Sep 28th 2018

Dawoud Bey: Polaroid Works Reception

@ Stephen Daiter Gallery

230 W Superior St, Chicago, IL 60654

Opening Friday, September 28th, from 5PM - 8PM

On view through Saturday, November 24th

Coinciding with the release of Dawoud Bey’s new monograph, Seeing Deeply (University of Texas Press, Austin, September 2018), Stephen Daiter Gallery is pleased to present Dawoud Bey: Polaroid Works.

On view at the gallery will be large-scale prints of Bey’s early black-and-white Polaroid street portraits created mostly in his Brooklyn community in the late 1980s and very early 1990s; as well as his subsequent 1990s–early 2000s project of 20 x 24 inch color Polaroid studio portraits. These two bodies of work complement one another in process and outcome – both shot with large format cameras producing prints instantly, and both exhibiting Bey’s innate ability to create a genuine connection with his subject no matter who or where they were. These works also represent a conceptual shift in Bey’s early working process, taking him from small-format street photography, ultimately to a controlled studio environment where he favored the intimacy of the quiet room and the descriptive qualities of the much larger negative.

Please join us for a reception at the gallery on Friday, September 28th, from 5-8pm. The exhibition parallels our exhibit at EXPO Chicago with Rena Bransten Gallery, where Bey’s most recent body of work Night Coming Tenderly, Black will be featured.

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