at The University of Chicago

Dawoud Bey

Picturing People
May 13 – July 13, 2012

Dawoud  Bey - Smokey
Dawoud Bey
Smokey, 2002
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, including a new chapter of Strangers/Community featuring portraits of individuals from Hyde Park, Chicago, home to both the University of Chicago and the artist.

The exhibition will be accompanied by a catalogue and travel to Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami; The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art, Kansas State University, and McDonough Museum of Art, Youngstown State University.


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