Precarious at The National Portrait Gallery

May 11, 2018 - March 10, 2019

Camille’s will debut a new interactive installation Precarious in the group exhibition Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now at The National Portrait Gallery, in Washington DC.

Princeton University Press is publishing the scholarly exhibition catalog, which is forthcoming in June 2018, and is available here.

Exhibition webpage 

Smithsonian Newsroom announcement

Camille will be giving an Artist Gallery Talk: Saturday May 12, 2:00

From the Black Out press release:

Silhouettes—cut paper profiles—were a hugely popular and democratic form of portraiture in the 19th century, offering virtually instantaneous likenesses of everyone from presidents to those who were enslaved. The exhibition Black Out: Silhouettes Then and Now explores this relatively unstudied art form by examining its rich historical roots and considering its forceful contemporary presence.

The show features works from the Portrait Gallery’s extensive collection of silhouettes, and at the same time, the exhibition reveals how contemporary artists are reimagining silhouettes in bold and unforgettable ways. The featured contemporary artists are Kara Walker, who makes panoramic silhouettes of plantation life and African American history; Canadian artist Kristi Malakoff, who  cuts paper to make life-size sculptures depicting a children’s Maypole dance; MacArthur-prize-winner Camille Utterback, who will present an interactive digital work that reacts to visitors’ shadows and movements; and Kumi Yamashita, who “sculpts” light and shadow with objects to create mixed-media profiles of people who are not there.

With both historical and contemporary explorations into the silhouette, Black Out reveals new pathways between our past and present, particularly with regard to how we can reassess notions of race, power, individualism, and even, our digital selves.

This exhibition is curated by Portrait Gallery Curator of Prints, Drawings and Media Arts, Asma Naeem.