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I think people will need to somehow look inside themselves and to ask why they may be triggered or provoked. And what does that elicit for them? And that would be a necessary starting point.

Lyle Ashton Harris

Go deeper with it

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This is a 5-minute video about the artist Lyle Ashton Harris, whose work is part of the Nasher Museum collection. In this video, the artist visits the Nasher Museum  on the occasion of his solo exhibition, Lyle Ashton Harris: Our first and last love. He talks about his photograph, Brotherhood, Crossroads and Etcetera #2 [in collaboration with Thomas Allen Harris], a collaboration between Harris and his brother, Thomas Allan Harris, that explores issues of identity and sexuality.

The ones who choose to go deeper, they can go deeper with it. Or one can stay on the surface. But I think both are deeply satisfying to a viewer.

Lyle Ashton Harris

Special Thanks

Lyle Ashton Harris, artist

Images of Lyle Ashton Harris’s work reproduced with permission.

Lyle Ashton Harris, Brotherhood, Crossroads and Etcetera #2 [in collaboration with Thomas Allen Harris], 1994. Unique Polaroid. Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina. Gift of Blake Byrne. © Lyle Ashton Harris. Courtesy of the artist and David Castillo, Miami.

Lyle Ashton Harris, Untitled (Alchemy Procession), 1998. Duraflex photograph, 30 x 40 inches (76.2 x 101.6 cm). Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University. Gift of Blake Byrne (A.B.’57), in honor of Raymond D. Nasher, 2017.4.14. © Lyle Ashton Harris. Image courtesy of the artist and Salon 94.

Video Production Team

Videographer: Jade Wilson
Editor: J Caldwell
Producer and Videographer: Wendy Page Hower
Head of Graphic Design and Videographer: Joel P. Johnson



Lyle Ashton Harris: Our first and last love is co-organized by the Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University and Queens Museum, and is co-curated by Caitlin Julia Rubin, Associate Curator, Rose Art Museum, and Lauren Haynes, Director of Curatorial Affairs and Programs, Queens Museum.

This exhibition and accompanying catalogue are made possible through major support from the Terra Foundation for American Art and Agnes Gund, with additional support from David Castillo Gallery, Shelly and Philip Fox, LGDR New York, The Lumpkin-Boccuzzi Family, The Marieluise Hessel Foundation, Clarence Otis and Jacqueline Bradley.

At the Nasher Museum, this exhibition is made possible by the Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; the Frank Edward Hanscom Endowment; the J. Horst and Ruth Mary Meyer Fund; the Prakash and Anjali Melwani Fund; the John and Anita Schwarz Family Endowment; and Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan


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