Lyle Ashton Harris
August 4 - 17, 2017
Opening reception: Friday, August 4, 8 - 10 pm
The Albert Merola Gallery is happy to announce the opening of an exhibition of work by Lyle Ashton Harris. This will be Harris’s first one person show in Provincetown. For thirty years Lyle has addressed issues of history and memory, multiculturalism, gender, race, sexuality and queer identity. He explores the ephemeral nature of experience.
He has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photographic media, collage, installation and performance. First gaining recognition for his self-portraits and use of pop culture icons (such as Billie Holiday and Michael Jackson), Harris teases the viewers’ perceptions and expectations, resignifying cultural cursors and recalibrating the familiar with the extraordinary. Harris has exhibited work widely, including at The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (New York) and The Whitney Museum of American Art (New York) among many others, as well as at international biennials (Whitney, 2017; São Paulo, 2016; Busan, 2008; Venice, 2007; Seville, 2006; Gwangju, 2000). His work is represented in the permanent collections of major museums, most recently The Whitney Museum of American Art, New York and The Museum of Modern Art, New York. In 2014 Harris joined the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome and was recipient of the David C. Driskell Prize by the High Museum of Art (Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.A.). In 2016 he was awarded the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship and was appointed a trustee of the Tiffany Foundation. Having studied at Wesleyan University, the California Institute of the Arts, and the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program, Harris is currently an Associate Professor of Art and Art Education at New York University.