Lyle Ashton Harris

Artist lecture Thursday, February 15, 2018 7PM
Timken Lecture Hall, California College of the Arts, 1111 Eighth Street, San Francisco CA, 94107
Lyle Ashton Harris, installation view of Once (Now) Again at the 2017 Whitney Biennial.
For more than twenty years, artist Lyle Ashton Harris has explored ideas of black identity, gender, sexuality, belonging, and various cultural histories using a variety of media including photography, video, collage, installation, and performance. Over this time, his vision has been subtly honed, yet increasingly layered. Focusing on the historical objectification of the black figure in Western culture, his works reinterpret the legacies of iconic cultural figures and also feature individuals from his life in Ghana and the United States. Harris’s Once (Now) Again—featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial—is part of a larger ongoing project, the Ektachrome Archive, comprised of slide images shot from 1986 to 1998, photographic prints from his journals, and diaristic video works. The resulting assemblage serves to both memorialize and evoke moments lived at the intersection of the personal and political.
Harris received his BA from Wesleyan University and MFA from the California Institute of the Art. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Studio Museum, Harlem; and Walker Art Center, Minneapolis. In addition to his inclusion in the 2017 Whitney Biennial, he was featured in the 2016 Sao Paulo Biennial. An Associate Professor at New York University, Harris lives and works between New York City and Accra, Ghana.

Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program

Pier 24 Photography is pleased to present the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program in collaboration with California College of the Arts and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Each year, the Larry Sultan Visiting Artist Program brings six photographers, writers, and curators to San Francisco to offer free and open lectures, and to work one-on-one with students at California College of the Arts.


Larry Sultan Photography Award


Awoiska van der Molen, #256-17, 2009

Awoiska van der Molen

Fall 2017 Residency
Headlands Center for the Arts, Sausalito, CA

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The work of Awoiska van der Molen (b. 1972, Netherlands) develops from a desire to comprehend the core of the isolated world she photographs. In order to achieve the sense of solitude necessary to gain access to the stoic nature of the landscape, she spends long periods of time isolated in the natural environment. She takes time to experience the landscape and penetrates deep into the essence of the remote, hushed world created in her photographs. She immerses herself in the landscape, moves slowly, returns repeatedly and by doing so makes these unknown places her own. This gradual and solitary working process continues into the darkroom where her pictures are printed by hand—an intimate process—further imparting a unique stillness that emanates from her work.