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Dawoud Bey

Picturing People
May 13 – July 13, 2012


Dawoud Bey

Bey began his career as a photographer in 1975 with a series of photographs, Harlem, U.S.A., that were later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. Bey has since had numerous exhibitions worldwide and his works are included in the permanent collections of museums including the Art Institute and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, the Brooklyn Museum, the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and others. The Walker Art Center organized a mid-career survey of his work, Dawoud Bey: Portraits 1975-1995, that traveled to institutions throughout the United States and Europe. Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey was published by Aperture in 2007. In 2008, he completed Character Project, commissioned by USA Network and published by Chronicle Books in 2009. DAWOUD BEY, Picturing People will encompass works representing these projects and will also debut photographs from a new series titled Strangers/Community, which brings together for a double portrait people from one community who were previously unknown to each other. Bey is a Distinguished College Artist and a Professor of Art in the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago, where he has taught since 1998.

Dawoud Bey's website.

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