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Portrait Stories Reception

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Thursday, April 20, 2023 5pm to 7pm

271 Columbia Avenue, Holland, MI 49423-3650

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Join the Kurizenga Art Museum for a night of community and creativity at the Portrait Stories Reception on Thursday, April 20th from 5-7 p.m. Admission to the reception and museum are free and the public is welcome!

Guests can explore the 49 artworks within the Portrait Stories exhibition, immerse themselves in the portraiture creation process with live portrait drawing by local Artist Alec Zemper, and enjoy catered refreshments and hors d'oeuvres while mingling with fellow community members in a relaxed galley setting.

About the exhibition:
“Portrait Stories” was curated by five Hope College students working under the supervision of Charles Mason, who is the director and Margaret Feldmann Kruizenga Curator. The exhibition features a broad range of cultures, time periods and media. It includes portraits by famous historical artists like Rembrandt van Rijn, James Tissot, Kathe Kollwitz and Salvador Dali, as well as works by contemporary artists like Rashid Johnson, John Valadez and Zachary Drucker.
The subjects of the portraits in the exhibition span a wide range from well-known figures like Muhammad Ali and Mao Zedong to much lesser-known and even unknown people. The artworks are similarly diverse, and include paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, sculptures and ceramics.
Despite the variety, the exhibition is unified by the idea that every portrait tells a story. “For centuries portraits have been used in cultures all around the world to commemorate people and to celebrate important moments in their lives,” Mason explained. “Every portrait in the exhibition has a story to tell about the person depicted, about the artist who made it, or about the historical environment in which they lived. Now with portraits being as accessible as a setting on your phone’s camera, some of their ‘specialness’ has worn off. Portraits have become so commonplace that we often pay little or no attention to them. But if we take the time really to look at and learn the stories behind the portraits, perhaps we can learn something about ourselves in the process.”

Kruizenga Art Museum
271 Columbia Ave. Holland MI

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