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Dawoud Bey, Odalys, Chadsey High School, Detroit, Michigan, 2003, in “Picturing People” at the Renaissance Society, University of Chicago, 2012
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Dawoud Bey

by Pedro Vélez

Dawoud Bey is Chicago’s holy mountain, a man who towers over the city like no other local artist. You can always find him at openings, speaking at public forums or doing open crits. He is a beloved educator and father figure to many, and if you ask for advice or have a question about some bit of historical minutiae he’ll deliver, which he also does generously on his famous blog What’s Going On. Now Chicago is reciprocating that love with “Dawoud Bey: Picturing People,” May 13-June 24, 2012, a quaint yet outstanding 30-year survey at the Renaissance Society of the University of Chicago.


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