When: July 3-Sept. 18 2021
In 2011 Brenda Zlamany began a multi-year project called The Itinerant Portraitist, in which she explores the constructive effects of portraiture in communities around the globe. The first chapter entailed a journey throughout Taiwan, during which she painted 888 portraits of indigenous inhabitants. Subsequent chapters of The Itinerant Portraitist have involved portraits of girls in an orphanage in the United Arab Emirates, taxicab drivers in Cuba, artists in Brooklyn, elderly and disabled adults in a nursing home in the Bronx, people affected by climate change in various locations throughout the United States, visitors to the King Abdulaziz Camel Festival in the Dahna Desert of Saudi Arabia, and, most recently, socially distanced mask wearers in New York. So far Zlamany has completed over 2000 portraits with The Itinerant Portraitist. A selection from each chapter will be exhibited at the Re Institute, along with a digital presentation, and a screening of her 20-minute documentary 100/100 ITINERANT PORTRAITIST from 2019. During the Upstate Art Weekend and at other times, Zlamany will be in the gallery painting visitors who have scheduled sittings. These portraits will become part of the exhibition and be added to the collection of people wearing masks in the time of COVID 19.