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Lauren Halsey: 2021 Knight | Lawrence Prize Winner

Feb 4 – Jul 17 2022

Seattle Art Museum

Third Floor Galleries

Based in Los Angeles, Halsey’s work spans sculpture, installation, and architecture, including site-specific projects, particularly in the South Central neighborhood of Los Angeles. She combines found, fabricated, and handmade objects, with an iconography inspired by Afrofuturism and funk, as well as the signs and symbols that populate her local environments in LA. Her work maintains a sense of civic urgency and free-flowing imagination, reflecting the lives of the people and places around her and addressing the crucial issues confronting people of color, queer populations, and the working class. Critiques of gentrification and disenfranchisement are accompanied by real-world proposals as well as a celebration of on-the-ground aesthetics. Halsey creates a visionary form of culture that is at once radical and collaborative.

Lauren Halsey is a recipient of the Seattle Art Museum’s Gwendolyn Knight | Jacob Lawrence Prize. This exhibition of her work will open winter 2021.

Funding for the prize and exhibition is provided by the Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence and Jacob Lawrence Endowment and generous support from the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Foundation.

Untitled, 2020, Lauren Halsey, hand-carved gypsum on wood, 95 x 71 ½ x 3 in., Image courtesy of the artist and David Kordansky Gallery.

Seattle Art Museum acknowledges that we are on the traditional homelands of the Duwamish and the customary territories of the Suquamish and Muckleshoot Peoples. As a cultural and educational institution, we honor our ongoing connection to these communities past, present, and future. We also acknowledge the urban Native peoples from many Nations who call Seattle their home.

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