Faces: Portraits from our City

Banner of the Faces exhibition

The images shown in this exhibition are the faces from two collections brought together to highlight the classic genre of portraiture.  The artworks included will move the viewer through a variety of themes and media --- from portraits commissioned as statements of power, to the highly stylized constructs found in the abstract. 

Just as we decipher and recognize facial expressions in our daily lives, we can transfer this skill to viewing portraits in a museum. Reading faces routinely relies on the context in which we encounter them as well as our own individual experiences, prejudices and attitudes.  It is this ambiguity and the countless potential interpretations that may be the very reason for the world’s long fascination with portraiture.

Portraits are a commanding form of artwork that connect the viewer (in this case, you) to both the sitter and the artist.  Not always predictable, they allow the artist to push the boundaries of convention and can transport the viewer to a single, often intimate, moment in time.  Come explore these ideas in our new exhibition - "Faces: Portraits from our City".

George Hanon 1954 First Mayor of Niagara Falls Oil on Canvas Anthony J. Sisti (1901-1983) Niagara Falls Museums 58 x 48 cm   Portrait of Ohla Kolankiwsky Oil on Canvas Myron Levytsky Niagara Falls Art Gallery 61 x 46 cm

The exhibition showcases more than 40 portraits from the historical collections of the Niagara Falls Museums and contemporary collection of the Niagara Falls Art Gallery. 

The exhibition is showcased in the Ontario Power Generation Gallery until November 27, 2016.
Price for the exhibition is included in your Museum admission.

Thank you to the Niagara Region for their support of this exhibition through the Niagara Investment in Culture program.

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Events

29
Jun

Family Activity: Solar Beads

Create a bracelet while learning about the sun's UV rays.

1
Jul

Canada Day @ the Museum

Free Admission

4
Jul

Senior’s Stories: Steppin' Out in Niagara

An Original play based on stories told by older adults across the Niagara Region

6+
Jul

Community Art Project (Multiple dates)

Join local artist, Emily Andrews and take a step back in time to explore the history and technique of silhouette portraiture.

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