We are happy to announce
as the January 2015 recipient of our
Monthly Gift Initiative!
Dawoud Bey is a photographer, father, curator, professor,
writer, musician, and powerfully warm, grounded essence
that lives, works, and resonates throughout Chicago (and beyond).
If you’ve had the privilege to share a conversation with Dawoud,
it is likely you’ve learned something important from that experience –
his words may still be settling in your mind as the months and years pass,
and you may find yourself later sharing these lessons with those you care about.
Dawoud is generous in his role as an educator,
frequently offering guidance and considerate insight
in his engagements within his personal communities
as well as in larger dialogues with the rest of our world
through his expansive practices as a prolific thinker and doer.
Whether he is sharing a grounding perspective
when the hopes for humanity seem to be collapsing,
or sharing the newest works of a recent graduate student
as a propellant for their future and a spotlight for their ideas,
or simply sharing a delectable review of a recent meal on Facebook,
Dawoud teaches us how to embrace the nuances of our days
while representing a contagious appreciation for being alive.
This month, we responded to Dawoud’s motivating influences
with an invitation to collaborate on a notebook:
We call it
THE MODEST VANGUARD
for Dawoud Bey.
Simplicity is my hallmark, so the notebook should be understated...but elegant. Shades of grey with lined pages and un-ruled pages. Red in there somewhere, since red always awakens the senses and the eyes, especially when paired with grey or black. The notebook should be useable but so beautiful that you almost don't want to use it.
I shall leave it to you to do what you do best...
As Dawoud has a mysterious ability to see every exhibition ever
and seemingly be in multiple cities at the same time,
his notebook needed to be portable as well as durable:
the small 4.5" x 7" size with a vinyl buckram wrapped cover
will last long and show little wear through its travel and use.
The book consists of two main sections (red-ruled and unruled)
divided by a third section of textured gray vellum papers
to be used for sketching or as a file for collected ephemera.
The endpages represent a bold red that carries
throughout the book in its thread and headbands.