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Dear Black Son Project

May 11 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Local photographer Celestia Morgan speaks about her Dear Black Son Project, which explores the private discussions between Black fathers and their sons, particularly about being Black in America, via portraits juxtaposed with comments or questions.

Celestia Cookie Morgan (b.1981) was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. She earned her BFA in photography from the University of Alabama at Birmingham in 2012 and her MFA from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa in 2017. Morgan currently is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa.

Morgan’s riveting work has been exhibited in Minneapolis Institute of Art in Minneapolis, Minnesota; State of the Art: Discovering American Art at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas; Alabama Artist: Birmingham Museum of Art, and the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute Her recent exhibitions include the National Public Housing Museum’s Undesign the Redline in Chicago, Illinois; Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s New Southern Photography curated by Richard McCabe in New Orleans, Louisiana; Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art “All or Nothing” in Bentonville, Arkansas; Birmingham Public Library “Food is Work” commissioned by Southern Foodway Alliance’s.

Her work has appeared in a number of publications the New York Times, LensScratch, New Southern Photography, Southern Foodways Alliance Gravy Magazine, and ArtNet News.
Morgan’s work is in the permanent collection of numerous museums including Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and the Birmingham Museum of Art and many private collections across the country.