Something Evocative

Bey photo exhibit opens at KIA
A Boy in Front of the Loew’s 125th Street Move Theatre, 1976, Dawoud Bey.

A photographic exploration by MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey of everyday urban life in Harlem in the 1970s and then again 35 years later will be on display at the Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Jan. 13-April 11.

The KIA will present two suites of Bey’s photographs, Harlem, USA (1975–1979) and , which show the Manhattan community at two points in time, one via black-and-white portraits and the other via color images.

“This is the first time that the two Bey series have been shown side by side,” says KIA Executive Director Belinda Tate. “The exhibit allows us to reflect thoughtfully on the beauty and transitions evident in our own community and how we define a sense of place.”

Bey will speak at the KIA at 6:30 p.m. March 22 and will also serve as the juror for the West Michigan Area Show, the KIA’s annual exhibition showcasing the work of artists from 14 Michigan counties. It runs from May 26–Sept. 2.

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