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Work in Progress: Re-envisioning the Collection

August 3, 2024 - May 17, 2025

Work in Progress: Re-envisioning the Collection is an experimental series of collection-based installations designed to explore new ways of presenting and understanding the collection. Participate in the process by contributing your response to each installment through interactive activities. New works of art will be presented throughout the series in response to questions and ideas related to the upcoming reinstallation of the collection galleries.

On View August 3–Sept. 21, 2024

Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer, or A Lady In White & Madame de Pompadour (née Poisson) Tea Service

The pairing of John Singer Sargent’s Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer, or A Lady In White and Cindy Sherman’s Madame de Pompadour (née Poisson) Tea Service presents riveting portraits of female historical figures while also raising powerful questions about the act of making someone’s image. Join us as we investigate what these works express about the subjects, the artists, and how they uphold and subvert social, political, and gender conventions.

Image: Portrait of Miss Elsie Palmer, or A Lady In White (detail), John Singer Sargent (American [born Italy]), Oil on canvas, way lined. 1889-1890