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Artist's Talk: Danny Lyon

October 19, 2017
Fullerton Hall
Free with museum admission, ticket required*

Over a career spanning more than five decades, photographer and filmmaker Danny Lyon has become known for immersing himself in the cultures he documents, from a Chicago motorcycle gang to prisoners in the Texas penitentiary system. 

Curator Hugh Edwards, a mentor and close friend, gave Lyon his first museum exhibition in 1966 at the Art Institute. In this talk, Lyon discusses his own work as well as the impact of Edwards on his life and career. 

*Museum admission is free for Illinois residents every Thursday, 5:00–8:00—including during this event.

About the Artist
Photographer, filmmaker, and writer Danny Lyon (American, born 1942) has gained acclaim for work that combines personal intimacy with trenchant social observation. During his lengthy career, his intensive investigations have resulted in acclaimed photographic series accompanied by books. His most notable series include examinations of the protests for civil rights in the south; the members of the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club; the demolition of a neighborhood to make way for commercial development in New York; and the Texas penitentiary system, among others. He began making films in the late 1960s, with topics ranging from the inhabitants of Bernalillo, New Mexico, to his own family. The recipient of numerous awards and the subject of many exhibitions, including a recent traveling retrospective, Lyon continues to photograph, write, and produce films and books to this day.