Race, Love and Labor Exhibit at Zuccaire Gallery


Tommy Kha, Little Polite (A Role Study) (detail), 2011

Race, Love and Labor, on display now through October 21 at the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, presents photographs by 20 artists of color from the artist-in-residency program at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW).

Since 1999, more than 100 artists of color working in the photographic arts have created vital images during their residencies at CPW, forming a corpus that captures the shifting currents of contemporary photographic practices.

The exhibition includes the work of Endia Beal, William Cordova, Isaac Diggs, Caleb Ferguson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Nikita Gale,Gerard H. Gaskin, Eyakem Gulilat, Tommy Kha, Kathya Maria Landeros, Deana Lawson, Alma Leiva, Yijun Pixy Liao, Gina Osterloh, Dawit L. Petros, Tim Portlock, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Xaviera Simmons, Joanna Tam and Preston Wadley.

October 11 Panel Discussion
Panel Discussion and Reception will be held on Wednesday, October 11, at 5 pm. Panelists include Race, Love, and Labor artists Alma Leiva and Tommy Kha, Stony Brook Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Abena Asare, and Stony Brook Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies Nerissa S. Balce. The discussion will be moderated by Stony Brook Associate Professor of Art Stephanie Dinkins.

Please see the website or call (631) 632-7240 for more information and gallery hours.


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  1. Wonderful exhibit at Stony Brook University, highlights included Gina Osterloh, Isaac Diggs and William Cordoba. Diggs, Osterloh and Cordoba’s work really focused on geometry and symmetry within the phenomenology of the landscape its time, space and history. These conversations provoked an analysis of Race, class and labor more so than the didactic and often stereotype photographic works by Deana Lawson, Latoya Ruby Fraizer and Tommy Kha. Works that relied on spectacle and are focused on projecting a “one dimensional” reading of Gender and Race.

    Isaac Diggs work really complicates the landscape as it micro magnifies our social disconnect and exchange with one another in a manner that protects the sitter while
    revealing our very own conditioned social fears of one another. Cordoba’s work like Bernd and Hilla Becher’s series of Black and White documentations of industrial landscapes, contextualizes the labor in relation to class and Race through various newspaper clips that build and fuse empty spaces with charged moments in our country’s

    I need to return to the Stony Brook exhibit again and maybe reconsider the other artists in the show. I think the exhibit could have paid more attention on substance rather than shock value and spectacle.

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