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VAMA Visiting Artist Lecture: Todd Gray

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at 06:00 PM

Free & Open to the Public!

The Visual & Media Arts Visiting Artist Lecture Series

6pm-7:30pm

Todd Gray (b. 1954, Los Angeles, CA) works in photography, performance and sculpture. Gray’s most recent photo works are comprised of photographs gathered from his own archive and recontextualized via their juxtaposition with one another and the use of antique frames as a structuring device. Gray's work is "fluent in cultural iconography, driven by introspection, and steeped in issues of corporate politics and racial identity" (from Amy M. Mooney, Black Is, Black Ain't curated by Hamza Walker ex. cat. The Renaissance Society, Chicago, 2013.)

Todd Gray received both his BFA and MFA from the California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). Solo and group exhibitions include the Studio Museum, Harlem, NY: Renaissance Society, University of Chicago; Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco; National Portrait Gallery, London; Grand Palais, Paris among others. Performance works have been presented at institutions such as the Roy & Edna Disney Cal/Arts Theater, REDCAT; and the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles. His work is represented in numerous museum collections including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; National Gallery of Canada; Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles among others. He was the recipient of a Rockefeller Foundation Grant in 2016. Todd Gray’s photo based work explore issues of black masculinity, diaspora, and contemporary/historical examinations of power. In recent installations he revisits this archive, pairing images of Jackson with photographs of Ghana where Gray maintains a studio, exploring the diasporic dislocations and cultural connections which link the US to West Africa. Gray has presented this work in academic conferences at Yale and Harvard University and is a 2018 John S. Guggenheim Fellow.

Event location: Chem 3 Lecture Hall

Hosted by: Visual & Media Arts

For more information, please contact Visual & Media Arts
Email: vamavisitingartist@gmail.com

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