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Spring 2022

Julia Kwon The Blanket Statements You Use on Me and Every Other Yellow Women

Julia Kwon
January 13, 2022

Julia Kwon is an interdisciplinary artist whose work comments on the objectification of Asiatic female bodies, challenges the notion of authenticity, and examines the complexities of constructing identities within the context of globalism, cultural hybridity, intersectionality, and the collective struggle for social justice.

Image: Julia Kwon, The Blanket Statements You Use on Me and Every Other Yellow Women, 2019Satin, brocade, custom designed fabric, and wire, sewn in the format of enlarged Korean object-wrapping cloth called bojagi, 2.75 x 14 x 14 ft.

Chan Chao
February 17, 2022

Chan Chao was born in Kalemyo, Burma. He has published three photography books, “Burma: Something Went Wrong”, “Letter form PLF” and “Echo”. He has an upcoming publication titled “Two Places on Earth”, due out in January. Chao’s Burma portraits were featured in the 2002 Whitney Biennial. His photographs have been exhibited at Yancey Richardson Gallery in New York, NY, G Fine Art in Washington DC and Mark Moore Gallery in Santa Monica, CA.

Image: Chan Chao, Melissa, December 2006. Country of Origin: Peru. Courtesy of the artist.

Macon Reed, These Art Not Fables

Macon Reed
March 17, 2022

Macon Reed is an artist working in sculpture, installation, video, painting, and participatory projects. Primarily, they create large immersive, handmade installations that host extensive participatory programming through a queer and intersectional feminist lens.

Image: Macon Reed, These are Not Fables.

Panel Discussion: Danielle Abrams + Mary Ellen Strom
March 21, 2022

Danielle Abrams + Mary Ellen Strom have been selected as the inaugural artists for the Pauli Murray Residency for Art and Racial Justice. Responding to Abrams + Strom's previous work, the artists and faculty panelists each drew on their own areas of expertise to consider key questions related to art and social justice, including: what are the stakes and challenges of creating artistic work that directly engages with questions of race, power, and history? 

Image: Danielle Abrams, Mary Ellen Strom

The Ghana Thinktank: Developing the First World

Ghana Thinktank Artist Talk
April 4, 2022

Ghana ThinkTank is an international collective that “develops the first world” by flipping traditional power dynamics, asking the “third world” to intervene into the lives of the people living in the so-called “developed” world. Ghana ThinkTank’s innovative approach to public art reveals blind spots between otherwise disconnected cultures, challenges assumptions about who is “needy,” and turns the idea of expertise on its head by asking people in the “third world” to solve problems of people in the “first world.”

Fall 2021


September 29

Cara Ober, artist, editor-in-chief at BmoreArt

October 7

Amber Robles-Gordon, artist
Larry Ossei-Mensah, curator
Mikhaile Solomon, founder Prizm Art Fair
Pablo Guardiola, artist (of Beta-Local)

October 22

Monsieur Zohore, artist

October 28

Danielle Abrams + Mary Ellen Strom, artists
More About Abrams + Strom

November 6: Seeing Climate Change Symposium

Monica Jahan Bose
Lauren Bon
Jesse Ribot
Signe Wilkinson, Making Climate Change Visible 

November 7: Seeing Climate Change Symposium

Artist talk: James Mayhew, Artist Talk

November 17

Artist and curator talk: Philip Brookman + Milena Kalinovska

November 20

Artist and curator conversation: Anil Revri + Eleanor Heartney

Image: Amber Robles-Gordon, Reflexiones sobre el yo, la virgen maría y el colonialismo, Reflections of self, the Virgin Mary and colonialism, 2020. Mixed media, collage on canvas, 18 x 24 in. Courtesy of the artist.

Spring 2021

Clifford Owens
February 18, 2021

Clifford Owens is an artist who makes photographs, performance art, works on paper, videos, installations, and texts. His art has appeared in many solo and group exhibitions, both nationally and internationally.

Portrait of Clifford Owens. Photo by Karina Aguiler

Nicole Awai
March 4, 2021

Awai earned her Master’s Degree in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida in 1996. She attended the Showhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency in 1997 and was artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2000. Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 Initial Public Offerings series at the Whitney Museum of American Art and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2012. 

Image: Nicole Awai, Reflection Pool, 2019. Acrylic paint, resin, graphite, nail polish, plastic, shells, crystalline solids and paper 38” x 50”. Photo credit: Max Yawney

Legacy Russell
March 25, 2021

Legacy Russell is a curator and writer. Born and raised in New York City, she is the Associate Curator of Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem. Her academic, curatorial, and creative work focuses on gender, performance, digital selfdom, internet idolatry, and new media ritual. 

Image: Portrait of Legacy Russell. Photo Credit: Daniel Dorsa

Portals by Guadalupe Maravilla

Guadalupe Maravilla
March April 6, 2021

Guadalupe Maravilla is a transdisciplinary artist who was part of the first wave of undocumented children to arrive at the United States border in the 1980s from Central America. As an homage to his own migratory history, and to that of others, Maravilla makes work that acknowledges the historical and contemporary contexts of immigrant culture, notably belonging to Latinx communities.

Image: Guadalupe Maravilla, Portals. Sculptural Installation at ICA Miami

Fall 2020: Queer Threads

T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, Nina Simone (Mississippi Goddam, 1968), 2019

TJ Dedeaux-Norris
September 17, 2022

TJ Dedeaux-Norris (fka Tameka Jenean Norris) was born in Guam and received her undergraduate degree at the University of California, Los Angeles before graduating with an MFA from Yale University School of Art in 2012. Norris has recently participated in numerous exhibitions and festivals including at Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, NC; Yerba Buena Museum, San Francisco, CA; among many others.

Image: T.J. Dedeaux-Norris, Nina Simone (Mississippi Goddam, 1968), 2019. Reclaimed fabric, bedsheets, tablecloth, acrylic paint, sequins, curtain rod. 87 × 88 in.

Paolo Aaro, Evolving Quilt Project (ongoing)

Paolo Arao
October 1, 2020

Paolo Arao is a Brooklyn-based, Filipino-American artist working with textiles He received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University. Arao has shown his work widely and has presented solo exhibitions at David B. Smith Gallery in Denver, Glass Box in Seattle, Western Exhibitions in Chicago, Franklin Artworks in Minneapolis, Jeff Bailey Gallery and Barney Savage Gallery, both in NYC. 

Image: Paolo Aaro, Evolving Quilt Project (ongoing). Sewn canvas, corduroy, cotton, denim, silk, wool. Currently 125 x 250 inches.

Oliver Herring, Untitled (Flower for Ethyl Eichelberger), 1991-92

Oliver Herring
October 15, 2022

Oliver Herring was born in Heidelberg, Germany, in 1964, and lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. He received a BFA from the University of Oxford, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford, England, and an MFA from Hunter College, New York. Among Herring’s early works were his woven sculptures and performance pieces in which he knitted Mylar, a transparent and reflective material, into human figures, clothing, and furniture. 

Image: Oliver Herring, Untitled (Flower for Ethyl Eichelberger). 1991-92 Knit transparent tape. 85 x 85”.

Sheila Pepe, Your Granny's Not Square, 2008

Sheila Pepe
October 29, 2022

Sheila Pepe received a BA from Albertus Magnus College in 1981, a BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 1983 and a MFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston/Tufts University in 1995. She attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture in 1994 and Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in 1984. Pepe has exhibited widely throughout the United States and abroad in solo and group exhibitions as well as collaborative projects, most recently in Fiber: Sculpture 1960–Present, ICA/Boston, MA, and 
We have never participated: 8th Shenzhen Sculpture Biennale, China. 

Image: Julia Kwon, Sheila Pepe Your Granny's Not Square, 2008. Shoelaces, yarn, and hanging hardware. 84 x 144 x 42 inches. Collection of the Leslie-Lohman Museum

Angela Hennessy, Black Rainbow, 2017

Angela Hennessy
January 13, 2022

Angela Hennessy is an Oakland-based artist and Associate Professor at California College of the Arts where she teaches courses on visual and cultural narratives of death and contemporary art. Through writing, studio work, and performance her practice examines mythologies of blackness embedded in linguistic metaphors of color and cloth.

Image: Angela Hennessy, Black Rainbow, 2017. Crocheted synthetic and human hair, artist’s hair, LED light strip, frame. 10' x 15' x 5'.

Past Visiting Artists

  • Marina Abramovic
  • Olive Ayhens
  • Kenny Bailey
  • Sanford Biggers
  • Robert Bordo
  • Iona Brown
  • Michael Ray Charles
  • Susanna Coffey
  • Diana Cooper
  • Tara Donovan
  • Leonardo Drew
  • Nicole Eisenman
  • Michelle Grabner
  • Joanne Greenbaum
  • Chris Hanson
  • Hendrika Sonnenberg
  • James Hyde
  • Shirley Kaneda
  • Titus Kaphar
  • Anish Kapoor
  • Nina Katchadourian
  • Karl Kauper
  • Annette Lawrence
  • Kalup Linzy
  • Lori Lobenstine
  • Ayako Maruyama
  • Donald Moffett
  • Linda Montano
  • Carrie Moyer
  • William PopeL.
  • William Powhida
  • Rob Pruitt
  • Dorothea Rockburne
  • Dan Steinhilber
  • Gary Stephan
  • Tobias Sternberg
  • Robert Storr
  • Stephen Westfall
  • Sam Moyer
  • Valerie Hegarty
  • Terry Adkins
  • Gianna Commito
  • Courtney Smith
  • Matthew Rich
  • Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
  • Saul Chernick
  • Nina Katchadourian
  • William Powhida
  • Stephen Madoff
  • Marina Abramovic
  • Susanna Coffey
  • Dan Steinhilber
  • Robert Storr
  • Gary Stephan
  • Dorothy Frey
  • Jeremy Long
  • Alison Hall
  • Amber Scoon
  • Beverly McIvers
  • Julie Langsam
  • Hilary Harkness
  • Erik Thor Sandberg
  • Kurt Kauper
  • Howardena Pindell
  • Michele Greet
  • Sanford Biggers
  • Galo Moncayo
  • Jiha Moon
  • Isabel Manalo
  • Gary Stephan
  • Charles Spurrier
  • James Hyde
  • Vibeke Sorenson
  • Joshua Shannon
  • Louis Fishman
  • Keith Mayerson
  • Mark Kenison
  • Scott Reeder
  • Jefferson Pinder
  • Alexander Dumbadze
  • Chitra Ganesh
  • Randall Packer
  • Elena Sisto
  • Annette Lawrence
  • Susan Fisher Sterling
  • Mary Coble
  • Leslie King-Hammond
  • Ann Pibal
  • Dean Smith
  • Jill Downen
  • Frank Trankina
  • Amy Raehse NA