From Pygmalion to Melville’s Bartleby to The Portrait of Dorian Gray, artists and writers have consistently tried to understand how we create ourselves. Much as Rome is built upon the ruins of past Romes, we are built from layer upon layer of formative experience. We make fascinating choices about what to present and what to conceal, what identity to claim and what fantasy to nurture. Artworks in this exhibition draw parallels between interior life and interior design, our interior minds and our exterior decoration, making art and creating yourself.
“Last Night I Wore a Costume” presents a cross-generational selection of artists who explore appearance, style, daydreams, thoughts, feelings, memories, social identity, ability, power, failure, and morality.