May 5, 2021

Deana Lawson: “The Artist Upending Photography’s Brutal Racial Legacy”

Professor of Visual Arts and renowned photographer Deana Lawson is featured in the May 9th edition of The New York Times Magazine. NYT staff writer Jenna Wortham’s extensive story dives deeply into Lawson’s life, artistic process, her aesthetic, the cultural importance of her work, and her latest projects. According to Wortham, “Deana Lawson’s regal, loving, unburdened photographs imagine a world in which Black people are free from the distortions of history.” Read the full NYT story 

“If you change the filter, you can change how you see the world.”
— Deana Lawson

deana seated on stool in studio by camera tripod

Photographer Deana Lawson. Photo courtesy of Deana Lawson

Deana Lawson has been a member of the Program in Visual Arts faculty in the Lewis Center for the Arts since 2012. In July she will become the inaugural Dorothy Krauklis ’78 Professor of Visual Arts in the Lewis Center for the Arts. Her work was included in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, New Photography 2011 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and she had a solo exhibition at The Art Institute of Chicago in 2015. Her first museum survey will open in 2021 at the ICA Boston. She has participated in group exhibitions at The Studio Museum, Harlem; MoMA P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center; Artists Space, New York; and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Atlanta. Gallery shows include Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago; Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York; Helene Bailly Gallery, Paris; and Light Work Gallery, Syracuse, New York. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, TIME Magazine, BOMB, The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography, Photo District News, Time Out New York, Contact Sheet #154, and PQ Journal for Contemporary Photography. Lawson is the recipient of a Hugo Boss Prize, a Guggenheim Fellowship, the John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, a Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, an Aaron Siskind Fellowship Grant, and a New York Foundation for the Arts Grant. She has participated in the Workspace residency at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Light Work residency in Syracuse, and the Visual Studies Workshop residency in Rochester, New York.

See Lawson’s most recent work featured in “Centropy,” the Hugo Boss Prize 2020 Exhibition at New York’s Guggenheim Museum, on view from May 7 through October 11, 2021.

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