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Cosmo Whyte at Lux Art Institute

  • WHEN Ongoing from now until November 7, 2020[days & times]
  • WHERE Lux Art Institute, 1550 South El Camino Real, Encinitas, CA
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  • AGES Not available
  • COST Free

Jamaican artist Cosmo Whyte explores liminal spaces created by migration. He investigates the effects that leaving one culture behind and trying to assimilate to another has on the construction of identity. His personal experiences as a societally designated black man born in Jamaica act as a point of departure for his work, critiquing concepts of nation-building, migrant displacement, assimilation, appropriation, and the impact this complicated history has on diasporic communities.

Whyte’s process includes drawing, performance, sculpture, and installation. In his drawings, Whyte uses references to cultural identity through his use of gold leaf in order to explore displacement, the societal effects of mining gold, and the shaping of community through these histories. He mixes common objects with archival imagery and integrates elements of kitsch in his sculptural work as a way to consider the function of domestic spaces in relation to hospitality and the reality of the migrant experience.

Born in Jamaica in 1982, Whyte is now based in Atlanta, Georgia and Montego Bay, Jamaica. He received his MFA from the University of Michigan, his post-baccalaureate from Maryland Institute College of Art, and his BFA from Bennington College in Vermont. He has most recently exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia, Atlanta (2019); The Summerset House, London, UK (2019); 13th Havana Biennial Matanzas, Cuba (2019); The High Museum, Atlanta (2019); the Jamaica Biennial (2017) and Atlanta Biennial, Atlanta Contemporary (2016). Whyte has been the recipient of the Art Matters Award (2019), The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award (2019), the Working Artist Award (2018), The Drawing Center's Open Sessions Fellowship (2018), Artadia Award (2016), the International Sculpture Center’s “Outstanding Student Achievement in Contemporary Sculpture Award” (2015) and the Edge Award (2010). In 2021, Whyte will participate in Prospect 5, New Orleans.

Cosmo Whyte's exhibition is open to everyone free of charge. Visit the exhibition at Lux Art Institute by reserving a free time-slot reservation in advance of your visit.

Cosmo Whyte at Lux Art Institute:
Thursday, October 1, 2020 through
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Saturday, September 12, 2020 through
Saturday, November 7, 2020

Lux Art Institute's new hours:
Thursday - Saturday
2 p.m. - 5 p.m.
by reservation only

Check out regional artist-in-residence Beliz Iristay's exhibition too, while you're there.

Dates and times of events are subject to change without notice. Always check the event organizer's website for the most updated schedule before attending.

Photograph of artist Cosmo Whyte courtesy of Lux Art Inst...

Above: Photograph of artist Cosmo Whyte courtesy of Lux Art Institute.


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