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Hofstra Museum Reception for “From ‘Portraits to Tweets'”

The Hofstra University Museum (HUM) will host an opening reception for From Portraits to Tweets: Imagery, Technology and the U.S. Presidency on Thursday, February 12, 2015 at 4 p.m. at Emily Lowe Gallery. From Gilbert Stuart’s portrait of George Washington and Robert Rauschenberg’s print of John F. Kennedy to contemporary tweets about President Obama, this exhibition  shows how time and technology impact public perception of the American presidency. The opening reception is free and open to the public. From Portraits to Tweets will be on display through May 8.

Alex Guofeng Cao (1969); "Lincoln vs. Obama," (2009) Chromogenic print with Dibond Plexiglas Courtesy of the artist.
Alex Guofeng Cao (1969); “Lincoln vs. Obama,” (2009)
Chromogenic print with Dibond Plexiglas
Courtesy of the artist.

Beth E. Levinthal, Executive Director of the Hofstra University Museum, explains, “This exhibition takes us from the early days of our republic to the contemporary scene where even Twitter and Facebook play a role in our perceptions of the presidency.”

From Portraits to Tweets will be on display at the same time the Hofstra Cultural Center presents its 12th Presidential Conference on George W. Bush, March 24-26, 2015. Beginning in 1982 with FDR: The Man, The Myth, The Era: 1882-1945, this renowned series of Hofstra conferences has brought together scholars from a wide variety of fields, journalists, former government officials and in some cases the former Presidents themselves to discuss the policies and issues of the various presidencies.

An illustrated full-color catalog accompanies From Portraits to Tweets , as do in-gallery interpretive materials, including an interactive touch screen kiosk with supplemental material examining the artistic methods and processes and a free Art Caper activity for children and families.

Nixon Ping Pong Paddle, 1972 Ink on paper, rubber and wood, Hofstra University Libraries, Special Collections
Nixon Ping Pong Paddle, 1972
Ink on paper, rubber and wood, Hofstra University Libraries, Special Collections

A second presidential-themed exhibition, The George W. Bush Presidency: Points of Perspective, also developed by the HUM, will be on view February 23-April 10, 2015 at the David Filderman Gallery, 9th floor, Axinn Library, South Campus. This will feature works of art, documents, photographs, and objects focusing events and actions (ie. 2000 Election, 9/11, Hurricane Katrina, The War on Terror) that required George W. Bush administration responses and decisions.

For more information about these exhibit and associated public programs please call (516) 463-5672.

The Hofstra University Museum has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 4% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.

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Top image: Gilbert Stuart (1775-1828); Richard’s Portrait of George Washington, 1805-1815; Museum Purchase by contributions from the community and friends of Syracuse and Onandaga County as a tribute to the American Bicentennial, PC 76.35. Image courtesy of the Everson Museum of Art.

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