Visiting Scholar: Dawoud Bey
Friday / February 27th / 6:30 pm
As Sitter continues its acclaimed run in the Canzani Center Gallery through March 26th, CCAD is pleased to welcome Dawoud Bey to the Canzani Auditorium on Friday, February 27th, 6:30 pm.
For over thirty years Dawoud Bey’s work has been concerned with the making of resonant representations of peoples within marginalized communities that seek to position those subjects within their own active social space and histories as well as the larger historical conversation about issues of representation.
While using the portrait as a site of social narrative, individual psychological and emotion resonance, historical reimagining, and individual agency, Bey’s work continually raises the questions of who is represented or not within our society, and how. His recent Birmingham Project evokes the tragic events of September 15, 1963 when four black girls and two boys were killed in Birmingham, AL in acts of racist violence. These diptych portraits depict young black children who are the ages of the young people killed and women and men the ages they would have been fifty years later. A video work 9.15.63 evokes the quiet Sunday morning turned horrifically tragic.
Dawoud Bey began his career as an artist 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 Addison Gallery of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the High Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Museum of Modern Art, NY, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and other museums worldwide.
His many museum-based projects have been focused on making those institutional spaces more accessible to the communities in which they are situated. He has been particularly concerned with making those spaces more accessible to young people through his participatory projects. These projects have been completed with a wide range of institutions, including the Addison Gallery of American Art, Birmingham Museum of Art, Detroit Institute of Arts, Walker Art Center, Wadsworth Atheneum, Wexner Center for the Arts, and the National Portrait Gallery, London among many others. His curatorial projects have included a number of exhibitions curated for such institutions as the Addison Gallery of American Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, DePaul Art Museum, Hyde Park Art Center, Museum of Contemporary Photography, the Walters Art Museum, and the Weatherspoon Art Museum.
Bey’s work is included in numerous publication, and is the subject of several monographs and publications, including Class Pictures (Aperture, 2007), Harlem, USA (Yale University Press, 2012), Picturing People Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, 2012), and Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project (Birmingham Museum of Art, 2013). Bey is the recipient of fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts among others honors.
Dawoud Bey holds a Master of Fine Arts degree from Yale University School of Art, and is currently Professor of Art and a Distinguished College Artist at Columbia College Chicago, where he has taught since 1998. He is represented by Mary Boone Gallery, New York, Rena Bransten Gallery, San Francisco, and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago.
January 23 – March 25 / 2015
Canzani Center Gallery
Columbus College of Art & Design
60 Cleveland Avenue
Columbus / Ohio / 43215