Solo exhibition Dawoud Bey: Harlem Redux at Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago, Illinois.
Harlem Redux marks photographer Dawoud Bey’s return to the community that was the site of his first completed project Harlem, USA (1975-1979). Before he was born, Bey’s parents met and lived in Harlem – this family history served as the inspiration for this work. Some forty years later, the artist returned to photograph the neighborhood, a response to a sense that its unique character and identity are in flux. In these new images Bey shows Harlem in transition, once vibrant and celebrated, giving way to a more gentrified and homogenized present. Intent on depicting this change as it takes place, Harlem Redux seeks to answer the question – What does a community look like while undergoing such a dramatic transformation?
Included in group exhibition A History of Photography at the George Eastman Museum, Rochester, New York.
The George Eastman Museum photography collection is among the best and most comprehensive in the world. With holdings that include objects ranging in date from the announcement of the medium’s invention in 1839 to the present day, the collection represents the full history of photography. Works by renowned masters of the medium exist side-by-side with vernacular and scientific photographs. The collection also includes all applications of the medium, from artistic pursuit to commercial enterprise and from amateur pastime to documentary record, as well as all types of photographic processes, from daguerreotypes to digital prints...
Review by of solo exhibition The Birmingham Project at Mary Boone Gallery, NYC, NY, in The New Yorker.
To commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, which killed four young girls, the Chicago-based artist photographed black children in Alabama, who are the same age as the victims were. He also shows portraits of adults in their sixties, the age the girls would be if they’d lived. Formally posed, often in church pews, and seen here in pairs, Bey’s sitters regard us with sombre expressions. But the artist is not heavy-handed; the soulful concern that grounds his pictures also buoys them.
Included in the group exhibition Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NYC, NY.
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.