Artist Beth Secor discusses the works of photographer Danny Lyon during today’s talk, “The Artist’s Eye — Beth Secor on Danny Lyon,” at The Menil Collection. She’ll focus on the works from his current exhibition, “This World Is Not My Home,” as well as works from the Menil’s permanent collection. Lyon, who often immersed himself in the world of his subjects, became a bona fide member of the Chicago Outlaw Motorcycle Club when he photographed motorcycle gangs for his book Bikeriders. He befriended a convicted rapist on death row when photographing prison inmates for Conversations with the Dead. “I am deeply moved by his photographs,” Secor says. “He is trying to make people more aware of the underclass…of the people that are used and disregarded.”
Secor says Lyon created outstanding photographs because he cares about his subjects. “I am drawn to the people in the photographs,” Secor says, “and I am also drawn aesthetically. I think that they are beautifully composed photographs.” 3 p.m. 1533 Sul Ross. For information, call 713-525-9400 or visit www.menil.org.
Sun., June 3, 2012