Two collages of objects such as letters, newspapers, and archival images are treated with blue and green overlays and placed atop a patterned textile.

Lyle Ashton Harris

b. 1965

Born in The Bronx, New York in 1965, lives and works in New York, New York

My works speak to the multiplicity of locations I occupy. I utilize self-portraiture as a tool for embodiment, to reimagine the self while looking at the past, to meditate on the present as a way to conceptualize the future and rethink our understanding of identity. — Lyle Ashton Harris, 2021



Our first and last love
Nasher Museum of Art, Rose Art Museum, Queens Museum

Lyle Ashton Harris

Blow Up (Verso), 2010-19
Art Basel

Lyle Ashton Harris

Flash of the Spirit
Salon 94 Bowery

Lyle Ashton Harris

Group Show

Portraiture: A Private Room


Lyle Ashton Harris, Zamble (Clermont), 2018

Lyle Ashton Harris has cultivated a diverse artistic practice ranging from photography and collage to installation and performance art. His work explores intersections between the personal and the political, examining the impact of ethnicity, gender, and desire on the contemporary social and cultural dynamic.

Harris has been widely exhibited internationally, including most recently in “Photography’s Last Century” at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; in “Basquiat’s ‘Defacement’: The Untold Story’’ and “Implicit Tensions: Mapplethorpe Now” at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; in “United by AIDS” at Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich; in “Kiss My Genders” at the Haywood Gallery, London; in “Tell Me Your Story” at Kunsthal KaDE, Amersfoort, NL; in “Elements of Vogue” at the Centro de Arte Dos de Mayo, Madrid (traveled to Museo Universitario del Chopo, Mexico City). Harris’s work was included in the 52nd Venice Biennale (2007), the Busan Biennial, South Korea (2008), the Bienal de São Paulo (2016), the Whitney Biennial (2017), and presented by Cinéma Du Réel at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2018). Harris’s solo exhibition “Ektachrome Archive” will be on view at the ICA Miami through May, 2021.

Harris is represented in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Hessel Museum of Art at Bard College, Annendale-on-Hudson, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), Los Angeles; the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Pérez Art Museum, Miami; the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Tate, London, UK; Museo de Arte Contemporáneo de Castilla y León, Spain; Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst, Zurich, Switzerland, among others.

Harris has also presented performances at a range of venues, most recently at Volksbühne Grüner Salon sponsored by KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin (2019); a lecture/performance on Andy Warhol presented by the DIA Art Foundation, New York (2018); and an installation/performance at Participant Inc., New York (2018); and a lecture/performance on experimentation, politics and sexuality in the work of filmmaker Marlon T. Riggs at Griffin Art Projects, Vancouver BC, Canada (2020).

Harris received a fellowship from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation (2016), the David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art, Atlanta (2014), and the Rome Prize Fellowship (2000) among other awards and honors. Harris joined the Board of Trustees of the American Academy in Rome in 2014 and was appointed a trustee of the Tiffany Foundation in 2016.

Born in the Bronx, New York, raised in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and New York, Harris obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wesleyan University, a Master of Fine Arts degree from the California Institute of the Arts, and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. Harris is a Professor of Art at New York University and lives in New York.



Lyle Ashton Harris's Scrapbook of the Self
Vince Aletti

The New Yorker

A Photographer Widens His Gaze to Loss, and It’s a Gain
Holland Cotter

The New York Times

Lyle Ashton Harris: Our First and Last Love | Queens Museum
Aundréa Verdi

Musée Magazine

June 2024 exhibitions: Art shows to leave the house for this month
Ashleigh Kane


“What Does It Mean to Have Survived?”: Lyle Ashton Harris, in Conversation With Ryan McGinley
Ryan McGinley

Interview Magazine

From Manet paintings to Zidane photographs, artist Lyle Ashton Harris samples images to create a language of his own
Kristian Vistrup Madsen

Art Basel

A trove of old Ektachrome slides shows artists, friends and lovers in the 1980s and '90s
Jacqui Palumbo

CNN Style

Lyle Ashton Harris's "Ektachrome Archive"

CNN Style

5 artists tell us the hardships—and benefits—of creating in isolation
Ann Binlot

Document Journal

McKenzie Wark

Brooklyn Rail

Lyle Ashton Harris on Self-Portraiture and Making Man and Woman #1, 1987
Caitlin Shamberg


Lyle Ashton Harris
Andrea Blanch

Musee Magazine

Out Side In: In His Arresting Work, Lyle Ashton Harris Looks to the Recent Past for New Ways Forward
Maximilíano Durón


Diasporic Notions: Lyle Ashton Harris Interviewed by Katy Diamond Hamer
Katy Diamond Hamer

Bomb Magazine

The Hallucinatory Reclamations of Lyle Ashton Harris’s Masked Self-Portraits
Andrea K. Scott

The New Yorker

The artist who explored ethnicity, gender, & desire in 90s America
Miss Rosen

Dazed Digital