Date(s) - 09/22/2018 - 11/25/2018
Art Museum of Southeast Texas
On view September 22 through November 25, 2018
Opening Reception: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., Friday, September 28, 2018
Free and open to the public
Artist Deborah Luster lives and works in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Galway, Ireland. She is currently represented by Jack Shainman Gallery and has been featured in numerous solo exhibitions including the Ogden Museum of Southern Art (2013), San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (2004), and the Galveston Arts Center (2002). Luster is recognized for her use of photography and installation work, focusing on the relationship between humanity, violence and its consequences. Her One Big Self and Tooth for an Eye projects received numerous accolades and were published in book form. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation fellowship in 2013, and a residency in Dublin with the Irish Museum of Modern Art in 2014. Over the last few years, Luster has visited the prisons of Louisiana, including the infamous Angola maxim-security prison, where she has created portraits of inmates that capture the physiognomy of the sitter, focusing on their spirit and humanity often seen as lost due to incarceration. The current exhibition features portraits of inmates in costumes they created for a performance of the Passion Play performed at Angola, as well as a video installation. Author Zachary Lazar, a colleague of the artist and published writer, will write an essay in conjunction with the exhibition.