Simultaneous Dawoud Bey Exhibitions in Baltimore
Now on view at the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore, is the Aperture exhibition Class Pictures, photographs by Dawoud Bey which depicts high-school teenagers from a wide economic, social, and ethnic spectrum. Through intense attention to their poses and gestures—Bey created a highly diverse group portrait of a generation that intentionally challenges teenage stereotypes. The collection consists of forty 40 x 30 inch color prints from various high-schools throughout the country along with statements from each of the subjects. These striking, large-scale works offer unusually respectful and perceptive portraits that establish Bey as one of the best portraitists at work today.
Coinciding with the Aperture exhibition at the Contemporary Museum another portrait show that explores themes of race, class and identity over the centuries will be on view at the Walters Art Museum, co-curated by Dawoud Bey and 12 high school students. The exhibition is the result of a three-week summer residency, during which Bey and the teens selected historic drawings, paintings, and portrait miniatures from the Walters’ private collection to position alongside 10 similarly evocative portraits by Bey. Read more details on the collaborative curatorial project titled The Portrait Re/Examined: A Dawoud Bey Project on Whats Going On? Dawoud’s Blog.
Read The Baltimore Sun article here: A portrait of Students as young Walters curators
Check out another great post from Dawoud titled Advice To A Young Artist.
Dawoud Bey: Class Pictures
December 13-February 21, 2009
100 W. Centre Street, Mount Vernon
Portraits Re/ Examined:
A Dawoud Bey Project
December 13-February 16, 2009
Walters Art Museum
600 N. Charles St., Mount Vernon