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Canceled—Teju Cole and Fazal Sheikh

Arnold Newman Lecture Series on Photography

  • Wednesday, March 18, 2020
  • 6:30 p.m.
  • West Building Lecture Hall

Teju Cole. Photo by Maggie Janik.
Fazal Sheikh, The “Hope” Grasshopper. Dona Antônia’s Wish-Ribbon Bracelet. Five Centuries Work the Land at Black River. (detail), 1999, gelatin silver print, printed 2001, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Gift of Joseph M. Cohen Family Collection, 2014.156.7.
Fazal Sheikh. Photo by Alexandra Beck.

As a precautionary measure in light of COVID-19, the Gallery has postponed this program. We hope to welcome you to the Gallery soon and thank you for your support.

Teju Cole, artist, curator, novelist, photography critic for New York Times Magazine (2015–2019), and Gore Vidal Professor of the Practice of Creative Writing, Harvard University, in conversation with Fazal Sheikh, artist and Artist-in-Residence at the Princeton Environmental Institute, Princeton University

Teju Cole was born in the United States in 1975. The son of Nigerian parents, he was raised in Lagos. He returned to the US to complete a BA at Kalamazoo College in Michigan followed by studies in art history at the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London as well as at Columbia University. Cole’s work examines race, gender, migration, culture, and privilege.

Born in New York City in 1965, Fazal Sheikh earned his BA from Princeton University in 1987 and has since worked as a photographer documenting the lives of individuals in displaced and marginalized communities. Upon witnessing an increase in xenophobia and authoritarian politics on a global scale, Sheikh turned to Cole for a collaboration that would reinforce their commitment to a compassionate global community and to the importance of individual courage.

Through Cole’s words and Sheikh’s photos in the resulting book, Human Archipelago, we are confronted with fundamental and pressing questions of coexistence.

In this conversation, held on March 18, 2020, in conjunction with the exhibition Richard Mosse: Incoming at the National Gallery of Art, they discuss their collaborative efforts and the intersections of their work.

The conversation will be streamed live here.

A book signing of Human Archipelago follows.

The 6th Street entrance to the West Building will reopen at 6:00 p.m.  

The Arnold Newman Lecture Series on Photography provides a forum for leading photographers, primarily known for portraits, to discuss contemporary issues in the medium. Arnold Newman (1918–2006) is acknowledged as one of the great masters of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries whose work changed portraiture. The Arnold and Augusta Newman Foundation generously supported this series to make such conversations available to the public.