‘Reflections’ memorializes contributions of iconic African Americans

Terrence A. Reese (TAR). Gordon Parks, October 8, 1995, New York, NY. 1995. Silver Gelatin Print, 15”h x 15”w. Courtesy the artist.

The NIU Art Museum will proudly host visiting artist Terrence A. Reese (“Tar”) during a public reception starting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, as he discusses his body of artwork and his current exhibition Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans on view at the Art Museum.

Chicago-born Reese has always had an eye for capturing the essence of his subjects, letting his images tell the story. After graduating from Southern Illinois University, Reese moved to New York City to pursue his passion for photography and launched his professional career attracting an array of clients, including movers and shakers within the entertainment, business and political sectors, such as Tupac Shakur, Missy Elliott, D’Angelo, LL Cool J, Mary J Blige, Aaliyah, Billy Joel, Lauren Hill, Warner Bros., Virgin Records and former New York City Mayor David Dinkins, to name a few.

Carefully framed and composed, each portrait depicts subjects in strategically placed mirrors within their homes, offices and studios. This technique allows Reese, who trained as an architectural draftsman, to represent not only the faces of his subjects but also the artworks, books, and mementos that decorate their personal spaces. The resulting photographs are layered and complex, revealing the photographic process as a collaborative, focused, sometimes humorous encounter between artist and subject. Accompanying each image is a text by Reese describing the contributions of his sitters, who include the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Gordon Parks, Faith Ringgold, B.B. King and Eleanor Holmes Norton. Made over a period of almost twenty years, these intimate photographs serve to memorialize and honor the contributions and achievements of these iconic figures.

A public reception for Reflections: Intimate Portraits of Iconic African Americans will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 5 – 6 p.m. at the NIU Art Museum. The Visiting Artist Slide Talk will be on Wednesday, Oct. 11, 6:10 – 7:40 p.m. at Altgeld Hall room 125.

This event is sponsored by the Center for Black Studies and the Office of Academic Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, and the Dean’s Circle of the College of Visual and Performing Arts.



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