Dawoud Bey: An American Project
February 15, 2020 - May 25, 2020
San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
151 3rd Street,
San Francisco, CA 94103

Dawoud Bey received his first camera as a gift from his godmother in 1968. The following year, he saw the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s infamous “Harlem on My Mind” show, which completely omitted  the work of African-American artists, and decided to document the neighborhood himself. He’s been photographing underrepresented communities ever since. This exhibition, organized with the Whitney Museum of American Art (where it will appear in November), features around 80 works taken from the 1970s to present. The key images on view, including A Woman at a Convent Avenue Baptist Church, Harlem, NY (1977) and A Boy Eating a Foxy Pop, Brooklyn, NY (1988), capture fleeting, poignant moments of everyday life. —Tiffany Jow

Image: Dawoud Bey, A Woman at Convent Avenue Baptist Church, Harlem, NY, from the series Harlem, U.S.A., 1977; courtesy the artist and Stephen Daiter Gallery, Chicago; ©Dawoud Bey.

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