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Scorsese, Bono and now Dawoud Bey

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Watch a New York Times (NYT) article come to life when the popular discussion series TimesTalks takes the stage with Dawoud Bey at the Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) on July 22. Beginning at 6:30 p.m. in the museum’s Lecture Hall, Mike Smith, senior photography editor for the NYT, will interview Bey about the process behind his work, including his intriguing photographs in the exhibition Dawoud Bey: Detroit Portraits, currently on view at the DIA until August 1. A question-and-answer period and a book signing with Bey will follow the interview. Tickets are $10 and can only be purchased online at nytimes/timestalks.com or by calling 222.NYT.1870.

The TimesTalks event is one in a series of live one-on-one interviews between a NYT journalist and a prominent arts figure. For the past six years, TimesTalks has attracted sold-out audiences and featured such guests as director Martin Scorsese, actor Tim Robbins, U2’s Bono and playwright Tom Stoppard. The TimesTalks presentation at the DIA is sponsored by Lincoln.

Dawoud Bey: Detroit Portraits has been captivating audiences and critics since it opened. The exhibition is the result of Bey’s five-week residency at Chadsey High School in southwest Detroit, where he worked to capture the diversity in the culture and experience of the students. Bey took the students portraits and conducted video and writing sessions, which were designed to encourage the students to tell their personal stories. In addition to the 18 large-format color portraits and essays, the exhibition includes a 13-minute video, Four Stories, which features students from Iraq, Romania, Puerto Rico and Detroit.

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Programs are made possible with support from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs and the City of Detroit.

Located in the heart of Detroit’s cultural center, the Detroit Institute of Arts was founded in 1885 and is recognized as one of the country’s premier art museums. Approximately 60,000 works of art form a multicultural survey of human creativity from prehistory through the 21st century. From the first van Gogh to enter a U.S. museum (Self Portrait, 1887), to Diego Rivera’s world-renowned Detroit Industry murals, the DIA’s collection reveals the scope and depth of human experience, imagination and emotion.