Dawoud Bey: Picturing People


OPENING DAY: Thursday, January 22, 2015, 10am-4pm

Mark your calendar: January 22, 2015 – March 7, 2015

The McDonough Museum of Art presents Dawoud Bey: Picturing People, an expansive career survey of the Chicago-based photographer, which ranges from street encounters to formal studio portraits. Dawoud Bey is distinguished for his commitment to portraiture as a means for understanding contemporary society, first gaining notoriety as a photographer for his acclaimed series Harlem U.S.A., exhibited at The Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979.

Since 2010, Bey has been photographing two individuals that although members of the same socio-geographic community, are strangers to one another. Casually positioned side-by-side, between them are differences in age, race, comportment, gender etc. calling into question the terms on which community is imagined in relation to self and vice versa. A project that began in Atlanta under the aegis of Emory University, has now been brought to Hyde Park, Chicago, home of both the artist and the greater University of Chicago community.

The 50 images in Picturing People, organized by The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, represent the evolution of Bey’s work in the three decades since, during which time he continued his portraiture of primarily African-American and teenage subjects.

McDonough Museum of Art, 525 Wick Ave, Youngstown, Ohio 44502
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