State of the Art Lecture: Dawoud Bey—Representing the Human Subject
Thursday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.
The State of the Art lecture series focuses on issues in the contemporary art world and feature presentations by nationally and internationally renowned authorities.
This lecture coincides with an exhibition on view at the Frist Center: The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection, which features more than 200 iconic photographs, films and film-related materials selected from the world-renowned collection of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York.
Dawoud Bey began his career as a photographer in 1975 with a series of photographs, Harlem, USA, that were later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. He has since had numerous exhibitions worldwide, at such institutions as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, National Portrait Gallery (London), and the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), where his works were also included in the 2000 Whitney Biennial. The Walker Art Center (location) organized a mid-career survey of his work in 1995 that traveled to institutions throughout the United States and Europe. A major publication, “Dawoud Bey: Portraits, 1975-1995,” was published in conjunction with the exhibition.
Bey’s works are included in the permanent collections of numerous museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Ga.), Museum of Contemporary Art (Chicago), National Portrait Gallery (London), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) and many others. He has received numerous awards and fellowships over the course of his career including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Bey has taught at colleges, universities, and other institutions for the past 30 years, and is currently professor of photography at Columbia College Chicago. He received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University School of Art, and is presently represented in the United States by Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.