E2: The Art of Empathy
December 7 – 28, 2013
Opening: Saturday, Dec 7, 6-9pm
Photographers Elizabeth Kleinveld & E. Paul Julien, working under the artist name (E2), aim to bring about a discussion on the consequences of stereotypes and how they can lead to prejudice and discrimination.
In order to bring about this dialogue, E2 decided to take iconic images from paintings, photography, film and even literature and remake them with a twist. Beginning with the Flemish Primitives and spanning almost 600 years of art history, this series is done in conjunction with the Dutch National Theatre, which generously provides many of the costumes, wigs and props for the historical images. Highlights of the series include works based on: Titian’s Venus of Urbino (1538), Velazquez’ Venus at her Mirror (1647-51), Rembrandt’s the Jewish Bride (1665), Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (1665), David’s Death of Marat (1793), Hayez’ the Kiss (1859), and Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe (1863).