Alice Neel and Portraits in Art Conference

Saturday 24.9. from 11:00 to 15:00

This conference focuses specifically on paintings by Alice Neel, a masterful portrayer of people, while also discussing portraits and self-portraits in art in general. Admission is included in the museum entrance fee. The conference languages are Finnish and English.


11:00    Welcoming words
Director Susanna Pettersson, Ateneum Art Museum
In English

11:10    “There are no whole truths. All truths are half-truths”. Alice Neel in the Modernist Era.
Curator Jeremy Lewison
In English

12:10    All too Human – The Perverse Poetics of Alice Neel’s “Pictures of People”
PhD Marja Lahelma
In English

Alice Neel is best known for her portraits, which depict ordinary people as well as celebrities. This talk examines the fascinating ways in which her paintings both draw from and resist the tradition of portraiture.

13:00    Break

13:30    An Artist’s Speech: About Portraits and Self-Portraits
Visual artist Pauliina Turakka Purhonen, interviewed by Head of Public Programmes Satu Itkonen, Ateneum Art Museum
In Finnish

14:15    Insights into the Portraits and Self-Portraits in the Ateneum Collections    
Curator Anu Utriainen, Ateneum Art Museum
In Finnish

14:45     Closing discussion
In Finnish and English

15:00     Curator Jeremy Lewison’s tour of the exhibition
In English

The museum is open until 17:00.

Guided tours during the day
12:00-12:45    A guided tour of the Alice Neel exhibition in English
13:00-13:45    A guided tour of the Alice Neel exhibition in Finnish