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Intimacy and Contemporary Portraiture: A Panel Discussion

Presented By: Ria Brodell, Elizabeth Devlin and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons

The NAC presents an evening of artists and thinkers discussing intimacy in artmaking and the state of contemporary portraiture. Curators Rob Chamberlin and Laura Beth Reese moderate the panel, which includes Ria Brodell, Elizabeth Devlin and Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons.

About the Panelists

Ria Brodell is a Boston-based artist and SMFA alumni who creates intimate portraits with historical significance. In the series, Butch Heroes, Brodell uses the format of traditional Catholic holy cards to present portraits of people who were born female bodied, but who's gender presentation was more masculine than feminine, and who had documented relationships with women. The portraits are a glimpse of queer desire and gender identity from history.

Elizabeth Devlin is an independent curator, art consultant, and founder of FLUX. Boston, an online resource for artists and art enthusiasts. Her writing has been featured in Art New England, New American Paintings, and Art21 Magazine among others. Through her various projects, Elizabeth strives to make the art world more accessible and to champion the endeavors of Boston's creative community.

Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons is an artist and a professor at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Her work over the last 20 years covers an extended range of visual language investigations. Campos-Pons' work emerges from the early 1980s focus on painting and the discussion of sexuality in the crossroads of Cuban mixed cultural heritage to incisive questioning, critique and insertion of the black body in the contemporary narratives of the present.

December 10, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

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