Approaches to Narrative

DeCordova Exhibits
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On View 2006 - 2007

Stories can be found in just about every aspect of our lives in the form of personal histories, childhood fairytales, or a favorite film. In the visual arts, the narrative impulse is as old as the oldest paintings and, in the past 30 years, has re-emerged in contemporary art as a mode for artists to convey personal, social, and political issues. Approaches to Narrative highlights artworks from DeCordova Museum’s Permanent Collection that use imagery to “tell” stories. The paintings, prints, photographs, drawings, and digital images on display ask viewers to consider how artists use basic storytelling components such as character, plot, and setting to create visual narratives. Narrative approaches represented will include documentary photography, expressionist figuration, realism, surrealism, collage, and illustration. 58 works by 29 New England artists will be on view. The themes explored in this show are linked to the educational content of the Art ExperienCenter. Organized by Curatorial Fellow Dina Deitsch with input from the DeCordova Education Department.