Kris Graves: Race and Place in Contemporary American Photography – this Friday, December 11th from 7 to 8 pm EST (register here to attend)


Announcing this semester’s final entry in the Art & Politics Lecture Series:



Kris Graves: Race and Place in Contemporary American Photography


Friday, Dec 11th, 2020; 7:00 – 8:00pm EST on Zoom

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Kris Graves creates artwork that deals with what he views wrong with American society and aims to use art as a means to inform people about social issues. He also works to elevate the representation of people of color in the fine art canon; and to create opportunities for conversation about race, representation, and urban life. Graves creates photographs of landscapes and people to preserve memory.

In this lecture Graves will discuss his recent project photographing scenes that reference the history of racism and police brutality. His camera has captured confederate monuments, sites of police murders, social movement activity and more. He’ll discuss how he’s approached this work and what the camera might help to say about American reality today.

Co-sponsored by BFA Visual & Critical Studies, the Honors Program, and MPS Digital Photography

Kris Graves (b. 1982 New York, NY) is an artist and publisher based in New York and London. He received his BFA in Visual Arts from S.U.N.Y. Purchase College and has been published and exhibited globally, including the National Portrait Gallery in London, England and Aperture Gallery, New York; among others.

The Art & Politics Lecture Series: Humanity is living through an interlocking series of crises. It is difficult to say strongly enough how urgent the situation is. How do these conditions impact the arts? Does art have resources that might come to our aid in these serious times? What is to be done? In light of all there is to understand and to change, SVA’s Art & Politics Lecture Series, co-hosted by the BFA Visual & Critical Studies and Honors Program, invites activists, scholars, politicians, artists, critics, historians, curators, and scientists, to address, discuss and debate politics, art, and the delicate filaments that tie them together.

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Image credit: Kris Graves

Visual & Critical Studies