Untitled (James River) (detail) from the series Stony the Road, 2023, Dawoud Bey (American, born 1953). Gelatin silver print. Virginia Museum of Fine Arts. Gift of Mrs. Alfred duPont, by exchange. © Dawoud Bey

On Elegy: Dawoud Bey and LeRonn P. Brooks in Dialogue

Arcana: Books on the Arts

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This event takes place at Arcana: Books on the Arts
8675 Washington Boulevard
Culver City, CA 90232

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On the occasion of the landmark exhibition and publication Elegy, renowned American artist Dawoud Bey joins Getty curator and scholar Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks in dialogue at Arcana Books in Culver City. The conversation will address ways in which Bey has reimagined photography's capacity for considering and evoking the now invisible history of the Black presence in the American landscape.

Dawoud Bey is a groundbreaking American artist and MacArthur Fellow who examines the Black past and present, mining the histories of Black communities and their people. His photographs and film installations have been the subject of numerous major museum and gallery exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, including his recent landscape retrospective Dawoud Bey: Elegy at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts.

Dr. LeRonn P. Brooks is curator of the African American Art History Initiative at the Getty Research Institute as well as curator of African American collections and acquisitions. His interviews and essays on African American art have been featured in Callaloo, The International Review of African American Art, and the Aperture Foundation, as well as in many exhibition catalogues: Dawoud Bey: Elegy (2023), Torkwase Dyson: A Liquid Belonging (2023), and A Long Arc: Photography and the American South Since 1845 (2023), among others.

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