MA – Secret Selves Exhibition

Artist/actor Leonard Nimoy will exhibit his recent photographic series that explores the lost or hidden self.

Inspired by Aristophanes’ theory that humans were once double-sided creatures with two heads and multiple limbs before Zeus cleaved man in two and left him forever struggling to be whole again, Nimoy’s photographs reveal his subjects’ other half. Shooting in nearby Northampton, Massachusetts, Nimoy recruited volunteers from the local community with an open call for portrait models willing to be photographed posed and dressed as their true or imagined “secret selves.” From the popular rock star and superman to the more unexpected dog lover and Pan, these various secret identities (off-line avatars as they might be described) offer an intimate, sometimes humorous, and often profound new look at the residents of Northampton and the inner yearnings and fantasies that we all share.

Accompanying the large, life-size photographs is a video documenting the artist’s conversations with his subjects and the poignant, personal moments he masterfully elicits from his unlikely muses.

You can sponsor this show for just $100 — your name on the wall and an invite to the opening! More info here. You must be a member of MASS MoCA or an exhibition sponsor to come to the opening reception. Not a member? Join today and be the first to see the exhibition and meet the artist.

Mr. Nimoy is signing 100 copies of the catalog Secret Selves, which will be available for purchase at Hardware: The MASS MoCA Store beginning at 4 p.m. on July 31. (Please note that he will not be signing books or autographs during the opening reception of the show.) Please also note that Mr. Nimoy will not sign any merchandise or Star Trek memorabilia at the museum; any such merchandise brought to the museum on July 31 will be checked at the door for the duration of the event.

Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art
1040 Mass MoCA Way, North Adams, MA 01247

(photo credit: Leonard Nimoy © Seth Kaye 2008)

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