Immortalizing the images of celebrities and commercial products, alike, Andy Warhol embraced and challenged the traditional ideas of portraiture throughout his career. Commemorating popular culture in the subjects he chose, Warhol created a narrative to the American Dream. Contemporary artists, such as Yasuamasa Morimura, Firelei Baez, Farhad Moshiri, and Devan Shimoyama,have used portraiture as a way to visualize their lived experience and allow multiple facets of their identity intersect on the canvas.
This exhibition, presented by The Warhol’s Youth Arts Council, is a visual exploration of identity and representation. Like Warhol, today’s youth are no stranger to the conscious act of curating the private and public self on a daily basis. Pittsburgh area youth were encouraged to challenge the definition of self and identity and submit artwork that falls into the genre of portraiture in any medium of their choosing.