Alexa Meade @ The National Portrait Gallery Museum, Washington, DC

June 06, 2012

Alexa Meade has long been a subject of our fascination and awe, as she transforms live models into living paintings in both gallery and performance settings. She brings paintings to life, so to speak. Tonight, June 6, at the National Portrait Gallery Museum in Washington, DC, Meade will create a pair of portraits with live models—one in a black-and-white scene and a second on a similar, but full-color set, with viewers being able to watch and interact with the process.

From the National Portrait Gallery:

Alexa Meade creates her portraits in three-dimensional space by painting directly on top of live models, which appear to be two-dimensional paintings when photographed. For “Portraits After 5: Camera-Ready Color”, Meade will create an interactive installation in the Kogod Courtyard of the Smithsonian's National Portrait Gallery that will allow viewers of the art to become participants--by entering into the space, experiencing it “in depth,” and reinterpreting the work through their own photography. The installation will reference the innovation in Harry Warnecke's photographic portraits seen in the National Portrait Gallery's exhibition: “In Vibrant Color".


Alexa Meade and National Portrait Gallery Curator Of Photographs Ann M. Shumard will be available to discuss boundary-breaking work in portraiture.




Alexa Meade at the National Portrait Gallery Museum

Portraits After 5: Camera-Ready Color

National Portrait Gallery

Wednesday, June 6, 2012, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.