The Department of Art and Art History, Institute for Diversity in the Arts, and Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity present a lecture by Deana Lawson.
Deana Lawson is a photo-based artist born in Rochester, New York. She received her MFA in photography from Rhode Island School of Design in 2004. Her work examines the body’s ability to channel personal and social histories, addressing themes of familial legacy, community, desire, and religious-spiritual aesthetics. Her practice borrows from simultaneous visual traditions, ranging from photographic and figurative portraiture, social documentary aesthetics, and vernacular family album photographs.
Lawson meets her subjects in everyday walks of life: grocery stores, subway trains, busy avenues in Bedstuy, Brooklyn, and road trips taken to the American south. Lawson received the prestigious Guggenheim Fellowship in 2013, which gave her the opportunity to photograph internationally. She has photographed in DR Congo, Haiti, Jamaica, Ethiopia, Ghana, and Brazil. Lawson has exhibited work at the Carnegie Museum, the Underground Museum, the Whitney Biennial, Huis Marseille Museum for Photography, and others. Her work has been published in ArtForum, TIME, The New Yorker, and Aperture. Lawson currently has a solo exhibition on view at the Kunsthalle Museum in Basel, Switzerland, through October 2020, and has an upcoming exhibition at the Bienal de São Paulo in Brazil in September 2021. She is currently a professor of photography at Princeton University.
Image: Deana Lawson, Chief (detail), 2019. Courtesy of the artist.
Visitor Information: This event will take place online via Zoom. Please register in advance (your name and email address are required). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing a link to join the Zoom webinar. You do not need a Zoom account to participate. We look forward to having you!