Meaning And Legacy Of The Bey Portrait Series At Emory

Meaning And Legacy Of The Bey Portrait Series At Emory


Mary Catherine Johnson, assistant director of Emory's Visual Arts Department and Gallery, and Leslie Harris, associate professor of history, talk about the meaning and legacy of the portrait series by Dawoud Bey. In partnership with the Transforming Community Project (TCP), the Visual Arts Department commissioned renowned photographer Bey to develop a series of portraits of the Emory community that communicates the University's diversity. This commission celebrates the culmination of TCP's five-year exploration of Emory's historic and current experiences of race, gender, sexuality and other forms of human difference. While Dawoud Bey was an artist in residence for four weeks during the Spring 2010 semester, he met with various members of the Emory community in several settings on both the Atlanta and Oxford campuses, asking people to reveal something about themselves that defines or guides their lives. See the online exhibit that accompanies the permanent exhibit of 20 selected photographs by Mr. Bey at The Emory Project exhibit opens on February 1, 2011, at Emory's Visual Arts Gallery and continues through March 5th.

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