About Face

Currently on view

Exhibition Overview

The face is the window into the soul—if you know how to read it. Interpreting the expressions of those around you is important in learning how to communicate with others.

Your facial expression can say more than words when you smile, cry, wink, or yawn. Sometimes only subtle clues, like the direction of your eyes, the tilt of your head, or the way you hold your mouth will tell others what you’re truly thinking and feeling. How do your eyes, mouth, and nose work together to show how you feel?

This exhibition, located in the Education Gallery, highlights the different ways artists interpret the connection between emotion and expression.

Annie Leibovitz, American, b. 1949, June Carter Cash and Johnny Cash [at the House of Maybelle and Ezra Carter, Hiltons, Virginia], 2001, Gelatin silver print; 2006 reprint, Memphis Brooks Museum of Art; Gift of Jeff Farmer in memory of the artistic talents of his brother, Greg, 2007.38. © Annie Leibovitz