Start date: April 6, 2024
End date: August 11, 2024
All-day event
Location: Riverside Art Museum 3425 Mission Inn Ave. Riverside, CA, 92501

Before You Now focuses on the enduring theme of the artist’s self-portrait, as seen in a selection of works from LACMA’s collections of photographs, prints, drawings, videos, and installation art. Primarily featuring contemporary makers, the exhibition is an introduction to seeing American artists as they see themselves—or as they want to be seen by their public. They are shown contemplating their physicality in realistic fashion, highlighting their persona through symbolic tropes, or utilizing humor or conceptual methods to enlighten, exa ggerate, or camouflage their reflective selves. Over 50 artists—including Laura Aguilar, Kwame Brathwaite, Kalli Arte Collective, Roger Shimomura, Cindy Sherman, Rodrigo Valenzuelaand June Wayne—display an ongoing fascination with, or return to, the self-portrait. Before You Now aims to broaden the topic to include many whose practice leans into an autobiographical narrative, and explores artists who are adding to and redefining our culture by expanding on ideas of identity.

Additional dates for exhibition:

California State University, Northridge: Aug 31–Dec 7, 2024

Lancaster Museum of Art and History: Jan 25–Apr 13, 2025

Vincent Price Art Museum: Jul 12–Sep 20, 2025