Chrome Dreams and Infinite Reflections: Forty Years of Photorealism

Mary and Charlie Babcock Wing Gallery

Photorealist paintings and prints are based on photographs, but they are not simply demonstrations of virtuosic painting skills. Instead, they are evocative of the times in which they were created. 

Featuring works by Richard Estes, Robert Cottingham, Audrey Flack, Chuck Close, and Janet Fish, Chrome Dreams will highlight the glittering cityscapes, shiny storefront windows, and sleek automobiles of the 1960s and 70s. Visitors to the exhibition will also be transported by music and films from the era, which will create a nostalgic look at America’s post-war boom.

Richard Estes, D Train, 1988. Screenprint in colors, on museum board. © 2021 Richard Estes, Courtesy Menconi + Schoelkopf