Tommy Kha, Little Polite (A Role Study), 2011

September 12 – October 21, 2017

Art Crawl: Thursday, September 14, 3-5pm
Free tours of campus-wide galleries. Tour begins at at 3pm at the Alloway Gallery in Melville Library, followed by Melville Library Special Collections at 3:25pm, then the Zuccaire Gallery at 4pm and ending at the Wang Center with a reception.
Salon: Wednesday, September 20, 12 noon
Artist and SBU alumnus Jeremy Dennis, of the Shinnecock Nation, speaks about his photographs and residency at the Center for Photography at Woodstock.
Salon: Wednesday, October 11, 12 noon
RACE, LOVE AND LABOR artist Tommy Kha speaks about his photography and video projects
Panel Discussion and Reception: Wednesday, October 11, 5pm
Panelists include: RACE, LOVE, AND LABOR artists Alma Leiva and Tommy Kha, Stony Brook Assistant Professor of Africana Studies Abena Asare, and Stony Brook Associate Professor of Asian and Asian American Studies Nerissa S. Balce. Moderated by Stony Brook Associate Professor of Art Stephanie Dinkins.
Salon: Thursday, October 19, 2pm
RACE, LOVE, AND LABOR artist Alma Leiva speaks about her work


LaToya Ruby Frazier, Momme, 2008
LaToya Ruby Frazier, Momme, 2008

The Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery is pleased to present RACE, LOVE AND LABOR, featuring photographs by over twenty artists of color from the artist-in-residency at the Center for Photography at Woodstock (CPW). 

Since 1999, over 100 artists of color working in the photographic arts have created vital images during their residencies at CPW, forming a corpus that captures the shifting currents of contemporary photographic practices. The exhibition is curated by Sarah Lewis, an acclaimed author, art historian, and assistant professor at Harvard University. “It is impossible to separate the history of photography from the history of labor, love, and race in America… A critical function of photography, through a vast range of aesthetics, is the labor of becoming and the work it entails—on the land and within our inner worlds,” says Lewis.

Paul Sepuya, Self-Portrait After, 2010
Paul Sepuya, Self-Portrait After, 2010

The exhibition includes the work of twenty artists including Endia Beal, William Cordova, Isaac Diggs, Caleb Ferguson, LaToya Ruby Frazier, Nikita Gale,Gerard H. Gaskin, Eyakem Gulilat, Tommy Kha, Kathya Maria Landeros, Deana Lawson, Alma Leiva, Yijun Pixy Liao, Gina Osterloh, Dawit L. Petros, Tim Portlock, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Xaviera Simmons, Joanna Tam and Preston Wadley.

Programming at the Zuccaire Gallery includes lectures and discussions about the themes of race, love and labor in photography and everyday life. A lounge in the Gallery provides an inviting space in which campus and community members can gather informally to continue conversations inspired by the photographs on view.

The Zuccaire Gallery is located on the first floor of the Staller Center for the Arts at Stony Brook University. Free and open to the public.

Alma Leiva, Celdas (Prison Cells), Celda #11, 2012
Alma Leiva, Celdas (Prison Cells), Celda #11, 2012


Race, Love and Labor and the 2017-2018 Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery schedule is made possible by a generous grant from the Paul W. Zuccaire Foundation. Program funding for this exhibition is provided by a Presidential Mini-Grant for Departmental Diversity Initiatives. Additional funding is provided by the County of Suffolk and the Friends of Staller Center.

Xaviera Simmons, Untitled #6 (from the series "American Book Covers"), 2007
Xaviera Simmons, Untitled #6 (from the series “American Book Covers”), 2007

Top image: Tommy Kha, Little Polite (A Role Study), 2011