Friday, Mar 01, 2013-Monday, May 27, 2013
Vija Celmins,
, 1967, acrylic on balsa wood, 6 5/8 x 20 x 3 1/8 inches. Collection Orange County Museum of Art, Newport Beach, CA; Gift of Avco Financial Services, Newport Beach.

Past Events

Members' Opening: Lifelike

Thursday, Feb 28, 2013 (All day)

Family ArtLAB: Lifelike Transformations

Sunday, Mar 03, 2013 - 2:00 PM-4:00 PM

A Curator’s Perspective

Monday, Mar 04, 2013 - 2:00 PM

Educator First Look Tour: LifeLike

Thursday, Mar 07, 2013 - 3:30 PM-5:00 PM

Axline Lecture

Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 7:00 PM


Monday, May 20, 2013 - 1:30 PM-2:15 PM

Is it real? Lifelike invites a close examination of works based on commonplace objects and situations, which are startlingly realistic, often playful, and sometimes surreal. This group exhibition, which debuted at the Walker Art Center, features artists variously using scale, unusual materials, and sly contextual devices to reveal the manner in which their subjects’ “authenticity” is manufactured.

Avoiding the brand-name flashiness embraced by 1960s Pop and the slick urban scenes introduced at that time by the Photorealists, the artists in Lifelike investigate the quieter side of the quotidian, choosing potentially overlooked items or moments as subject matter: a paper bag, an eraser, an apple core, a waiting room, an afternoon nap. They also favor a handmade, labor-intensive practices rather than technological enhancements. The resulting works—including painting, sculpture, photography, drawing, and video—transform the ordinary into something beguiling, loaded with narrative and metaphor, and imbued with an arresting sense of humanity.