More Than Just a Pretty Face
October 21 - January 21

Current Exhibition

More Than Just a Pretty Face

Which includes The Artist Revealed: Artist Portraits and Self-Portraits, courtesy of the Syracuse University Art Galleries Traveling Exhibition Program and A Closer Look, curated by Diana Blanchard Gross from local and regional community collectors, galleries and museums.

For nearly as long as humans have lived, we have drawn, painted, and sculpted our own image and those of others. For most of history, portraiture served a very practical purpose: to document our own existence and to capture an accurate likeness for posterity. This began to change in the late 19th century, as cameras and film became readily available and affordable technologies for the general public. While artists continued to create portraits, they no longer served as the primary record of their subject. Instead, and in keeping with broader trends in modern art, many artists sought to express a feeling and capture the inner essence, rather than the outward appearance, of their subjects.

This exhibition brings together 50 works in a variety of media that examine self-portraits and portraits of other artists. Included in the show are works by Milton Avery, Chuck Close, Leonard Baskin, Edward Steichen, Norman Rockwell and Anders Zorn. Sitters include James McNeill Whistler, Thomas Eakins, Charlie Chaplin, C.S. Lewis and Pablo Casals. (Organized by the Syracuse University Traveling Exhibitions Program, Syracuse, New York). Peninsula Fine Arts Center is also featuring portraits from private and public collections within our community, including artists such as Howard Finster, Man Ray, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, John Marin, and more.

OCTOBER 21, 2017 – JANUARY 21, 2018


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Upcoming Exhibition


Art of Asia

Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America

Hmong paj ntaub (flower cloth) is one of the world’s great textile traditions and exemplar of cloth as community. Yet, this complex art wasn’t widely known outside of Asia until the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Hmong refugees arrived in the United States in the late 1970s, bringing the needlework skills and cultural knowledge that had been passed down in cloth for generations.  Cloth as Community: Hmong Textiles in America presents 28 textiles created by Hmong women in the United States, including designs derived from traditional paj ntaub and the embroidered story cloth form that developed in Thai refugee camps.  Organized by Exhibits USA


Shanghai Passages: Longtang Photographs by Gong Jianhua

This exhibition features photographs by contemporary Chinese photographer Gong Jianhua (born 1953), who extensively photographed Shanghai’s longtang neighborhoods in the 1980s and 1990s. Unique to Shanghai, longtang are a dense style of housing that arose in the late nineteenth century as an adaptation of the traditional Chinese courtyard home in the urban townhouse format.


As the title of the exhibition suggests, longtang were organized into walled urban neighborhoods, each interlaced with a grid of progressively narrower lanes and alleyways. Situated chronologically after the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) and on the cusp of Shanghai’s resurgence as a global economic hub, Gong’s images provide vivid access to these semi-private passages that once dominated Shanghai’s urban fabric. In the past few decades, however, in the context of Shanghai’s rapid expansion, longtang have been razed to make way for high-rise developments. With some irony, preservation has sometimes meant redevelopment as luxury commercial and residential real estate.

This exhibition on loan from the University of Richmond Museums.

February 2 – March 25, 2018