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at home: Symposium | In Conversation: Titus Kaphar and art collectors Arthur Lewis and Hau Nguyen
Titus Kaphar (Yale MFA 2006), artist and cofounder of NXTHVN, in conversation with the art collectors Arthur Lewis and Hau Nguyen; moderated by Abigail Lamphier, Senior Curatorial Assistant in the Department of Paintings and Sculpture at the Center

Sep 17, 2021 12:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Titus Kaphar
Yale MFA 2006, artist and cofounder of NXTHVN
Kaphar is an American artist whose paintings, sculptures, and installations examine the history of pictorial representation. Kaphar physically manipulates his canvases by cutting, shredding, twisting, breaking, and tearing his paintings and sculptures, reconfiguring them into works that reveal unspoken truths about the nature of history, often in an effort to consider overlooked subjects. Kaphar received an MFA from the Yale School of Art in 2006 and is a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards. His work appears in the collections of the Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, and the Whitney Museum of American Art, to name a few. Kaphar lives and works in New Haven, CT. In 2015, he cofounded NXTHVN with Jason Price, a nonprofit arts incubator which offers fellowships, residencies, and other professional development opportunities to artists, curators, and students in the local community and beyond.
Arthur Lewis and Hau Nguyen
art collectors
Lewis and Nguyen have built an art collection celebrated for its focus on contemporary women artists and artists of color and were named in the top 200 art collectors by "ArtNews" in 2020. Over the last thirteen years, the couple have intentionally focused on supporting a wide range of black artists and developing their local art community in Los Angeles. As a result, the core of Lewis and Nguyen's collection features both emerging and established artists including Genevieve Gaignard, Jennie C. Jones, Titus Kaphar, Kerry James Marshall, Ebony G. Patterson, and Amy Sherald. In October 2020, Lewis and Nguyen lent Kaphar's "Enough About You" (2016) to the Yale Center for British Art. This artwork was on view in the Center's galleries for eight months in place of the 18th-century group portrait "Elihu Yale with Members of his Family and an Enslaved Child."