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The Artist's Voice
The Studio Museum in Harlem
New York, NY
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The Artist's Voice
The Artist's Voice puts exhibiting artists in conversation with prominent voices from other fields, allowing each to more deeply discuss the scope of the exhibition in relation to broader, cultural concerns. On the occasion of A Constellation, this artist talk invites exhibiting artists Torkwase Dyson and ruby amanze to explore black spatial dynamics, geographic materiality and the ways narrative and biography are constructed and situated within African, diasporic communities. Moderated by Kimberli GantMellon Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum, and PhD candidate at the University of Texas Austinour panel will forge connections to fields beyond visual art, further unpacking the role abstraction and fiction can play in offsetting the temporal and narrative prescriptions of the everyday.

ruby onyinyechi amanze is a visual artist whose practice centers around drawing and works on paper. In a non-linear and open narrative, her drawings explore space as a malleable construct, the freedom to play as revolutionary and cultural hybridity as a mundane norm. In 2004, amanze earned her B.F.A., Summa Cum Laude, from Tyler School of Art, Temple University, and her M.F.A. from Cranbrook Academy of Art, Bloomfield Hills, Michigan in 2006. In 2012-2013, amanze was the recipient of a Fulbright Scholars Award in Drawing to the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She recently concluded the 2014-2015 Workspace Program with Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, was a 2015 summer recipient for the Fountainhead Residency in Miami, and is currently an Artist-in-Residence at the Queens Museum, NY. amanze has exhibited her work internationally including, New York, Johannesburg, Miami, London and Lagos.

Torkwase Dyson's works are deconstructions of natural and built environments that influence black spatial conditions. She considers places and objects that help construct our ideas of humanness as ecological systems to be mined. In her drawings, paintings, and sculptures she re-images familiar structures into minimal schematics that are mediations on human geographic development and belonging, merging minimal geometric abstraction and the language of architecture and landscape architecture to generate an idiosyncratic language that is both meditative and structural. The results are subtle images that make her subject of deconstruction unrecognizable, replacing it with new visual narratives concerning recognition, proximity, resistance, and the imagination. Ms. Dyson has exhibited at Franconia Sculpture Park, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Corcoran College of Art and Design, the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, and the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art.  Ms. Dyson is based in Brooklyn, New York and was appointed lecturer in painting/printmaking at Yale in 2015.

Kimberli Gant is the Mellon Curatorial Fellow in the Department of Arts of Global Africa at the Newark Museum. She is also a PhD candidate at the University of Texas Austin pursuing research on photographic depictions of Lagos, Nigeria. Kimberli's curatorial experience includes: The Contemporary Austin (2012), UT's Warfield Center for African & African Diaspora Studies (2013), Deutsche Bank America in New York (2010) and the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art (MoCADA) in Brooklyn, New York where she was the Curator of Exhibitions and Public Programs (2005-2010). She also recently completed the Center for Curatorial Leadership's inaugural Mellon Foundation Seminar in New York (2014). Kimberli's work has been published in academic books and exhibition catalogues for The Contemporary Austin, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Centre for Contemporary Art Lagos.

This program is free with Museum admission, which is a suggested donation of $7 for adults and $3 for students and seniors. All seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis.


The Studio Museum in Harlem (View)
144 West 125th Street
New York, NY 10027
United States


Arts > Literary
Arts > Visual
Education > Tours

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