HOME SCHOOL 8/13/20: Artist Bryan Graf in Conversation (in conjunction with “Optical Research” opening at Tracey Morgan Gallery)
This is an archived recording of a preview and artist talk with CJ Heyliger, Erin Hyde Nolan, and the artist to discuss his new show that opens Friday August 14th at Tracey Morgan Gallery.

Bryan Graf navigates the photographic medium with a discursive interest in the history of photography and its relationship to design, painting, and narrative fiction. His practice involves mixing photography-based images that have visceral, optical and conceptual relationships.

He received an MFA from Yale University in 2008 and a BFA from the Art Institute of Boston in 2005. Graf has held solo shows nationally and internationally. His work has been exhibited at Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA; The George Eastman House Museum, Rochester, New York; Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, Maine; and DeCordova Museum and Sculpture Park, Lincoln, Massachusetts. Graf was a 2016 recipient of the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant.

Grafʼs work has appeared in numerous publications, including Blind Spot, Details, Harpers and The New York Times among others. He has published four books.

CJ Heyliger is a photo-based artist whose work assesses the veracity of the photographic image in relation to human perception and experience. His work has been exhibited internationally including The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, MA, The Columbus Museum of Art in Columbus, OH, The Museum of Photographic Arts in San Diego, CA, Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, and Geste in Paris, France. Heyliger is represented by Gallery Luisotti in Los Angeles, CA where he is currently part of the group exhibition “Four Artists” with Lewis Baltz, John Divola, and Christina Fernandez. He is a visiting lecturer at San Diego State University, where he lives and works.

Erin Hyde Nolan is a Visiting Assistant Professor at Maine College of Art where she teaches
courses on the history of photography, Islamic Art, and global modernism. She received her PhD from Boston University in 2017.

Her research on photographic culture from the Islamic world has been published in academic journals such as Ars Orientalis and the Trans Asia Photography Review. Her current book manuscript, Portrait Atlas: The Circulation of Nineteenth-Century Ottoman Portrait Photographs, examines representations of identity and power, selfhood and cultural belonging in the long nineteenth century across the Mediterranean and Atlantic worlds. Two collaborative projects in which Hyde Nolan is currently engaged include: a co-edited volume, Survey Practices and Landscape Photography Across the Globe, on photographic land surveys in the majority world (Routledge 2022); and a co-curated exhibition, Outside of the Frame: Todd Webb in Africa, which presents newly discovered photographs by Todd Webb that have yet to be exhibited or published in their original format. Commissioned by the United Nations to document industry and technology in 1958, Webb’s photographs raise deep questions about agency and power, positionality and privilege, travel and tourism, and the ways modernization is documented in the context of the African continent. The exhibition will open at the Minneapolis Institute of Art in March 2021. It will be accompanied by a book of the same name and published by Thames & Hudson in 2021.

Her scholarship has been supported by the Kunsthistorisches Institut-Florenz, Max-Planck
Society, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, Historians of Islamic Art, and Getty Research Institute,
among others. Before attending graduate school, Hyde Nolan worked at the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Harvard Art Museums, Morgan Library & Museum and Todd Webb Archive.