Stephen Daiter Gallery and Rena Bransten Gallery, (JAM7)
Dawoud Bey (b. 1953, lives and works in Chicago).
For over four decades Dawoud Bey has made photo and video-based work that examines marginalized populations, communities, and histories. His recent photo-based works bring African-American history into conversation with the contemporary moment, creating a liminal and resonant experience that collapses the past and the present.
For several years in the 1980s Dawoud Bey photographed the unannounced “performances” or “actions” staged by his friend the conceptual artist and “trickster” David Hammons. The resulting photographs show Bey’s ability to give these fleeting moments indelible photographic form while making visible Hammons’s own evolving practice. Included are photographs from “Bliz—aard Ball Sale” and “Pissed Off!,” considered two of Hammons’s seminal performance works. Additional works include Hammons’s first “Higher Goals,” Hammons rehearsing with dancer Bill T. Jones and video artist Phillip Mallory Jones, and an early formal portrait that Bey made of Hammons in his Harlem studio.
Dawoud Bey began his career as an artist in 1975 with a series of photographs, Harlem, USA, that were later exhibited in his first one-person exhibition at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. He has since had numerous exhibitions at museums and galleries worldwide. He is the recipient of the MacArthur Foundation “Genius” Award, and fellowships from United States Artists, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts.