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News: Lyle Ashton Harris wins the High Museum’s 10th annual David C. Driskell Prize

 

Lyle Ashton Harris  plays Michael Jackson in Performing MJ. (Photo by Ray Llanos)
Lyle Ashton Harris plays Michael Jackson in Performing MJ. (Photo by Ray Llanos)

The High Museum of Art has named artist Lyle Ashton Harris the 2014 recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize.

Lyle Ashton Harris (Photo by Kwaku Gyaba)
The artist. (Photo by Kwaku Gyaba)

Harris deploys a wide range of mediums — photography, collage, installation, performance — to explore identity constructed or impacted by gender, race, racism, desire and cultural norms. His Ghana-inspired work was presented in Accra My Love, his 2013 exhibition at Kennesaw State University’s Zuckerman Museum of Art. An assistant professor at New York University, Harris, 39, splits his time between New York and Accra, Ghana.

Now in its 10th year, the Driskell Prize recognizes an early or midcareer scholar or artist for important contributions to African American art or art history. Highlighting the prize’s legacy, “A Decade of David C. Driskell” showcases the High’s acquisition of works by Driskell Prize honorees and others through the David C. Driskell African American Art Acquisitions Fund and the David C. Driskell African American Art Endowment. It also includes work by the prize’s venerable namesake.

This jury was composed of Michael Rooks, the High’s Wieland Family curator of modern and contemporary art; Naomi Beckwith, curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; and Andrea Barnwell Brownlee, 2013 Driskell Prize recipient and director of the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. 

Harris will be honored at the 2014 Driskell Prize dinner on May 2.

On the home page: Harris at his KSU exhibition.

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