Deborah Goodman Davis and Gerald Davis Lecture: Kevin Beasley


Monday, October 17, 6PM
Logan Center for the Arts, Penthouse Room 901

Please join us on Monday, October 17th, as the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago invites and welcomes artist, Kevin Beasley, to deliver this year's Deborah Goodman Davis and Gerald Davis Lecture.

Established in 2018, through the generosity of Deborah Goodman Davis, the Deborah Goodman Davis and Gerald Davis Lecture Series brings vibrant voices to the University of Chicago’s Department of Visual Arts and the greater university community.

**This event is free and open to the public. 

About the Artist
Kevin Beasley (b. 1985, Lynchburg, VA) lives and works in New York. His practice spans sculpture, photography, sound, and performance, while centering on materials of cultural and personal significance, from raw cotton harvested from his family’s property in Virginia to sounds gathered using contact microphones. Beasley alters, casts, and molds these diverse materials to form a body of works that acknowledge the complex, shared histories of the broader American experience, steeped in generational memories.

A selection of recent exhibitions and performances include Fear of Property currently on view at the Renaissance Society, Chicago; A body, revealed, Hill Art Foundation, New York (2022); Prospect.5, New Orleans (2021) for which Beasley realized a multiyear site-specific project in the Lower Ninth Ward; a series of outdoor performances for the Performa 2021 Biennial, New York; The Dirty South: Contemporary Art, Material Culture and the Sonic Impulse, Virginia Museum of Fine Arts (2021); Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America at New Museum, New York (2021); a month-long residency and solo exhibition at A4 Arts Foundation, Cape Town, South Africa (2020); and ASSEMBLY, co-organized by Kevin Beasley, Lumi Tan, Tim Griffin, and Nicole Kaack at The Kitchen, New York (2019).

Image: Kevin Beasley. Valentines Pines (residence), 2022.
Polyurethane resin, raw Virginia cotton, dye sublimation t-shirts, a housedress, dirt, guineafowl feathers, confetti t-shirts, altered housedress, confetti housedress, altered t-shirts, epoxy resin, carbon fiber. 74 x 167.25 x 2" / 188 x 424.81 x 5.1cm.
© Kevin Beasley. Courtesy of Casey Kaplan, New York.