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 Past Exhibition

Personal Effects

March 23–October 28, 2012

Kemper Museum

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This exhibition, drawn from works of art in the Kemper Museum's permanent collection, explores the portrait and the still life as depictions of objects imbued with both personal meaning and wider cultural iconography. The memory of an activity stilled, a hint that someone has perhaps just left the room, is present in the still lifes on view. The portraits depict not just the person, but also the ways in which clothing and objects act as cultural signifiers.

Above: Hung Liu, Grand Canal, 2006; mixed media on wood panels, 59 5/8 x 59 5/8 x 2 1/2 inches; Collection of the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, Bebe and Crosby Kemper Collection, Museum Purchase made possible by a gift from the Enid and Crosby Kemper Foundation, 2007.4