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"Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project"
November 1, 2014 - January 25, 2015
George Eastman House
International Museum of Photography and Film
900 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607

Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey’s The Birmingham Project is a reflection on the September 15, 1963, bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama—an event that resulted in the deaths of six African American adolescents.

To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of this tragedy—which became a flash point of the Civil Rights Movement—Bey photographed Birmingham residents; about half of those photographed were the same ages as the victims (11, 13, 14, 16), and the rest were the ages that those children would have been in 2013, had they lived. Thirteen of the sixteen resulting diptychs will be on view in the exhibition at Eastman House.

"The Discerning Eye: Dawoud Bey, Terry Evans, and Joseph Jachna"
October 6 - November 6, 2014
Christopher Art Gallery at Prairie State College
202 S. Halsted Street
Chicago Heights, IL 60411

The three master photographers in the exhibition, The Discerning Eye, portray their insightful understanding of the world in their works, but each from a very different perspective. Dawoud Bey, Terry Evans and Joseph Jachna all make us notice, and they ask us to look deeper than the surface and to think beyond our own limited perceptions of reality.

"Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project"
May 1 - July 18, 2014
Mary Boone Gallery
745 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10151

The Birmingham Project marks Bey's return to the New York gallery arena with his first commercial gallery exhibition since in ten years. "The Birmingham Project," which debuted at the Birmingham Museum of Art in 2013, commemorates the moment on September 15, 1963 four young black girls were killed in the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church and two black boys were killed later that same day in related incidents of racial violence. Bey's large-scal diptych portray subjects who are the ages of those young people and the ages that they would have been 50 years later when this work was made. Writing in the New York Times, Maurice Beger noted, "The power of “The Birmingham Project,” and Mr. Bey’s work in general, resides in its ability to draw us into the issues it raises through work that is beautiful and visually compelling. "

"Dawoud Bey: Portraits in Context"
April 10 - June 22, 2014
DePaul Art Museum
935 W. Fullerton
Chicago, IL 60614

“Dawoud Bey: Portraits in Context” seeks to open up the processes of portrait-making and exhibition-making by presenting a body of Bey’s photographs, “Street Portraits,” alongside portraits by other artists he has selected from DPAM’s permanent collection. For this project, Bey approached the gallery as a site for conversation. His intuitive installation brings the photographs into new contexts, allowing them to participate in a unique conversation with each other and with Bey’s own work.

"The 2014 Whitney Biennial"
March 7 - May 25, 2014
The Whitney Museum of American Art
945 Madison Avenue
at 75th Street
New York, NY 10021

The 2014 Whitney Biennial will take a bold new form as three curators from outside the Museum—Stuart Comer (Chief Curator of Media and Performance Art at MoMA), Anthony Elms (Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia), and Michelle Grabner (artist and Professor in the Painting and Drawing Department at the School of the Art Institute, Chicago)—each oversee one floor, representing a range of geographic vantages and curatorial methodologies.

Donna De Salvo, Chief Curator and Deputy Director for Programs at the Whitney, noted: “The 2014 Biennial brings together the findings of three curators with very distinct points of view. There is little overlap in the artists they have selected and yet there is common ground. This can be seen in their choice of artists working in interdisciplinary ways, artists working collectively, and artists from a variety of generations. Together, the 103 participants offer one of the broadest and most diverse takes on art in the United States that the Whitney has offered in many years.”

"Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project"
September 5 - October 19, 2013
Rena Bransten Gallery
77 Geary Street
San Francisco, CA 94108

Opening Reception: Thursday, September 5, from 5:30 - 7:30 PM

(See Birmingham Museum of Art listing below for details about this work. Newly made photographs from The Birmingham Project will be shown for the first time as well as a new video work 9.15.63.)

"Dawoud Bey: The Birmingham Project"
September 8 - December 2, 2013
Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Rev. Abraham Woods, Jr. Blvd
Birmingham, Alabama 35203
Opening Reception: Sunday, September 8 at 2 PM

Acclaimed photographer Dawoud Bey presents an exhibition of portraits, which symbolically commemorates the four young girls and two boys whose lives were lost on September 15, 1963, in the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Alabama. As some of the youngest victims of the Civil Rights Movement, Addie Mae Collins (14), Denise McNair (11), Carole Robertson (14), and Cynthia Wesley (14) are memorialized along with Virgil Ware (13) and Johnny Robinson (16), two Birmingham boys who lost their lives as a result of the violence that followed the bombing.

To create the portraits, Bey photographed girls, women, boys, and men who currently reside in Birmingham. The subjects represent the ages of the young victims at the time of their deaths, and the ages they would be were they alive today. Without specifically referencing the incidents, the project serves as a memorial to lives lost, and a reflection on the past, present, and future. Bey also created a new video work 9.15.63 that is a visual meditation on that tragic Sunday morning.

"Dawoud Bey: Picturing People"
June 7 - September 8, 2013
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
Museum of Contemporary Art
North Miami
Joan Lehman Building
770 NE 125th Street
North Miami, Florida 33161

The Museum of Contemporary 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. 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.

"Dawoud Bey: Picturing People"
May 13 - June 26, 2012
Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago
5811 S. Ellis Avenue
Bergman Gallery, Cobb Hall 418
Opening Reception - Sunday, May 13th, from 4 - 7 PM

Since 1975, Chicago-based photographer Dawoud Bey has developed a body of work distinguished for its commitment to portraiture as means for understanding contemporary social circumstances. Ranging from chance street encounters to studio portraits, Bey has investigated a range of methods to find increased engagement with his subjects, and the resulting candor and expression such images convey. The Renaissance Society is pleased to present a career survey of Bey’s work, which will be accompanied by a catalogue including new scholarly essays, and is being slated to travel.

"Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A"
May 2nd - September 9, 2012
Art Institute of Chicago
Gallery 189

Thanks to the efforts of more than 20 patrons the complete vintage set of Harlem, U.S.A. prints has been acquired by the Art Institute. A further five photographs from that time, never before printed or exhibited, will be donated by Bey to the museum this fall. Complementing this exhibition are a selection of permanent collection works in Gallery 10 curated by Bey as well as a career survey of Bey’s work presented at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago from May 13 through June 26.

Dawoud Bey, Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, 
and Matthew Witkovsky in Conversation
May 2nd, from 6 - 8 PM
Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall

6:00 p.m.  Conversation with Dawoud Bey in Fullerton Hall
7:00 p.m.  Exhibition Viewing and Reception in Griffin Court
Be the first to see the Art Institute’s presentation of Harlem, U.S.A., a series of Dawoud Bey’s photographs that has not been shown in its entirety since it debuted at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. The evening begins with a conversation among Dawoud Bey; Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts, author of the monograph Harlem Is Nowhere and essayist for Harlem, U.S.A.; and Matthew Witkovsky, Richard and Ellen Sandor Chair and Curator, Department of Photography. Dawoud Bey: Harlem, U.S.A. catalogues (Yale University Press) will be available for purchase. 
Reservation Required

"Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery"
February 18–June 26, 2011
Yale University Art Gallery

A collaboration among a team of students from Yale and the University of Maryland, College Park, Embodied: Black Identities in American Art from the Yale University Art Gallery features works that address, question, and complicate the paradigms that have mapped meanings onto African American bodies throughout history. The 54 works selected for the exhibition, representing the Gallery’s commitment during the past decade to growing this area of the collection, include paintings, sculpture, decorative arts, prints, drawings, and photographs. The exhibition is accompanied by a fully illustrated catalogue.

"Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey"
January 21–March 20, 2011
Grand Rapids Art Museum

Bey traveled to six high schools in the Midwest and on both coasts. As artist-in-residence, he photographed students from across the economic, social, and ethnic spectrum. Class Pictures presents forty large-as-life photographs from this project.

"The Truth is Not in the Mirror: Photography and a Constructed Identity"
Jan. 19 - May 22, 2011
Haggerty Museum of Art at Marquette University

Photography as a medium has always been actively concerned with describing identity. While a portrait is typically an artistic representation of a person where verisimilitude is the goal, here the inquiry is questioned and expanded. Rather than employing a camera to create an objective document, the artists in this exhibition are often involved in constructing narrative sequences that pose questions with open-ended outcomes. 

The artists in the exhibition: Tina Barney, Claire Beckett, Valerie Belin, Dawoud Bey, Jesse Burke, Kelli Connell, Michael Corridore, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Rineke Dijkstra, Jason Florio, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Andy Freeberg, Lee Friedlander, David Hockney, Nikki S. Lee, Graham Miller, Martin Parr, Thomas Ruff, The Sartorialist, Alec Soth, Will Steacy, Larry Sultan, and Mickalene Thomas.

"Best Face Forward: The Presented View"
January 25th - March 11th
NIU Art Museum

Opening:  January 27th 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Best Face Forward: The Presented View, examines studio portrait photography with art by Dawoud Bey, Nora Herting, and Andy Warhol.  Also included will be anonymously shot and unidentified photos from the private collection of Charles Rudolph, including 19th century tin-types and early 20th century mug-shots.  Each body of work explores an aspect of the circular relationship between artist/photographer, subject and audience.
Artists Talks will be held after the opening reception - Thursday January 27, 6:00 p.m.

"Dawoud Bey's Harlem, USA"
November 11, 2010 - March 13, 2011
Studio Museum in Harlem

In Dawoud Bey’s Harlem, USA, the artist takes viewers on a journey through this historic neighborhood. As a young man growing up in Queens, Bey (b. 1953) was intrigued by his family’s history in Harlem. His parents met at church there and it was home to many family and friends he visited as a child. Bey began making photographs at sixteen, after viewing the work of James VanDerZee (1886–1983) for the first time.

"Class Pictures: Photograph by Dawoud Bey" and "Dawoud Bey: First Year Florida"
October 10, 2010 - January 2, 2011
Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art

This fall, the Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida will present two photography exhibitions by Dawoud Bey, Dawoud Bey: First-Year Florida Project and Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey. The companion exhibitions depict youth at a pivotal transitional period in their lives. The First-Year Florida Project, commissioned by the Harn, features students at the University of Florida at the start of their first year of college.

"Mixing Metaphors: The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art"
August 14 - December 17, 2010
Howard University Gallery of Art

Howard University and Bank of America showcase a significant collection of contemporary African American art from the Bank of America Collection

"New Paradigms: How "We" Are Influencing Art"
Friday, April 9th at 6:30 PM
Art Institute of Chicago, Rubloff Auditorium

A conversation featuring Kehinde Wiley, Dawoud Bey, and Theaster Gates

This conversation features three African American artists who will discuss their art practice and the ways in which the have gone about shaping their practice and the various ways in which they each engage art history and the museum.

"Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey"
March 26 through August 6. 2010
Chrysler Museum

On view in the Frank Photography Gallery

Photographer Dawoud Bey spent five years traveling to high schools across the country, photographing teens from across the economic, racial, and ethnic spectrum. Class Pictures presents 40 of his large-as-life photographs, each accompanied by a commentary in which the sitters describe themselves and their lives. The result is a touching, funny, and sometimes harrowing portrait of American youth at the dawn of the 21st century.

"From Then to Now : Masterworks of Contemporary African American Art"
January 29th, 2010 through May 9th, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

Addressing a range of themes and issues, the exhibition presents an overview of the rich cultural heritage voiced by contemporary African-American artists in their examination of history, identity, and memory. Their universal search for meaning in facing the past and confronting the challenges of the present binds these works together in what ultimately represents a celebration of and triumph of the creative spirit.

College Art Association
February 10th, 2010
Keynote Address: The Art World and The Real World: Bridging the Great Divide"

Dawoud Bey is a world-renowned photographer and Distinguished College Artist and Associate Professor of Art at Columbia College Chicago. He delivered this keynote address at CAA’s Convocation, held during the 98th Annual Conference, on Wednesday, February 10, 2010.
This text is copyright © 2010 by Dawoud Bey.

College Art Association Newsletter
Pages 16 - 21

"Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey"
Emory University Visual Arts Gallery
February 4-March 4, 2010
Opening reception: Thursday, February 4, 5-7 pm

The Visual Arts Gallery is Emory University’s center for the presentation of contemporary art. Approaching contemporary art as a cultural prism though which all manner of inquires pass—literary and historical, scientific and social scientific, ethical and spiritual—the gallery shows work by leading national and international artists.

College Art Association
Featured Convocation Speaker
February 10, 2010
Hyatt Regency Hotel

Dawoud Bey will deliver the keynote address during Convocation at the 2010 CAA Annual Conference in Chicago. He is the second photographer in four years to speak at Convocation, with Duane Michals delivering the keynote address at the 2007 conference in New York.

PhotoAlliance Lecture
Friday, January 29, 2010
San Francisco Art Institute Lecture Hall

The PhotoAlliance lecture series brings to the Bay Area a rich range of talent and ideas to further the communities dialogue with contemporary photography.

"Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey"
October 24 - December 18
Kresge Art Museum
Michigan State University

Opening reception:
Sunday, October 25, 2-4 pm, Kresge Art Museum
Hosted by Friends of Kresge Art Museum

Monday, October 26, 2009, 7 pm, Room A133, Life Sciences
Department of Art & Art History
Visiting Artist Lecture Series

"Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey"
April 16 - July 12, 2009
Milwaukee Art Museum

There will be a dialogue with the Dawoud Bey and MAM Curator of Photography Lisa Hostetler on April 23rd followed by an opening reception.

Symposium: Yousuf Karsh and the Art of Photography
April 4, 2009, from 1 - 5 PM
Art Institute of Chicago

Dawoud Bey, Jerry Fielder, David Travis and Colin Westerbeck discuss issue of portraiture in conjunction with the AIC exhibition Yousuf Karsh: Regarding Heroes, which celebrates the centenary of the birth of the renowned portraitist Yousuf Karsh.

"State of the Art" Lecture: 
Dawoud Bey - Representing the Human Subject
Thursday, December 4, 2008
Frist Center for the Visual Arts

The State of the Art lecture series focuses on issues in the contemporary art world and feature presentations by nationally and internationally renowned authorities. This lecture coincides with an exhibition on view at the Frist Center: The Best of Photography and Film from the George Eastman House Collection, which features more than 200 iconic photographs, films and film-related materials selected from the world-renowned collection of George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film in Rochester, New York.

"Artists at Work Forum: How to Turn Your Art Into a Career"
Thursday, December 18, 6 - 7:30 pm
Chicago Cultural Center, 1st Floor Garland Room
78 E. Washington St.


Paul Klein talks with artists Joyce Owens, Tony Fitzpatrick, Dawoud Bey and Juan Angel Chavez about “what they do to have their art take care of them” - about what strategies they employ, about strategic career mistakes they’ve made, about specific examples that they’ve used and jettisoned, about specific things that have worked, about strategies, techniques, and devises they use repeatedly, about how they'd advise others. How much do they shape their own luck?

"Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project"
December 13, 2008 - February 16, 2009
The Walters Art Museum, Baltimore, MD

During Bey’s artist-in-residency project, the artist collaborated with 12 teenagers from several Baltimore-area public, private, and home schools in a summer workshop that began with an exploration of how race, class and identity have been addressed in portraiture throughout art history. The Walters’ collection became the basis for discussions about museum practice, its role in society and the role of contemporary art in museums with historical collections. The resulting focus exhibition Portraits Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project, curated by Bey and the teens, features 10 photographic portraits by Bey, juxtaposed with paintings, drawings, and portrait miniatures from the Walters’ collection to create a unique dialogue.

"Dawoud Bey: Class Pictures"
December 13, 2008 - February 21, 2009
The Contemporary Museum, Baltimore, MD

In conjunction with Class Pictures, the Contemporary Museum, in cooperation with the Walters Art Museum, hosted a residency program during summer 2008. The workshop will culminate in an exhibition at the Walters, curated by Bey and twelve Baltimore teens, focusing on changing conceptions of portraiture and identity throughout history.

"Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey"
September 26 - November 23, 2008
Indianapolis Museum of Art

"Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey"
June 15th - September 7th, 2008
Weatherspoon Art Museum

In conjunction with the Aperture published book CLASS PICTURES, the exhibition will open at the Weatherspoon Art Museum in Greensboro, NC.

There will be a dialogue with Dawoud Bey and Weatherspoon Art Museum Curator Xandra Edens
Dialogue: Dawoud Bey with Xandra Edens

For full CLASS PICTURES Exhibition Touring Schedule:

"Class Pictures: Photographs by Dawoud Bey"
September 4-December 30, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 28th, from 6-8 PM

Addison Gallery of American Art

In conjunction with the Aperture published book CLASS PICTURES, the exhibition will open at the Addison Gallery of American Art.  The exhibition will then travel to museums throughout the country through 2011.

"Do You See What I See: Representing the Black Subject"
Photographs from the Collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art
Curated by Dawoud Bey in conjunction with The Discerning Eye: Five Perspectives on the Addison's Collection
Addison Gallery of American Art

September 4-December 30, 2007
OPENING RECEPTION: Friday, September 28th, from 6-8 PM

Using the extensive collection of both historical and contemporary photographs in the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art, Bey has curated a wide ranging exhibition which examines the ways in which the black subject has been represented throughout the history of photography. From early lynching photographs to pictures by Roy DeCarava, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Nicholas Nixon, and others, Bey also asks the viewer to examine the relationship between subject and photographer, and finally the viewer's own subjectivity in bringing meaning to these pictures. Several of Bey's own early photographs are included in the exhibition to show his own changing approach to the subject.

Dawoud was recently in Andover to install the "Class Pictures" exhibition, and to also install the exhibition "Do You See What I See: Representing the Black Subject" that he curated from the collection of the Addison Gallery of American Art. The exhibition includes pictures by a wide range of photographers, including Roy DeCarava, Walker Evans, Robert Frank, Lee Freidlander, Lonnie Graham, Nicholas Nixon, Michael Spano, and others. The exhibition also includes historical photographs such as lynching pictures, and other examples of the variously examined black subject. Both exhibitions are on view through December 30, 2007.

"A Dialogue on Photographic Representation with Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems"
Saturday, September 29, 2:00 PM
Addison Gallery of American Art

In conjunction with CLASS PICTURES Addison Gallery curator Allison Kemmerer, and artists Dawoud Bey and Carrie Mae Weems will have a wide ranging conversation. Bey and Weems, friends for over thirty years, will talk about their lives, work, and influence they have had on each other.

"Seeing and Being Seen
A Panel Discussion with Dawoud Bey and Wendy Ewald"
Presented by Aperture Foundation
The New School, Tishman Auditorium
Wednesday, October 17, 2007, 7:00 PM

Free Admission

Photographers Dawoud Bey and Wendy Ewald will be joined by students from the Expanding the Walls program at the Studio Museum in Harlem in this discussion about young people and representation. The discussion will be moderated by Phyllis Thompson from Harvard University.