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Dawoud Bey in The New Social Environment #85: Dawoud Bey with Lyle Rexer

American photographer, Dawoud Bey will discuss their work and process with critic, curator, and writer, Lyle Rexer. We’ll conclude with a poetry reading from Farnoosh Fathi.


Dawoud Bey is a photographer and educator whose portraits of people, many from marginalized communities, compel viewers to consider the reality of the subjects’ own social presence and histories. Dawoud Bey received a B.F.A. (1990) from Empire State College of the State University of New York and an M.F.A. (1993) from Yale University. His work has been included in solo and group exhibitions at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Walker Art Center, the National Portrait Gallery (London), and the Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others. In 1998, he joined the faculty of Columbia College Chicago, where he is currently a professor in the Department of Photography and a former Distinguished College Artist.

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