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Dawoud Bey

Since launching his career as a photographer in 1975 with a series entitled, “Harlem, USA,” artist Dawoud Bey has cemented an international reputation for excellence. Bey's work has been displayed worldwide, in exhibitions at the National Portrait Gallery in London, New York's Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Art Institute of Chicago, to name but a few.

Over the course of his career, Bey has racked up a dizzying resume of accolades, including fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim memorial Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts. In 2007, Bey authored the book, Class Pictures, a collection of his photographs of American teenagers, a culmination of 15 years of lens work. The portraits were at once honest and poignant, capturing American high school students from a wide cross-section of economic, social, and ethnic backgrounds. Time magazine hailed the book as “extraordinary.”

Bey has curated the new exhibition Are We There Yet?, at the Hyde Park Art Center. The show features the work of nine artists, five of whom hail from right here in Chicago. Mr. Bey is a professor in the Photography Department at Columbia College Chicago.

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