Lyle Ashton Harris

Journal Excerpts 1997-2000
March 9 – June 9, 2017

Journal Excerpts 1997-2000 is part of the larger ongoing project, Ektachrome Archives, by New York based artist Lyle Ashton Harris (b.1965, Bronx, New York). Journal Excerpts features photographs showcasing a selection of journal pages intermixed with essays and images that are a part of Harris’ Ektachrome Archives. These works, as well as others from the archive project will be featured in Harris’ forthcoming monograph, Today I Shall Judge Nothing That Occurs, to be published by the Aperture Foundation this fall.

Excavated from Harris’s extensive personal chronicles, this diverse collection of evocative imagery captures fleeting moments lived by the artist in public and private spaces among his circle of close friends, family and acquaintances. These selections are part of an assemblage that serves not only to memorialize, but also to evoke lived moments at the intersection of the personal and the political, presenting a dynamic experience that re-engages time past to affectively impact the present.

As a unique documentation of late 20th century life, Journal Excerpts bears witness to a period of seismic cultural shifts that have impacted contemporary social, political and artistic landscapes worldwide: The emergence of multiculturalism and nascent globalization, the second wave of AIDS activism, and the imbrication of the contemporary art scene with LGBTQ and African diasporic communities.

Lyle Ashton Harris (born 1965, New York) 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 (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 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.

A multimedia installation of Harris’ work is also featured in the 2017 Whitney Biennial Exhibition, on view March 17 - June 11 at the Whitney Museum of American Art. The works on display include a number of moving image pieces, including more from Harris’ Ektachrome Archives.