John Edmonds

John Edmonds

Visiting Lecturer on Art, Film, and Visual Studies, Spring 2022
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John Edmonds is an American artist and photographer who first came to public recognition with his intimate portraits of lovers, close friends and strangers. He earned his MFA in Photography from Yale University and his BFA at the Corcoran School of Arts & Design. His work explores themes of identity, community, desire and belonging. Noted for his highly formalist photographs in which he focuses on the performative gestures and self-fashioning of young, Black men on the streets of America, his work is in numerous public and private collections, including the Brooklyn Museum, The Art Gallery of Ontario, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Museum of Fine Arts Houston, The Museum of Modern Art, SFMoMA, The Rubell Collection, The National Gallery of Art, The Milwaukee Art Museum, The Getty Museum, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Yale University Art Gallery. Residencies include: the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Skowhegan, Maine; Light Work, Syracuse, New York; and the Banff Centre, Banff, Alberta, Canada. Recent exhibitions include Black Modernism - Africa and the Avantgarde at the Kunstmuseum Pablo Picasso Münster; God Made My Face: A Collective Portrait of James Baldwin at David Zwirner, New York; Ex-Africa at the Quai Branly Museum in Paris and The Slipstream: Reflection, Resilience, and Resistance in the Art of Our Time at the Brooklyn Museum. In 2019, he was included in 79th Whitney Biennial. His forth-coming exhibition, A Sidelong Glance, opens at the FOAM Amsterdam in Spring 2022. Edmonds has taught at Yale University and the School of Visual Arts. He currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York and is Visiting Lecturer on Art, Film and Visual Studies at Harvard University.