Titus Kaphar is one of the most exciting contemporary artists working in the United States today. His paintings, sculptures, and installations examine the history of representation. Kaphar’s practice seeks to dislodge history from its status as the “past” in order to unearth its contemporary relevance.
Kaphar received an MFA from the Yale School of Art and is a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a 2014 Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Fellowship, a 2015 Creative Capital grant, a 2016 Robert R. Rauschenberg Artist as Activist grant, a 2018 Art for Justice Fund grant, the 2018 Rappaport Prize, and a 2018 MacArthur Genius Grant.
His work is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art; the 21C Museum Collection; The Museum of Modern Art (NYC); Brooklyn Museum (Brooklyn); the Yale University Art Gallery (New Haven, CT); and the Pérez Art Museum Miami (Miami, FL), among others.
As part of the museum’s Distinguished Speaker Series, Titus Kaphar will be coming to Crystal Bridges to give a lecture on Friday, June 14 from 7 to 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 general admission, $12 for members, and $5 for students. Get your tickets here.
To learn more about Kaphar and his work, check out the videos below:
Watch Titus Kaphar give an insightful TED Talk about how art changed his life, and how he’s hoping to use art to focus our perceptions on figures who are often hidden in history and society:
Learn about some of Kaphar’s other art projects with the support of the MacArthur Foundation:
We are fortunate to have Kaphar’s work in the permanent collection of Crystal Bridges. Check out the video below to learn more about his artwork, The Cost of Removal, from some of our curators:
Don’t miss your chance to see Titus Kaphar at Crystal Bridges on June 14! Tickets are available here.