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Past Exhibit

Seeing Ourselves

June 25 – August 28

Studio 1, Studio 2

Historic Portraiture Inspired by Chuck Close

Official Photograph, U.S. Army Air Forces (American, dates unknown) United States Army Air Forces Boxer, 1941 Paine Field, Everett, Washington, Gift of Lt. Clyde Clark, Jr. (donated 1960)

Everett Museum of History (EMOH) with sponsorship from the Schack Art Center, presents Seeing Ourselves: Historic Portraiture Inspired by Chuck Close in the Collection of the Everett Museum of History.

Featuring a reimagining of historic portraits of local people from the Museum's vast collection, this exhibition examines the idea of transformation of an image through reproduction and replication. Over 40 rotating images will be duplicated and re-scaled to create a unique and proactive dialogue with Chuck Close's oversized, and frequently confrontational, portraits, on view in the main galleries, as well as create a new, wholly personal, interchange with the viewer.  

Viewing the images through the lens of the historical significance of portraiture, as well as the ongoing obsession of documenting ourselves, Seeing Ourselves further examines the urge of every person to make their own mark be it with a cave painted stick figure or a snapchat filtered selfie, challenging the viewer to see the newly envisaged image before them.

The images included in this exhibition cross mediums, from 19th- century photographs to pastel portraits and etchings to oil paintings. The viewer will have the unique experience of seeing reproductions of both the original image and the reimagined image side by side.

About Everett Museum of History:

The Everett Museum of History, previously the Snohomish County Museum and Historical Society, serves the City of Everett community through leadership and collaborations with local organizations and the operation of the Museum. We strive to educate all demographics about their cultural heritage and enhance the lives of youth and adults by providing educational programming that appeals to everyone. The Museum engages individuals who both have an interest in historical preservation as well as those who are new to the idea and to entertain them with new and unusual programs and exhibitions.  The organization works to evolve and preserve the permanent collection, as well as evolve the idea of what a historical museum is to a community.

While the Museum has been located in several buildings since its inception in 1954, it has never had a permanent home for the over 50,000 artifacts that would allow it to be a destination museum and fulfill our vision for a permanent home for this remarkable collection.