Lecture with Artist Bayeté Ross Smith

6:00 PM Tues, October 22

Tyler School of Art, Temple University

Room B004 / Free and open to the public

Visual Studies at Tyler School of Art is please to announce the first speaker in a new lecture series titled Producing Space. New York-based artist, photographer, and educator Bayeté Ross Smith will speak about his multi-media works that reckon with the complexities of identity in a media-saturated environment. His photographs, books, installations, and collaborative films produce new forms for visualizing the social, economic and geographical boundaries that prevent communities from interacting with each other.  

Ross Smith began his career as a photojournalist with the Knight Ridder Newspaper Corporation, and has since exhibited his photo-based work nationally and internationally at institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, the Oakland Museum of California, MoMA P.S.1, Rush Arts Gallery, the Leica Gallery, the Utah MOCA, the Goethe Institute (Ghana), and Zacheta National Gallery of Art (Poland). His collaborative projects "Along The Way" and "Question Bridge: Black Males" were screened at the 2008 and 2012 Sundance Film Festival, and featured at the Sheffield Doc Fest (UK) and the L.A. Film Festival. He has also been involved in a variety of community and public art projects with organizations such as the Jerome Foundation, Alternate Roots, The Laundromat Project, the City of San Francisco, the City of Atlanta, the Hartford YMCA and the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency.

Ross Smith’s honors include a FSP/Jerome Fellowship, as well as fellowships and residencies with the McColl Center for Visual Art, Charlotte, North Carolina, the Kala Institute, Berkeley, California, the Laundromat Project, New York, NY and Can Serrat International Art Center, Barcelona, Spain. His photographs have been published in numerous books and magazines, including Dis:Integration: The Splintering of Black America (2010), Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present (2009), Black: A Celebration of A Culture (2005), The Spirit Of Family (2002); SPE Exposure: The Society of Photographic Education Journal, Black Enterprise Magazine, and Working Mother Magazine.