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For this artist, portraits are the window to the soul

Artist Lyle Ashton Harris
Erin Keever/WUNC

Portraiture is a direct and intimate form that helps us to really see people. Not just look at them.

This form of artistry has been a major part of Lyle Ashton Harris' body of work. He's known for his evocative self-portraits and portraiture, and is unafraid to force conversations around race, identity and queerness.

Lyle Ashton Harris: Our First and Last Love," is on display at the Nasher Museum of Art through January 7, 2024.

The artist was recently featured in a story about three prominent exhibits from Black portraitists this fall, which you can read at The New York Times here.

Lyle Ashton Harris, artist, professor

Leoneda Inge is the co-host of WUNC's "Due South." Leoneda has been a radio journalist for more than 30 years, spending most of her career at WUNC as the Race and Southern Culture reporter. Leoneda’s work includes stories of race, slavery, memory and monuments. She has won "Gracie" awards, an Alfred I. duPont Award and several awards from the Radio, Television, Digital News Association (RTDNA). In 2017, Leoneda was named "Journalist of Distinction" by the National Association of Black Journalists.