UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar on view at National Portrait Gallery

 Titus Kaphar,  Time Travel , 2013, oil on canvas

Titus Kaphar, Time Travel, 2013, oil on canvas

  US IS THEM , 2015-2016, Pizzuti Collection | Left to Right: Titus Kaphar,  Doubt , 2010, bronze and oil on canvas | Titus Kaphar,  Time Travel , 2013, oil on canvas | Kehinde Wiley,  Treisha Lowe , 2012, oil on linen

US IS THEM, 2015-2016, Pizzuti Collection | Left to Right: Titus Kaphar, Doubt, 2010, bronze and oil on canvas | Titus Kaphar, Time Travel, 2013, oil on canvas | Kehinde Wiley, Treisha Lowe, 2012, oil on linen

UnSeen: Our Past in a New Light, Ken Gonzales-Day and Titus Kaphar will be on view at the National Portrait Gallery March 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019. 

"The exhibition highlights the work of two leading contemporary artists who grapple with the under- and misrepresentation of certain minorities in portraiture and American history. Gonzales-Day and Kaphar illuminate the contributions and sacrifices people of color made during the country’s founding. Kaphar defaces, cuts, and peels back his paintings to show how portraits of American historical figures, such as Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson, have traditionally coded racial difference, hid systemic prejudices, and omitted the presence of African Americans. Gonzales-Day photographs portrait busts, sculptures, and ethnographic casts in European and American museums to create installations that reveal how scientific studies, artistic conventions, and collecting tendencies have reinforced inappropriate notions of race and “Otherness.” Together, the work of these two artists will demonstrate how the absence of certain figures and communities in art has preempted their recognition in national history, and, in the process, will reclaim a space for them in the art historical context." 

-National Portrait Gallery

Kaphar's Time Travel (2013), is one of the artist's many featured works in the exhibition. The oil painting was previously shown at Pizzuti Collection in US IS THEM, which later traveled to the Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts in 2017.