Before the advent of easy photography, capturing the likeness of an individual was a privilege reserved for those who could afford to commission a portrait. Filling the gap was the unique art of silhouettes, which dominated middle-class parlors through the 19th century. This exhibit collects some fo the museum's best pieces and traces the development of the artform through contemporary practitioners like Kara Walker and Kumi Yamashita (whose installation at the end of the exhibition is particularly impressive).

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