Gary Metz Lecture | Paul Mpagi Sepuya
The Photography department welcomes Gary Metz lecturer Paul Mpagi Sepuya (b. 1982, San Bernardino, CA). Sepuya lives and works in Los Angeles, where he received an MFA in photography at UCLA in 2016. From 2000–14 he resided in New York City, receiving a BFA from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in 2004. Sepuya became known for his 2005–07 zine series SHOOT and his first monograph, Beloved Object & Amorous Subject, Revisited (2008), along with contributions and features in BUTT Magazine and participation and collaborations in the re-emergence of queer zine culture of the 2000s. He went on to participate in artist-in-residence programs at the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Center for Photography at Woodstock, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Fire Island Artist Residency.
Sepuya’s work is in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the International Center for Photography, the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Milwaukee Art Museum and the Carnegie Museum, among others. Solo exhibitions include Dark Room at Document, Chicago in 2018 and Dark Room at team (bungalow), Los Angeles as well as Figures, Grounds and Studies at Yancey Richardson Gallery, New York City (2017). His work was featured in Being: New Photography 2018 at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City and Trigger at the New Museum in 2017. His first European museum exhibition, Double Enclosure will open this fall at Fotomuseum Amsterdam.
Sepuya’s work has been covered and published in ARTFORUM, Aperture, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Art Review, Frieze, Art in America, Monocle, Osmos and The Nation, and he is a recipient of the 2017 Rema Hort Mann Foundation’s grant for Los Angeles artists.
Tuesday, October 2 at 7:00pm
Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center/RISD Museum
Chace Center, 20 North Main Street, Providence, RI