Pauly Friedman and MacDonald Art Galleries - 2018 Calendar

All exhibitions and lectures are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated.

Galleries are closed for all university holidays including Spring and Fall Recess or cancellations due to weather. If traveling from a distance, please call or email to confirm the gallery will be open (570) 674-6250 or LLittle@misericordia.edu.

The Gallery is always free and open to the public. All ages welcome.

Fall Hours 2018

The Pauly Friedman Art Gallery will operate on the following schedule:

Monday – CLOSED
Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Thursday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM
Saturday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Sunday: 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM


September 11 - December 2, 2018

Contemplating Character: Portrait Drawings & Oil Sketches from Jacques Louis David to Lucien Freud

Public reception: Saturday, September 22, 4-6pm, Pauly Friedman Art Gallery, 2nd floor Insalaco Hall. Free and open to the public of all ages. Light refreshments will be served. To RSVP or to schedule a tour please contact Alexandra Isaac, aisaac@misericordia.edu or (570) 674-8422.

The exhibition explores the evolution of portraiture from the end of the 18th century until the present. In contrast to portraiture as the tired flattery of the rich and powerful at the end of the eighteenth century, the invigorating new movements of Neoclassicism, Romanticism and Realism that took hold of art at the end of the eighteenth century and into the nineteenth century were the result of a desire for a sense of "unvarnished truth," and a more honest and gritty incisiveness of depiction emerged. By the twentieth century, the hallmark of the portrait was individuality; the sense of “personality” was primary, whether stylistically Post-Impressionist, Expressionist, Surrealist, or Realist.

One of the primary drivers of this evolution was the invention of photography at the end of the 1830s; it freed creative artists from the necessity of providing mere likeness through their art, to the degree that Paul Delaroche said, “From today, painting is dead.” He was wrong, of course—the competition of photography simply freed artists from the chore of representation, allowing imagination to rule. It this evolution that CONTEMPLATING CHARACTER clearly demonstrates with stunning examples.

152 rare portrait drawings and oil sketches are featured, ranging from a late 18th century work by Jacques Louis David to four works by Lucian Freud, and including many remarkable works such as a French Revolution portrait of George Washington all of one half inch high; an unusual caricature of Charles Garnier (1825-1898,) the famed architect of the Paris Opera; an English portrait miniature circa 1810 depicting a single eye; a self-portrait reflected in a glass, part of a still life by Auguste-Hilaire Leveille; and a self-portrait by Louis-Joseph-Cesar Ducomet (French 1806-1856,) an artist born without arms!

Additionally the collection shows remarkable strength in self-portraits, irreverently including such works as Alfred Hitchcock’s famous profile seen by millions at the introduction to the television series “Alfred Hitchcock Presents" (1955—1962) and Aubrey Beardsley’s decadent India ink portrait of Oscar Wilde.

The works are drawn from the collection of esteemed curator, Robert Flynn Johnson, Curator Emeritus, Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, Fine arts Museums of San Francisco.


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