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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

The Cleveland Print Room Asks, "What Makes a Portrait?"

Posted By on Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 5:03 PM

“What makes a portrait?”

According to the Cleveland Print Room (CPR), that depends on who you ask. The CPR’s upcoming exhibition, Third Person, seeks to explore portraiture through many different perspectives.
One of the oldest artistic genres, portraiture has traditionally been defined as an artistic representation of a person, in which the face, and particularly its expression, is predominant. Through Third Person, the Cleveland Print Room hopes to explore and expand the boundaries of the genre far beyond its previous definitions.

Third Person is perhaps CPR’s most ambitious effort to date. It features five curators each selecting five photographers working in portraiture. Third Person is curated by Laura Ruth Bidwell, Ken Emerick, Joe Minek, Chuck Mintz, and Print Room Founder and Director Shari Wilkins. Each curator selects his or her own theme.

“This show is intended to feature each curator's idea or representation of what a portrait can be,” explains Wilkins. “We each have a great deal of latitude," she added referring to the curators’ individual selections. The only requirement is that the works must be photographs or have photos incorporated in them.

Third Person opens with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. this Friday, Mar. 20. The show and reception are free and open to the public.

(Cleveland Print Room) 2550 Superior Ave., 216-401-5981,

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