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Image of An-My Lê photograph

Event Details

February 3, 2022
7:00 pm –8:00 pm


Members: FREE
Not-Yet-Members: $20
Registration Required


High Museum of Art

Event Description

Before your visit, please review the COVID Health & Safety Guidelines below.

An-My Lê taking a photograph on a large camera.

Hear from artist An-My Lê as she talks about her Picturing the South commission. Lê took inspiration for her project from Specimen Days, Walt Whitman’s autobiographical account of the Civil War, adopting the title The Silent General (Whitman’s name for Union General Ulysses S. Grant). She grouped her pictures into “fragments” (in homage to the poet’s literary structure) that focus on the social unrest that emerged in Washington, DC, in 2020 amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and the aftermath of the murder of George Floyd.

Born in Saigon, An-My Lê and her family fled Vietnam in 1975 and eventually settled in the United States. Since she began photographing in the early 1990s, Lê has explored the impact of violent conflict on American culture and psyche and on the natural landscape.

Sign Language Interpretation: The High Museum strives to make its programs accessible for everyone. Sign language interpretation is provided for all talks.

Please Note: This event takes place outside of regular Museum hours and does not include gallery access.

Support for Conversations with Contemporary Artists is provided by the Jane F. and Clayton F. Jackson Conversations with Contemporary Artists Endowment.


Health and Safety

The High Museum of Art’s top priority is the safety of our community, visitors, artists, and staff members. In consultation with medical and public health experts, the High is implementing a mandatory vaccine and mask policy for all talks and lectures. Audience members will be asked to show proof of vaccination, and masks are required. Audience members who are not vaccinated must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within seventy-two hours of the talk’s start time or a negative COVID-19 antigen test taken within six hours of the talk’s start time. Proof of vaccination (or negative test result) must come directly from the healthcare provider that performed the vaccination (or test). Audience members can show proof of vaccination by presenting a physical vaccination card, a photo of a physical card, or a digital confirmation of vaccination.  A free resource in the Atlanta for vaccinations or COVID-19 testing is Viral Solutions.

Artwork Credit: An-My Lê (American, born Vietnam, 1960), High School Students after Black Lives Matter Protest, Lafayette Park, Washington, D.C., 2020.