American photographer, Dawoud Bey will discuss their work and process with critic, curator, and writer, Lyle Rexer. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Farnoosh Fathi.
Dawoud Bey is a photographer and educator whose portraits of people, many from marginalized communities, compel viewers to consider the reality of the subjects’ own social presence and histories. Dawoud Bey received a B.F.A. (1990) from Empire State College of the State University of New York and an M.F.A. (1993) from Yale University. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Walker Art Center, the National Portrait Gallery (London), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. In 1998, he joined the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Photography and a former Distinguished College Artist.
Lyle Rexer is an independent critic, curator and writer. He is the author of numerous books, catalogue essays, and articles on art, architecture, and photography. He contributes to many publications and writes a regular column for Photograph magazine. He lives in Brooklyn and teaches at the School of Visual Arts. Publications include The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography; Jonathan Lerman: The Drawings of An Artist with Autism; How to Look At Outsider Art; Photography’s Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes, among many others.
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Farnoosh Fathi is the author of “Great Guns,” editor of “Joan Murray: Drafts, Fragments, and Poems,” and founder of the Young Artists Language and Devotion Alliance. She has taught at The Poetry Project, Poets House, Columbia University and Stanford Online High School.