LYLE ASHTON HARRIS | Migration Times

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Salon 94
Migration Times, 2020
Ghanaian cloth with sutured selvedge, two dye sublimation prints on aluminum, and ceramic fragment
Unique work
62 1/4 x 74 3/4 x 4 in. (framed)


Born in the Bronx, New York, raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and New York, Harris obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University, Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. He is a Professor of Art at New York University and lives in New York. For more than two decades Lyle Ashton Harris has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media, collage, installation and performance. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic. Known for his self-portraits and use of pop culture icons (such as Billie Holiday and Michael Jackson), Harris teases the viewers’ perceptions and expectations, resignifying cultural cursors and recalibrating the familiar with the extraordinary. Harris has been widely exhibited internationally, including most recently at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, the Haywood Gallery, London and at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid. His work was included in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), the Bienal de São Paulo (2016), the Whitney Biennial (2017), and presented by Cinéma Du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018), among others. Harris is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York among others. Harris received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2016), the David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2014), and the Rome Prize Fellowship (2000) among other awards and honors. Harris joined the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and was appointed a trustee of the Tiffany Foundation in 2016.

Images courtesy of Salon 94 and the artist.