Featuring work made over the past two decades, Deana Lawson is the first museum survey dedicated to this artist. Working primarily in photography, Lawson investigates and challenges conventional representations of Black identities and bodies. In her highly staged scenes, individuals, couples, and families are pictured in intimate domestic spaces and public settings, interacting with one another. The artist describes her work as “a mirror of everyday life, but also a projection of what I want to happen. It’s about setting a different standard of values and saying that everyday Black lives, everyday experiences, are beautiful, and powerful, and intelligent.”
Curious about Deana Lawson? Inquiring Minds invites participants to explore the exhibition through small group conversation. How does Lawson engage with her subjects in these constructed scenes? What recurring themes can we see in her works? What narratives does she create in her photographs? During this program, we will explore these questions and more through close looking and group discussion. Come as you are and share your observations and opinions.
Inquiring Minds meets in the Taylor Lobby of the Wieland Pavilion. Please make your way to the check-in cart located in front of Ellsworth Kelly’s Blue, Green, Red to have your digital ticket scanned. Stools and assistive listening devices will be provided.
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