Portraiture in Isolation: Seeing Ourselves through Digital Screens

September 22, 2021
5 pm CDT

Member program

For centuries cameras and lenses have been used to create candid, reportage, glamour, and vernacular portraits of family, friends, and strangers. In this program Museum members are invited to explore the traditional practice of portraiture—but with a contemporary twist—with artist Tiffany Joy Sutton.

Using the exhibition The Outwin: American Portraiture Today as inspiration, members will join Sutton to discuss aspects of contemporary portraiture. She will photograph them through her computer screen, in a nod to our current screen-rich environments, and will use an instant camera to generate a double exposure, ultimately creating abstract portraits of the sitters.

Members will need a desktop or laptop computer, tablet, or smartphone for this program. We recommend that participants view portraits from The Outwin as a source of inspiration prior to the workshop.

Due to the intimate nature of this program, the event has a maximum of 15 participants.

This program for Museum members is free, but registration is required. A Zoom link will be sent to registrants before the program.

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About the artist

Photographer Tiffany J. Sutton was born in 1981 in Rochester, NY, and was raised in suburban St. Louis. She began documenting family and friends after receiving a Kodak camera as a Christmas gift in the early 1990s. While primarily a self-taught photographer, she also attended classes at Washington University in St. Louis and St. Louis Community College. Sutton has decided to work exclusively with black women as a way to reconnect with herself and discuss social movements. Sutton works with digital, film, and instant cameras.

Image credit

Tiffany J. Sutton, detail of Woman on Son's Bed, 2020.