This exhibition contrasts historical works of art with contemporary works of art, to question the ways in which we “see” images and construct their meaning. Works from the sixteenth-century that use very specific religious symbolism, for example, are juxtaposed with artworks from the 1980s that are purposefully ambiguous and metaphorical. The exhibition looks critically at the role of the viewer, of the artist and of the presenting institution: it examines the ways in which the experience of viewing art is framed and thus controlled. Eyes Wide Open questions the presumptions that viewers bring to the practice of looking at art and the authority that underlies any form of public display. It looks at art as a vehicle for both great visual pleasure and for careful thought. Included in Eyes Wide Open are works by Charles LeBrun, Cornelis Cort, Francisco Goya, David Hockney, Albrecht Durer, William Hogarth, Nathan Lyons, Robert Longo, Gregory Amenoff, Philip Guston, Johannes Baptista Homann, Carrie Mae Weems, Jan Peitersz Saenredam.
21 works, ca. 75 running feet, single hung
Francisco Jose de Goya y Lucientes, Spanish (1746-1828), Una Reina del Circo [A Queen of the Circus] or Disparate Puntual [Precarious Folly], 1816-1824, from the series Los Disparates [The Follies], etching and aquatint, 11 15/16 x 16 7/8 inches
Gift Of Anna C. Hoyt, CU Art Museum, University of Colorado at Boulder
Photo: Aaron Hoffman
(c) CU Art Museum