Race, Gender, and Society in Contemporary Photography

Wednesday, April 1st // 1PM

Speaker/Performer: Elizabeth Alexander and Lorna Simpson

Description: Lorna Simpson, multimedia artist and photographer

Elizabeth Alexander, B.A. 1984, Hon. 2007, the Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry, and Professor of African American Studies and American Studies, Yale University

Though Lorna Simpson is primarily known for her large-scale photograph and text pieces, she has produced a diverse body of work, much of which invites a reevaluation of race and gender stereotypes. This program features a conversation between Simpson and Elizabeth Alexander, a noted poet, essayist, and scholar of African American poetry and drama. Alexander has published several collections of criticism and written extensively on contemporary African American artistic life. Together, Simpson and Alexander discuss the interplay of race, gender, and identity in art.

This program is part of a series of Yale's public conversations hosted in conjunction with Alexander’s Yale's course Contemporary African American Literary, Visual, and Performing Arts, which explores the work and innovations of contemporary African American authors and artists.

Yale University Art Gallery (YUAG), 1111 Chapel St, New Haven, Connecticut 06510
artgalleryinfo [at] yale [dot] edu

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Lorna Simpson is an UC San Diego Department of Visual Arts MFA Alumna. For more about her work, please visit:

Image Credit:
Photo of Lorna Simpson is courtesy of the Artist.