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See and Be Seen | Picturing Notoriety

June 14 - October 22

The Norton Museum of Art is delighted to announce its 2019 summer exhibition season.

See and Be Seen: Picturing Notoriety (June 14 – Oct. 22, 2019) illustrates the evolution and revolution of what Joni Mitchell dubbed the “star-stoking machinery” and Andy Warhol predicted would lead to 15 minutes of fame for everyone.

ETIENNE CARJAT (French, 1828-1906)
Emile Zola, from “Galerie contemporaine, litteraire, artistique,” 1877, Sem. 1/series 1
Gift of Dr. and Mrs. Artine Artinian, 2004.112.1

From the 19th-century flâneur (the casual wanderer and observer of street life) to today’s social media networkers, the need to get a glimpse of famous or notorious personalities and the compulsion to be seen within an aura of celebrity and influence has driven – and been driven by – the graphic arts. Photography, printmaking, and the rise of illustrated periodicals have given way to televised reality shows and the posts, tweets, and ‘likes’ that define viral internet exposure. In response, artists have absorbed and mobilized the transition from one technology to the next. Their visions and sensibilities are at the core of how we respond to and define “celebrity.” See and Be Seen features nearly 50 works from the 1600s to the present and includes images of Queen Victoria, Jackie Kennedy Onassis, Marilyn Monroe, and Lil’ Kim, among others, in works by such diverse artists as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Hollywood photographer George Hurrell, and artists Andy Warhol, Nan Goldin, Annie Leibovitz, and John Baldessari. Together, they denote an enduring societal preoccupation with celebrity. Visitors will be encouraged to add their own likenesses and be part of the exhibition with the inclusion of a live-stream of social media posts that tie back to the Museum’s Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter using #NortonNow.

Moulin Rouge: La Goulue, 1891
Courtesy of Jan Willinger and Bob Spiegel

About the Norton Museum of Art

Founded in 1941, the Norton Museum of Art is recognized for its distinguished holdings in American, European, and Chinese art, and a continually expanding presence for Photography and Contemporary art. Its masterpieces of 19th century and 20th century European painting and sculpture include works by Brancusi, Gauguin, Matisse, and Picasso, and American works by Stuart Davis, Hopper, O’Keeffe, Pollock, and Sheeler.

The Norton presents special exhibitions, lectures, tours, and programs for adults and children throughout the year. In 2011, the Norton launched RAW (Recognition of Art by Women), featuring the work of a living female painter or sculptor and funded by the Leonard and Sophie Davis Fund / ML Dauray Arts Initiative. In 2012, the Norton established the biennial, international Rudin Prize for Emerging Photographers in partnership with Beth Rudin DeWoody, in honor of her late father, Lewis Rudin.

In 2016, the Norton broke ground for a visionary expansion designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners, under the direction of Pritzker Prize- winning architect Lord Norman Foster. The project reoriented the Norton’s entrance to the main thoroughfare of South Dixie Highway, restoring the symmetry of the museum’s original 1941 design, and includes a new 59,000-square-foot West Wing that doubles education space, and increases gallery space for the Norton’s renowned collection. The transformation of the Museum’s 6.3-acre campus create a museum in a garden, featuring new, verdant spaces and a sculpture garden.

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10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Friday
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday
Closed on Wednesdays and major holidays
Admission prices:
Members: Free
General: $18
Seniors: (60+): $15
Students: $5 with valid school ID
Children: Free for ages 12 and under
Teachers: Free with valid school ID
Active Military (and immediate family) free with valid military ID

Museum admission is free to the public on Fridays and Saturdays!
Free Fridays are made possible by the generosity of The Lunder Foundation – Peter and Paula Lunder Family
Free Saturdays are made possible by the generosity of the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Foundation and Damon and Katherine Mezzacappa.

Free parking is available across the street at 1501 S. Dixie Highway.
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