The artist’s task in creating an exceptional portrait must b e more than rendering an accurate likeness of the subject. The artist must find a story to tell about the subject and make that story compelling. Form al portraits typically focus on the public aspects of an individual’s life\ , such as their position in a family or society or their celebrated accompl ishments and honors. Portraits can also be informal\, revealing aspects of the sitter’s private interests\, friendships and emotional life. Life S tories: American Portraits Past and Present features paintings\, photo graphs and sculpture spanning a period of over two hundred years. The exhib ition explores how styles and purposes of portraiture have changed over tim e\, reflecting changing social values and the shift of emphasis from formal to casual representations of the individual. Early American paintings by B enjamin West\, Rembrandt Peale and William Hubard include formal portraits of distinguished individuals\, families and military heroes and reveal much about the history and social values of the period. From the late 19th and early 20th centuries are portraits by John Singer Sargent\, Childe Hassam a nd Robert Henri. These artists are represented with portraits of friends an d acquaintances that are painted with engaging warmth that expresses the bo nd between artist and subject. Cindy Sherman\, Elizabeth Peyton and Anneè O lofsson are among the contemporary artists represented in the exhibition. T hese important artists have used portraiture to explore issues of identity\ , psychology and spirituality that go beyond individual character. For thes e artists\, portraiture is an opportunity to make broader statements about culture and society. These contemporary artists demonstrate that portraitur e remains a vital tradition still open to new and creative possibilities. LOCATION:Orlando Museum of Art\,2416 North Mills Avenue \nOrlando\, Florida 32803-1483 SUMMARY:Life Stories: American Portraits Past and Present\, Childe Hassam\, Robert Henri\, William Hubard\, Anneè Olofsson\, Rembrandt Peale\, Elizabe th Peyton\, John Singer Sargent\, Cindy Sherman\, Benjamin West END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR