The Dei Center
Invites you to
Collecting Contemporary Art
With Gregory R. Miller
Managing Director, Greenhill Co.
and President, Gregory R. Miller Co.
Book Launch of
Lyle Ashton Harris: Blow Up
Blowup is a twenty-year retrospective monograph of Lyle Ashton Harris’s work featuring recent photographs made while living in Ghana. Contributors to the book include Ghana’s own philosopher Kwame Anthony Appiah and artist/scholar Senam Okudzeto. Appiah discusses Harris’s work in the context of a penetrating commentary regarding contemporary Ghana and Okudzeto offers an insightful conversation between herself and the artist.
Date: Sunday 26th April 2009
The Dei Center
No.7A Ninth Street
Tesano - Accra
Time: 4.00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Co-Hosted by Nat Amarteifio
The Dei Center for contemporary art is a partnership between the Seth and Carleene Dei Foundation and New York University’s Africa House. The mission of the Dei Center is to support and promote the creation, study, exhibition, and conservation of contemporary African art, with a special emphasis on the visual art of Ghana. Through academic symposia, exhibitions and public lectures, the Dei Center will make a valuable contribution to the cultural life of artists, scholars and students in Ghana and throughout the international community.
Gregory R. Miller Biography
Gregory Miller is a Managing Director of Greenhill & Co., an independent global investment banking firm focused on mergers and acquisitions, financial restructuring and merchant banking. Greenhill & Co. is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (ticker: GHL). At Greenhill, Miller serves clients in the media industry, with a particular focus on companies involved in publishing and information services in both the U.S and Europe. Prior to joining Greenhill in early 2004, he was a Managing Director at Credit Suisse, where he worked for more than 14 years. He has worked with some of the world's largest publishing and information companies and has advised on more than 100 merger and acquisition and capital raising transactions in all segments and media of the industry.
In 2004, Miller launched Gregory R. Miller & Co. (www.grmandco.com), a publisher of high quality books about contemporary art and artists. His publishing company’s books aim not only to enhance our understanding and appreciation of art but also to make a contribution to the broader cultural dialogue of which contemporary art is an essential part. Gregory R. Miller & Co. has published highly regarded and award-winning publications on artists such as Marilyn Minter, Ann Hamilton, Amy Sillman, Ellen Harvey, and Lyle Ashton Harris. Forthcoming publications include major monographs on Ghada Amer, Uta Barth, Joan Jonas, Adrian Piper, and Mark Bradford, among others. D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers distributes the publications of Gregory R. Miller & Co.
Miller is President of the Board of White Columns and is a Member of the Board and Treasurer of the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which administers the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. He is also a member of the Painting & Sculpture Committee of the Whitney Museum of American Art and a member of the International Center of Photography’s Acquisitions Committee. Miller received his J.D. from Yale Law School in 1993 and a B.A. in English, summa cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame in 1987.
Lyle Ashton Harris Biography
Lyle Ashton Harris was born in the Bronx and raised in New York City and Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. He currently lives and works in New York City and Accra, Ghana. His work has been exhibited internationally, including at the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran Gallery of Art, the Walker Art Center, the Institute of Contemporary Arts in London, the Kunsthalle Basel, and the Centre d’Art Contemporain in Geneva. Harris participated in the 2nd International Biennial of Contemporary Art of Seville and the 52nd Venice Biennale. His work is in numerous public collections, including the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Walker Art Center, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. Harris’s commissioned work is regularly featured in a wide range of publications, including The New York Times Magazine, Vibe, and New York. During 2000 and 2001, he was a fellow at the American Academy in Rome. He is represented by CRG Gallery in New York. Gregory R. Miller & Co. has recently published a monograph of the artist, Lyle Ashton Harris: Blow Up, with essays by Cassandra Coblentz, Sarah Elizabeth Lewis and Kwame Anthony Appiah. Forthcoming in 2009, Gregory R. Miller & Co. will publish Lyle Ashton Harris, Excessive Exposure: The Complete Chocolate Portraits, with an essay by Okwui Enwezor and foreword by Henry Louis Gates Jr. In 2004, Gregory R. Miller & Co. published Lyle Ashton Harris, with an essay by Anna Deavere Smith. Harris is a Professor of Art at NYU in Ghana.