Lyle Ashton Harris

Pratt Photography Lectures

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Lyle Ashton Harris, Appunti Per L’Afro Barocco, 2016

Clinton Hill / Fort Green

Pratt Institute | 200 Willoughby Ave

Pratt Photography Lectures is a series presented by Pratt’s
Photography Department to feature a diverse range of photographers,
critics, and curators speaking about their work.

Lectures are free and open to the Pratt community and to the public.
Please reserve tickets by visiting

Lyle Ashton Harris was born in New York City in 1965. He studied at Wesleyan University, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. For more than two decades he 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 exhibited work widely including at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art, among many others, as well as at international biennials including São Paulo, 2016; Busan, 2008; Venice, 2007; Seville, 2006; and Gwangju, 2000. His work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums, most recently The Museum of Modern Art. In 2014, Harris joined the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and was the recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize by the High Museum of Art. In 2016, he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and was appointed as a trustee of the Tiffany Foundation. Harris is currently an associate professor of Art and Art Education at New York University.

Pratt Institute, ARC Building, E-2 Lecture Hall