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The Multipurpose Hall showing of Virginia L. Montgomery: Dream Metamorphosis will be closed Tuesday, April 15 until Friday, April 19, for an event. We apologize for any inconvenience to our guests. 

Baldwin Lee: Looking is Harder Than It Looks

Thursday, April 11, 2024, 6 p.m., Dryden Theatre

A first-generation Chinese American, Baldwin Lee is a photographer and educator known for his photographs of Black communities in the American South. Lee received a bachelor's degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1972) where he studied photography with Minor White, and went on to receive an master's of fine arts from Yale University (1975) where he studied with Walker Evans. In 1982, he became an art professor at the University of Tennessee, where he founded the university's photography program. He then decided to take a tour of the deep south, covering 2,000 miles over the course of ten days. During this trip, Lee widely photographed the people, landscapes, and cities of the south. In his work, Lee strived to represent his subjects as individuals with vibrant personalities, rather than reducing them to stereotypes or emphasizing their poverty. Lee’s work is in the collections of George Eastman Museum. Hear about Lee's journey and artistic process as a photographer and educator during his talk.

Tickets are recommended to be purchased in advance, but will also available at the door. 

The Wish You Were Here series is generously supported by Thomas N. Tischer, PhD.