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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

NEW YORK | Artist Breakfast Series featuring Deana Lawson

Date(s): June 21, 2017

Time: 8:30 AM  EST - 10:00 AM  EST

artnet, Woolworth Building, 233 Broadway Fl. 26, New York, NY 10279

Members | $20
 Guests | $25
Join ArtTable for our June artist breakfast—intimate monthly breakfasts featuring leading artists in discussion with curators, academics, or critics. This month features artist Deana Lawson.

Deana Lawson’s work negotiates knowledge of selfhood through a corporeal dimension. Her photographs speak to the ways that sexuality, violence, family, and social status may be written, sometimes literally, on the body. Lawson utilizes a wide spectrum of photographic languages: staged imagery, loose documentary, appropriated pictures given to her by her subjects, or images she discovers in the media. These different modes of photographic production, whether staged or found, feed into the ongoing narratives that Lawson engages. As musician and critic Greg Tate wrote recently, “What you see in [Lawson’s] work is photographer as cultural anthropologist but also as cultural vivisectionist and forensic curator. Her practice subtly contests the suppression of Black visual epistemologies — as much through absence as presence, withheld information as much cultural saturation bombing. Drawing the spectators eye to how people command space within the frame, how they proclaim ownership of selfhood before the camera is a recurring motif. Her work seems always about the desire to represent social intimacies that defy stereotype and pathology while subtly acknowledging the vitality of lives abandoned by the dominant social order.”

Lawson received her M.F.A. in Photography from RISD in 2004. Her work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, Museum of Modern Art, New York, P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, New York, Studio Museum in Harlem, KIT Museum in Dusseldorf Germany, Artists Space in New York, Print Center in Philadelphia, and Spelman College Museum of Fine Art in Atlanta. Lawson is the recipient of the Art Matters Grant, John Gutmann Photography Fellowship, Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant, Aaron Siskind Fellowship Grant, NYFA Grant, and a 2013 Guggenheim Fellowship. Deana Lawson had her first museum solo exhibition in 2015 at the Art Institute of Chicago, a 2016 solo exhibition at Contemporary Art Museum – St. Louis, and she was featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, curated by Chris Lew and Mia Locks.

Deana began teaching at Princeton in 2012. She has taught at California College of Arts, San Francisco; the International Center for Photography, New York; and the Rhode Island School of Design , Providence. She earned a B.F.A. from Penn State University and an M.F.A. from the Rhode Island School of Design. Deana was born in Rochester, New York, and currently lives and works in the heart of the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood in Brooklyn.

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