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Barbara Kruger: Images, Text, and Social Critique

Teacher Programs, National Gallery of Art

Barbara Kruger: Images, Text, and Social Critique
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This workshop explores the art of Barbara Kruger, whose provocative, captioned images engage in social, cultural, and political critique. Early work as a graphic designer and picture editor immersed her in the advertising world’s currency of constructed and marketed identities. The influence of commercial art is evident in her use of images drawn from mass media and paired with confrontational slogans. A now-iconic work from 1981 shows a photograph of a female, classical statue—a traditional symbol of beauty—with the phrase: “Your gaze hits the side of my face.” The politics of the male gaze and the asymmetrical power relationship between men and women were frequent subjects for Kruger. Participants will tour the exhibition of Kruger’s work, attend a talk that puts her work in social context, and create their own social critiques through strategically combining text and image in a short studio exercise.

Image: Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face) (detail), 1981, photograph and type on paper, Glenstone




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National Gallery of Art
East Building
4th St. and Constitution Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20565

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