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Deana Lawson, Nation, 2017, inkjet print, © Deana Lawson


Deana Lawson Opening Reception and Gallery Talk


Free Event


Join artist Deana Lawson and curator Dan Leers to celebrate the opening of Deana Lawson in CMOA's Forum Gallery.

For her solo exhibition at CMOA, Deana Lawson (b. 1979) presents a combination of photographs and appropriated-image installations. The photographs, some of them never before exhibited, are printed in the largest size ever for the artist and address critical issues surrounding representations of African Americans and the African diaspora.

This in-gallery conversation with the artist and cocktail reception is free and open to the public, with a cash bar. Stay afterward for Third Thursday, CMOA's monthly evening event, for $5.


"I think it is time to claim that space, to have bodies who might not have been celebrated within the institution.”

–Deana Lawson on museums, TIME.com


Few photographers working today unpack complexities of race and identity like Deana Lawson. Her strikingly-arranged portraits are packed with details that invite contemplation and close inspection. Lawson depicts people she encounters in her daily routines and travels, from her own neighborhood in Brooklyn to Soweto, South Africa, and beyond.


Join us for a special opening event, featuring a gallery conversation with Deana Lawson and curator Dan Leers.


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