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Institute of Contemporary Art Miami


Cultural Memory and Contemporary Upheavals: A Conversation Between Lyle Ashton Harris and Gean Moreno

Miami Art Week
Special Event
Virtual Events
Fri, Dec 4, 2020
Lyle Ashton Harris, Lyle at Gay Pride (San Francisco, 1989), 2015. Chromogenic print. 15 x 20 1/2 in. Courtesy of the artist, Salon 94, New York, and David Castillo Gallery, Miami.

Lyle Ashton Harris and Gean Moreno will discuss the “Ektachrome Archive,” a body of documentary images that Harris produced at the end of the 1980s and first half of the 1990s on view now at ICA Miami. These were years in which a new generation of Black intellectuals, including Cornel West and bell hooks, and Black artists, such as Carrie Mae Weems and Glen Ligon, were starting to generate new proposals and claim space in the public sphere. These were also years of living in the aftermath of the AIDS epidemic, alongside the emergence of the post-colonial and queer discourses that inform contemporary activism. Harris, a young artist at the time he produced “Ektachrome Archive,“ placed himself at the center of all this activity and captured it in his photographs.

On view through November 21, 2021, “Ektachrome Archive” is the first project in a new initiative by ICA Miami inviting artists to engage in dialogue with Robert Gober’s Untitled (1994–95), on long-term view on the museum’s ground floor. Dedicated to the exchange of art and ideas, these exhibitions promote dynamic and complex discussions among artistic practices. “Ektachrome Archive” by Lyle Ashton Harris is organized by ICA Miami and curated by Gean Moreno, Director of the Knight Foundation Art + Research Center.