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Art Study Center Seminar at Home, with Larry Cook

This photograph shows a Black man holding a barefoot toddler girl. They are standing outside in a backyard underneath a shady tree. Both subjects look directly at the camera. The man is wearing denim jeans, a “Gold’s Gym” tank top, and dusty black sneakers with untied laces. He holds his daughter close to his chest in his left arm and carries her pink backpack at his side with his right hand. There is a large tree, a punching bag, a blue fence, and a white shed out of focus in the background.
Larry Cook, American, Fatherhood 2, 2018. Photograph. © Larry Cook. Courtesy of the artist.


This event was recorded. Please view the seminar here.

Since we are unable to welcome you into the museums at this time, we are bringing our experts to you in a new online series, Art Study Center Seminars at Home.

In this session, curator Makeda Best will talk with Washington, D.C.–based photographer and artist Larry Cook. They will discuss Cook’s socially critical work, which engages issues of black masculinity, black culture, racial stereotypes, and carceral aesthetics in the American imaginary. As part of this conversation, Best and Cook will also consider a selection of related works in the Harvard Art Museums photography collection.

Cook was recently awarded a grant from the Harvard University Committee on the Arts (HUCA) for his work exploring themes of racial justice.

Led by:
Makeda Best, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography, Division of Modern and Contemporary Art

Larry Cook, photographer and conceptual artist and Assistant Professor of Photography, Howard University

This virtual seminar will take place online via Zoom. Free admission, but registration is required. To register, please complete this online form.

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