“Lorna Simpson” Book Launch and Author Talk

Join in book launch for Phaidon’s ‘Lorna Simpson’ and talk with artist Lorna Simpson and Naomi Beckwith.


Sat, Jan 8, 2022, 4:00 PM PST
Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles
901 East 3rd Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Registration Link: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/book-launch-talk-lorna-simpson-and-naomi-beckwith-on-lorna-simpson-tickets-222250024807

About Lorna Simpson:

Born in Brooklyn, Lorna Simpson came to prominence in the 1980s with her pioneering approach to conceptual photography. Simpson’s early work – particularly her striking juxtapositions of text and staged images – raise questions about the nature of representation, identity, gender, race and history that continue to drive the artist’s expanding and multi-disciplinary practice today. She deftly explores the medium’s umbilical relation to memory and history, both central themes within her work.

About Naomi Beckwith:

Naomi Beckwith is the Deputy Director and Jennifer and David Stockman Chief Curator at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation. Previously, Beckwith served as the Associate Curator at The Studio Museum in Harlem and, most recently, as Manilow Senior Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Her numerous exhibitions include, “The Freedom Principle: Experiments in Art and Music, 1965 to Now” and “30 Seconds off an Inch,” both considering the resonance of Black culture across contemporary art internationally. Beckwith has contributed to numerous scholarly and periodical publications including Artforum International, Nka, Frieze, The New York Times and Ebony Magazine. Beckwith has held fellowships with the Whitney Museum Independent Studies Program, Institute of Contemporary Art Philadelphia, VIA Art Fund, and Center for Curatorial Leadership and served on the jury of the 56th Venice Biennale. Beckwith serves on the boards of The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The Laundromat Project.

About the Book:

The ultimate monograph on the work of celebrated artist Lorna Simpson, a trailblazer who continues to influence and inspire

Lorna Simpson is a multimedia artist known for her pioneering approach to conceptual photography. In 1993 Simpson was the first African-American woman ever to show in the Venice Biennale and to have a solo exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York.

This landmark book documents Simpson’s  career in its entirety, up to her most recent  work. In doing so, it sheds light on the remarkable path that Simpson paved to global critical acclaim and art-world stardom.

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