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Editor’s note: At the time of publication the Katonah Museum of Art will be closed until further notice due to coronavirus concerns. The museum has made the artwork available on their website as a virtual exhibit while it is closed. The exhibit can be viewed online at katonahmuseum.org/exhibitions/virtualexhibitions.
The faces in the life-size portraits look steadily at viewers, asking you to see them, know them and to create a dialogue. Although their names and stories are unknown — lost photos from a bygone era lifted from a digital database — artist Bisa Butler has constructed an identity and narrative for these men, women and children that likely would please them.