Gregory R. Miller & Co.


Lyle Ashton Harris: Our first and last love

Both personal and universal, Harris’ multimedia works weave together legacies of family dynamics, racial discrimination and queer histories

Gathering photographs and installations from both his celebrated and lesser-known series, Our first and last love charts new connections across the artistic practice of New York–based artist Lyle Ashton Harris (born 1965). Inspired by his adolescence divided between New York City and Dar es Salaam, Harris explores the complexities of African and African American collective identity while forging his own personal narrative as a queer Black man. The retrospective exhibition chronicles Harris’ approach to representation and self-portraiture while tracing central themes and formal techniques in his work over the last 35 years. Central to this collection are Harris’ most recently completed pieces. Titled Shadow Works, these multimedia assemblages set photographic prints amid Ghanaian funerary textiles, shells, pottery and locks of the artist’s hair. In the exhibition and the corresponding catalog, the pieces function as starting points for thematic groups of Harris’ other works. Juxtaposed with handwritten notes and family photographs, these arrangements underscore Harris’ layered approach to his practice.

Foreword by Gannit Ankori, Sally Tallant. Text by Nana Adusei-Poku, Roderick A. Ferguson, Ariel Goldberg. Conversation with Lyle Ashton Harris, Lauren Haynes, Caitlin Julia Rubin.
Published 2024
DESIGN: Joseph Logan
FORMAT: Clth, 10 x 11.5 in. / 168 pgs / 100 color.
ISBN: 9781941366653
PRICE: $50.00