What happens when you cross Manet's velvety, richly colored portraiture with Warhol's passion for pop culture? The resulting lovechild may very well be the work of photographer and painter Elizabeth Peyton. Her portrait subjects span centuries: Earlier works include historical figures such as Napoleon, Marie Antoinette, and Ludwig of Bavaria, while mid-career pieces romanticize budding icons like Kurt Cobain, Oasis's Gallagher brothers, and Leonardo DiCaprio. Later works focus on friends and acquaintances (mostly established artists, designers, and filmmakers). It is clear that Peyton loves her subject matter as much as she adores deep colors, setting, and context. Be sure to check out the Walker After Hours Preview Party, an event worthy of the rockers and artists she's photographed and painted over the years. The evening will include cocktails and appetizers, karaoke with Arzu, DJ music with Jake Rudh, a portrait-making activity, and a screening of Kurt Cobain: About a Son. Looking to make sense of it all? Curator Laura Hopton will give a free talk at 2 p.m. the following day (Saturday, February 14).
Fri., Feb. 13, 9 p.m.-midnight, 2009