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Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Some Recent Pictures (Chicago)

In the exhibition Some Recent Pictures (Chicago), Los Angeles-based artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya presents work connected to his time as a Jackman Goldwasser Resident Artist at Hyde Park Art Center in 2014. The exhibition will be the first presentation of Sepuya’s Chicago body of work. A public reception with the artist will take place in the gallery Sunday, June 19, beginning at 3 p.m and will include a reading by artist Ivan Lozano at 3:30 p.m., whose portrait is featured in the exhibition.

Sepuya’s photographs capture his teeming studio during his eight-week residency, which served as an active hub for the artist’s first experience in Chicago. One of the primary goals of the residency is to connect visiting artists to Chicago’s artistic and cultural community, and much of this connection took place for Sepuya at the Art Center. His studio space functioned as an important site where artists and others gathered to have their pictures taken among an assortment of Sepuya’s materials: camera equipment, art supplies, older work and reference books. The digital prints are both still-life and portraits combined with repurposed photographs, layered amongst his studio supplies, scanned and printed, which will transport viewers to the residency’s unique moment in the artists’ growth.

  • June 19, 2016 – August 27, 2016
  • Cleve E. Carney Gallery

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Paul Mpagi Sepuya: Some Recent Pictures (Chicago)

About Paul Mpagi Sepuya

Paul Mpagi Sepuya is a Los Angeles-based photographer with a number of solo and group shows under his belt including at the Studio Museum Harlem, Yancey Richardson Gallery, NYC and Marianne Boesky Gallery, NYC. Sepuya’s work is in the collection of the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and the Center for Photography at Woodstock. Recently, his work was shown in Chicago at Document Gallery. Sepuya received a BFA from New York University Tisch School of the Arts and completes the MFA program in photography at University of California, Los Angeles in May 2016.

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