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Lauri Lyons


An exhibition by Lauri Lyons '93
Friday, March 26Sunday, May 9

Virtual reception and artist presentation (in conjunction with Made at MCAD: All-Student Juried Exhibition): Friday, March 26, 6:00 p.m.

What is America? From 1995 to 2007 Lauri Lyons traveled across the United States and Europe photographing and interviewing people with the American flag. The culmination of her work are two books and the multimedia project Flag: An American Story (2001) and Flag International (2008). 

The Flag series reveals what is beneath the surface of the American dream by looking beyond stereotypes and into the minds of ordinary citizens whose feelings about the United States not only tells the viewer what the United States really is, but also what it can become. Through each person's photographs and hand-written statements about the U.S., the viewer becomes aware of the beauty, inequity, and hope that have created the American cultural fabric.

The Flag series seeks to inspire an authentic dialogue about cultural understanding within a global framework. Cultural understanding is not only how people or a nation views itself, but also how the world views you. 

About the artist

Lauri Lyons has been able to view the United States from several perspectives: Black, female, first-generation American, and growing up a military child. Always being on the move made her curious about how people come to formulate opinions about themselves and others. She received her BFA in Media Arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design in 1993 and her senior project seeded what would become the Flag series.

For many years, Lyons worked as a photo editor for several national magazines and organizations, including Magnum Photos agency, and was the first Black woman to to shoot the cover of Fortune magazine. She is the publisher and editor-in-chief of the online publication Nomads Magazine. Lyons's artistic practice has expanded to include books, sculptures, public art installations, and cultural preservation. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally, including the Walker Art Center, the Brooklyn Museum of Art, and the International Center of Photography. In the Frame is an award-winning documentary about her life and work as an artist.

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