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Joan Semmel

Bronx Museum of the Arts

January 27–June 16, 2013

Mirrored Screen (2005)

Mirrored Screen (2005)
Oil on canvas
50h x 58w in (127h x 147.32w cm)

Press Release

Joan Semmel: A Lucid Eye
The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Bronx, New York

The Bronx Museum of the Arts presents Joan Semmel: A Lucid Eye, the first museum exhibition dedicated exclusively to the work of Joan Semmel. The exhibition will include 27 of Semmel’s recent self-portraits, painted between 2005 and 2011, which capture the artist’s personal perspective on the process of aging. For four decades Semmel has created her iconic self-portraits based on photographs of herself taken in front of mirrors, a process that has previously eluded many viewers. Joan Semmel: A Lucid Eye reveals the artist's method through a group of four paintings in which Semmel portrays herself manipulating her camera in the mirror. The exhibition marks the first time the work of the Bronx native will be shown in her home borough.