By Michael O’Sullivan
Friday, December 7, 2012
On Tuesday, the National Portrait Gallery will unveil an innovative group portrait that recombines elements of recorded interviews with 89 separate famous subjects into a single work that speaks to the interconnections of contemporary life in Washington.
Called “The Network,” artist Lincoln Schatz’s work uses “generative” software to scramble and remix video conversations with such luminaries as former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, journalist Cokie Roberts, Republican strategist Karl Rove, Clinton friend and adviser Vernon Jordan, Rep. Nancy Pelosi and Rep. Eric Cantor.
Opening day will feature a gallery talk with the artist at 6 p.m., followed by a book signing for Schatz’s “The Network: Portrait Conversations,” which features interviews and photographs selected from the footage.