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What I witness with [Black cowboys] is this freedom and overall oneness with nature that I find to be particularly interesting, but also just a level of sentient aliveness. There's nothing that seems to bring them more peace and happiness than being on a horse, especially after a long and hard day.Photographer Kennedi Carter
Welcome to the Nasher Museum Podcast! This episode features photographer Kennedi Carter, who was born and raised in Durham, N.C., and whose paintings are part of Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now. She is in conversation with art collector and Nasher Museum Gallery Guide Gail Belvett. More episodes will be added throughout the exhibition, on view through July 10, 2022.
A Durham native by way of Dallas, Kennedi Carter is a photographer with a primary focus on Black subjects. Her work highlights the aesthetics and sociopolitical aspects of Black life as well as the overlooked beauties of the Black experience: skin, texture, trauma, peace, love and community. Her work aims to reinvent notions of creativity and confidence in the realm of Blackness. Recent work has appeared in Vogue and W Magazine.
Gail Belvett is an art enthusiast, gallery guide, collector and curator. A graduate of UNC Adams School of Dentistry, Gail founded Southpoint Family Dentistry in 2007 and over a 10-year period provided care to more than 5,000 Durham residents. In 2018, Gail sold Southpoint Family Dentistry and has since deepened her involvement in the arts.
A member of the Nasher Museum since 2012, Gail has supported numerous exhibitions, served on the Friends Board and was Chair of the Collections Committee of the Nasher Museum Board of Advisors from 2016 – 2020. Gail is currently a Nasher Gallery Guide.
She is curator of We Are Here: Past Present, Future, currently on view at Hayti Heritage Center, and In Relation, on view at Provident1898. Gail and her pup, Marcus Garvey, live in East Durham.
I like this idea of a visual legacy. Do you think deeply about that? Is that also something that you're considering as you're choosing sitters or subjects or even does it influence your editorial work? I know that there's a pressure to pay bills and so sometimes that means you just keep saying yes, but if you have this idea of 'what is my visual legacy,' does that allow you to be more discerning about the assignments that you take and accept?Gail Belvett, art collector and Nasher Museum gallery guide
My name is Gail Belvett. I am a gallery guide at the Nasher Museum in Durham. I also live in Durham. I am an art enthusiast. I love art, particularly in the visual arts. I’m a collector, I love to share art with people and talk about it often.
My name is Kennedi Carter, I’m a photographer based in Durham, North Carolina, and at the current moment, I’m currently doing a good bit of editorial and commercial photography alongside my fine art photography.
J Caldwell, staff photographer, videographer, social media manager, Nasher Museum
Wendy Hower, director of engagement & marketing, Nasher Museum
Dani Yan, Duke Class of 2022, marketing intern, Nasher Museum
This exhibition was organized by the Nasher Museum’s curatorial department: Molly Boarati, associate curator; Adria Gunter, curatorial assistant; Melissa Gwynn, exhibitions and publications manager; Lauren Haynes, Patsy R. and Raymond D. Nasher Senior Curator of Contemporary Art; and Marshall N. Price, Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Chief Curator and Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.
Reckoning and Resilience: North Carolina Art Now is generously supported by Bank of America.
Additional support provided by the Mary Duke Biddle Foundation; The Duke Endowment; Nancy A. Nasher and David J. Haemisegger Family Fund for Exhibitions; Frank Edward Hanscom Endowment Fund; Janine & J. Tomilson Hill Family Fund; J. Horst & Ruth Mary Meyer Fund; John & Anita Schwarz Family Endowment; Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans Foundation; Katie Thorpe Kerr and Terrance I. R. Kerr; Lisa Lowenthal Pruzan and Jonathan Pruzan; and Kelly Braddy Van Winkle and Lance Van Winkle.
The Nasher Museum is fully open to the public with ongoing health and safety protocols and free admission for all, including Thursday nights and weekends. We strongly encourage all individuals to be fully vaccinated before visiting the Nasher.