DISTINCTION: Five Centuries of Portraiture

Distinction PosterJuly 29 – December 23, 2016

This exhibition challenges the basic definition of a portrait as a likeness, by considering the meaning behind the image—how physical form and individual identity are conveyed in various poses, attitudes, emblems, and artistic styles. Exploring the history of early modern, modern, and contemporary portraiture, DISTINCTION features approximately thirty European and American artworks mainly from the permanent collection, including several recent acquisitions and works that have never been displayed before.

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Museum Galleries are CLOSED.
The Museum is preparing to move to a new location at the lower east level of Ellis Library in the center of the MU campus.
Reopening date is as yet unknown. It is hope that the galleries will be open by Spring/Summer 2022.

"I still remember the feeling of awe and disbelief when I was alone and walked in the room with those casts." --Ruth Tofle, chair of architecture, winner of the 2013 distinguished faculty award from the MU Alumni Association