés of manhood that are pervasive throughout Western history shaped current societal pressures while being challenged by movements such as feminism and multiculturalism? And how does the depiction of these pressures affect our interpretation of art?
The prints and drawings in the exhibition examine different perspectives of the concept of masculinity, as defined by society and history and as depicted in visual culture. These images build upon and challenge art historical traditions of portraiture and figure studies of men, who are often shown as heroic, patriarchal, aggressive, and occasionally as objects of beauty. Included are works that question a range of stereotypical experiences and identities, such as the strong-silent type, the man-child, the chilvalrous adventurer, the creative genius, and the dandy. Some of the artists featured in the exhibition include Howard Finster (American, 1916-2001), Diego Lasansky (American, born 1994), Reginald Marsh (American, born in France, 1898-1954), Barbara Tisserat (American, 1951-2017), and Andy Warhol (American, 1928-1987).
Organized by the University of Richmond Museums, the exhibition was curated by N. Elizabeth Schlatter, Deputy Director and Curator of Exhibitions; with Heather Campbell, Curator of Museum Programs; and Martha Wright, Coordinator of Museum Visitor and Tour Services, University Museums.