CDS Student Prizewinner Among Featured Artists in “Southern Accent”

"Tabaco (Tobacco)" by Diego Camposeco, a 2014 John Hope Franklin Awardwinner.

“Tabaco (Tobacco)” by Diego Camposeco, a CDS John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award winner.

The Nasher Museum of Art’s new exhibition, Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art, “reflects upon and pulls apart the dynamic nature of the South’s social, political, and cultural landscape” through the work of sixty artists. The timing of Southern Accent,” says the Nasher’s Trevor Schoonmaker, Chief Curator and Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Curator of Contemporary Art, is especially meaningful now—in the wake of Charleston, Orlando, Baton Rouge, and countless other tragedies, and given the tense social and racial climate during this presidential election year. . . . I hope Southern Accent can create a space to reimagine the South in new ways and reframe the way we think about the South in contemporary art.

Southern Accent: Seeking the American South in Contemporary Art
September 1, 2016–January 8, 2017
Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
2001 Campus Dr., Durham, North Carolina 27705

Click here for information about the Opening Party on August 31, a conversation and book signing with writer Bill Ferris and Tom Rankin (Southern Accent artist, director of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program (MFA|EDA) and former director of  the Center for Documentary Studies (CDS)) on September 1, and other exhibition-related events.

CDS has ties to a number of the artists featured in the show, including one of the youngest artists, Diego Camposeco, a recent UNC–Chapel Hill graduate whose work in Southern Accent was directly supported by a CDS John Hope Franklin Student Documentary Award in 2014; Tom Rankin (director of Duke’s MFA in Experimental and Documentary Arts program—MFA|EDA); Rachel Boillot (MFA|EDA graduate, ’14): Jessica Ingram (in the CDS exhibition Road Through Midnight: A Civil Rights Memorial and the CDS book 25 Under 25: Up and Coming American Photographers, Vol. 1); Deborah Luster (Lange-Taylor Prize winner with C.D. Wright for One Big Self: Prisoners of Louisiana, 2000); Mark Steinmetz (published in DoubleTake magazine); Hank Willis Thomas (published in the CDS book 25 Under 25: Up and Coming American Photographers, Vol. 1); and Jeff Whetstone (published in DoubleTake magazine and a CDS alum).

Southern Accent is co-organized by Trevor Schoonmaker and Miranda Lash, Curator of Contemporary Art at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky. The exhibition will travel to the Speed Art Museum, where it will be on view April 29–August 20, 2017.

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