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Colored portrait of Deana Lawson with vintage camera.

This program is online only (via ZoomYouTube, and Facebook Live). Advance registration is required for Zoom participation, including the chance to ask the artist a question (time permitting). After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the talk.

Celebrated photographer Deana Lawson is best known for her powerful portraits of individuals, couples, friends, and families in meticulously staged surroundings. Her subjects are usually strangers whom she meets through daily life experiences, such as going to the grocery store or riding the subway, and she has traveled abroad to photograph in countries such as Jamaica, Haiti, Ethiopia, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

In 2020, Lawson photographed abolitionist and scholar Angela Davis for the digital cover of Vanity Fair’s September issue, and she became the first photographer awarded the Guggenheim’s biennial Hugo Boss Prize, one of the top art honors.

Lawson joins Hirshhorn assistant curator Betsy Johnson to discuss her practice of using her intuition as a guide as she works to reveal the inherent magnificence of her subjects.   

6:50 pm EDT | Zoom broadcast opens
7 pm EDT | Deana Lawson in conversation with Betsy Johnson

ASL translation will be provided on Zoom and CART (real-time captioning) will be provided across all platforms. If you have any questions about accessibility for this program, please email hirshhornexperience@si.edu.

This virtual event is part of Talking to Our Time, the Hirshhorn’s online series of free artist talks featuring a diverse group of artists and collectives. View all events!


May 26, 2021
7:00 pm–8:00 pm
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
Hirshhorn Museum, Independence Ave SW & 7th St SW
Washington, DC 20560 United States
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Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden
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