Mirror Mirror -
Zhan Wang, "Artificial Rock #95," 2007, stainless steel and wooden base, 25 1/4 x 16 7/8 x 11 3/4 inches, Collection of Tad Freese and Brook Hartzell.

Main Gallery

Mirror Mirror

January 20 - April 1, 2018

Curated by Todd Hosfelt

Jay DeFeo, Christian Houge, Andy Diaz Hope, Timothy Horn, Birgit Jensen, Stefan Kürten, John O’Reilly, Liliana Porter, Zhan Wang, and Carrie Mae Weems

The first mirror (likely a pool of still water) allowed humans to see themselves as others did. Later came polished surfaces: copper, bronze, silver, pyrite, even stone, though the quality of the image was so very low that Paul, in first Corinthians 13:12, used it as a symbol of obfuscation…seeing, as in a mirror, darkly. As craft improved, mirrors became aestheticized-luxurious, decorative objects–valued as much to look at as to look in. Indeed, many iconic works in the canon of Western art rely on the representation of a mirror as its central device, for the looking glass is the forerunner of the selfie, and we are all Narcissus, to one degree or another. This exhibition brings together a selection of internationally known contemporary artists inspired by the mirrors as both tool and device.