Artist Ancestors

Iconic cultural figures have come back from the great beyond to inspire McDonnell Theater-goers

Jan 14, 2022—Apr 30, 2023

ArtYard is pleased to present Artist Ancestors, an exhibition of artist Silky Shoemaker’s portraits of iconic cultural figures who have come back from the great beyond to inspire our community with examples of their brave, original, and idiosyncratic lives.

The Artist Ancestors were commissioned by ArtYard at the start of the pandemic to illuminate figures who inspire the ArtYard ethos while enforcing social distancing in the new McDonnell Theater. Visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy a concert, reading, or film screening beside departed luminaries such as Susan Sontag, Tolstoy, and Agnes Varda.