Coleman Collins – an interdisciplinary artist and writer who explores the ways that progressive, iterative processes can have extensive effects over time. His work often identifies technological developments, migration patterns, and relationships of debt and obligation as the modes through which these processes are rendered.
Recent exhibitions and screenings include Hesse Flatow (New York, NY), Brief Histories, New York, NY), Carré d’Art (Nîmes, France), Kunsthalle Wien (Vienna, Austria), Nothing Special (Los Angeles, CA), Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (New York, NY), ltd los angeles (Los Angeles, CA), Artspace (New Haven, CT), and Human Resources Los Angeles. Collins is a 2022 recipient of a Graham Foundation research grant. He has also received support from NYFA and Cafe Royal Cultural Foundation. Collins received an MFA from UCLA in 2018, and was a 2017 resident at the Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture. In 2019, he participated in the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program. He currently lives in New York and is a fellow at Stony Brook University’s Future Histories Studio.
Constance DeJong – has cultivated a career as a writer and as a performance, video, and new media artist since the late 1970s. Modern Love, her first novel, was published in 1977; then adapted the book into a 60-minute radio text. She broadens the possibilities of narrative form, literary genre, and technological interactivity through her experimental compositions, recitational performance, multimedia spoken text works, and digital and media art projects. DeJong channels time and language as her mediums.
Her work has been presented at the Renaissance Society (Chicago, IL), the Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), the Wexner Center (Columbus, OH), the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and in New York at The Kitchen, Thread Waxing Space, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Dia Center for the Arts. In 1983 she composed the libretto for the Philip Glass opera Satyagraha, which has been staged at opera houses worldwide, including the Metropolitan Opera (New York, NY), the Netherlands National Opera (Rotterdam, Netherlands), and the Brooklyn Academy of Music (New York, NY). She has permanent audio-text installations in Beacon, New York; London; and Seattle.
Jimmie Durham – was a visual artist, activist, and writer. He became recognized in the 80s with objects and sculptures made from materials such as stones, animal skulls and bones, and carved wood. Durham’s artistic practice also expanded into installation, drawing, video, performance, and photography. He utilized his Native American heritage to create powerful works that challenged and dismantled Western hegemony. He was also involved in the U.S. Civil Rights Movement and served as a political organizer for the American Indian Movement.
In 2017–18, a retrospective of his work was exhibited at the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, CA), Walker Art Center (Minneapolis, MN), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), and the Remai Modern (Saskatoon, Canada). Durham was awarded The Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement of the 58th Venice Biennial (2019), the Robert Rauschenberg Award in 2017, and the Goslarer Kaiserring Prize in 2016.
Charles Gaines – is a vital figure of the Conceptual Art movement. His mediums extend to drawing, photography, installation, and sculpture which he uses to engage formulas and systems that investigate and examine relationships between objectivity and subjectivity. Gaines considers the way numerical systems shape ideas of philosophy, aesthetics, language, and politics.
Gaines earned his BA from Jersey City State College in 1966 and his MFA from School of Art and Design at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1967. He became a faculty member of the California Institute of the Arts in 1989 where he would stay for over 30 years. Gaines lives and works in Los Angeles and has established a fellowship at CalArts to provide scholarship support for Black students in the M.F.A. Art program. His works are presented at the Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), the Studio Museum in Harlem (New York, NY) and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, CA).
Leslie Hewitt – a visual artist who works with photography, sculpture, and site-specific installations. Her objects often include historically significant books and vintage magazines, along with personal mementos such as family pictures (not always her own) that invoke associative significance through juxtaposition. Hewitt’s works often address fluid notions of time through memory and experience.
Hewitt attended Cooper Union in 2000 where she earned a BFA for the Advancement of Science and Art, New York, and an MFA in sculpture from Yale University in 2004, New Haven, Connecticut. She was a Clark Fellow in Africana studies and cultural studies at New York University from 2001 to 2003. Hewitt has shown her works through many solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums such as The Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, NY), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Sikkema Jenkins & Co. (New York, NY), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), to name a few.
Agnieszka Kurant – is an interdisciplinary conceptual artist. Through her works she investigates collective intelligence, non-human intelligences (Artificial Intelligence, animal and microbial intelligence), and the exploitations inside surveillance capitalism. Kurant explores the metamorphosis between the human and the future of labor and creativity in relation to technology. Her works contain a contrasting dialogue of either being real or imaginary, “phantoms,” as she likes to call them, that exist as if real but are in fact without tangible substance and how these exchanges influence political and economic systems.
Born in Lodz, Poland, Kurant lives and works in New York City. The artist holds an MA in Creative Curating from Goldsmiths College, London, MA in Art History from University of Lodz and a BA in Photography from the Lodz Film School. Her work has been featured in important international exhibitions including Art and Space at Guggenheim Bilbao (2017), Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2014), Witte de With, Rotterdam (2011), Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2015), Performa Biennial, New York (2009, 2013), amongst others.
Olu Oguibe – is a visual artist, writer, scholar, and curator whose work straddles the line between minimalist formalism and social engagement. He exposes the concealed biases in the world of contemporary art. Oguibe is a cultural provocateur who examines the fluidity but also the heaviness of human migration and its effects in personal lives and societal norms while also exploring global societal issues.
Born in Aba, Nigeria, he received his BA from the University of Nigeria and earned his PhD in art history from the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London. His works have been widely exhibited in galleries and museums, as well as in biennials and triennials. He has also constructed various public art interventions in many countries: the most prominent being the Monument to Foreigners and Refugees (2017), a public sculpture erected in Kassel, Germany, which received the Arnold Bode Preis award at documenta 14. Oguibe has curated and co-curated several significant international exhibitions and his writings on art, literature, and cultural theory are widely published.
Jimmy Raskin – started off as a poet, but at 19 stopped writing poetry in order to devote himself entirely to exploring and manifesting the conditions under which what he calls ‘the Poem’ might remain an achievable direction in our current world. His works smoothly combine writing with sculptures and the production of props for lecture-performances. Collages appear alongside videos, cartoons, and diagrams of what he has determined to be the essential existential problems confronting the central figure of the ‘Poet Pure. Raskin’s medium basically is the modes of expressions themselves.
Raskin lives and works in New York. A graduate of CalArts, he has exhibited his work and staged “lecture-performances” in institutions, art galleries and other non-traditional gathering places, notably at the P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center(New York, NY), Centre Pompidou (Paris, France) Real Art Ways (Hartford, CT), The Swiss Institute (Paris, France), KW Institute for Contemporary Art (Berlin, Germany) to name a few. Raskin participated in Performa 13 as part of Performa After Hours (2013). Previously, his work was selected for the Art Statements sector of Art |42| Basel in 2011. Raskin’s publications include The Prologue, The Poltergeist & The Hollow Tree (Foundation 20 21, 2005), The Lisbon Lecture (Sequence Press, 2012), Corner Jump (Onestar Press, 2012), and The Final Eternal Return, published as part of his participation in the group exhibition Tribe-Specific at Felix Gaudlitz, Vienna (2019).
Martha Rosler – is a photographer and video, installation, and performance artist, as well as a writer and educator. Within feminist discussions she is a prominent critical voice and uses it satirically by appropriating elements of pop culture. Rosler has produced works on war and the national security climate and on the contrast between the domestic lives of women and war. Many of her works focus on themes of entitlement and dispossession.
Rosler received her BA from Brooklyn College, and went on to obtain an MFA from the University of California (San Diego, CA). She has taught at the Städelschule, a Contemporary Fine Arts Academy (Frankfurt, Germany), and at Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ), at the Mason Gross School of the Arts. She has also published over fifteen books of her works and essays which explore the role of photography and art, public space, transportation, as well as public housing and homelessness. Solo-exhibitions of her work have been coordinated at the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York), Institute of Contemporary Art (Boston, MA), Museum of Modern Art (Oxford, U.K.), The New Museum in collaboration with the International Center of Photography (New York, NY), Sprengel Hannover Museum (Hannover, Germany), Institute of Contemporary Arts (London, U.K.), University of Rennes (Rennes, France), and Portikus (Frankfurt, Germany).
Allen Ruppersberg – a conceptual artist who is a part of the first generation of American conceptual artists. He works in a variety of media including paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, installations, and books. Through his philosophical approach, Ruppersberg explores the intersection of art, literature, and life and of language as a means of expression. He draws inspiration from mass media and consumerism, and critically surveys the unavoidable relationship between colloquial objects and popular culture.
Ruppersberg graduated with a BFA from the Chouinard Art Institute in Los Angeles (now California Institute of the Arts). Through his production of important works such as Al’s Grand Hotel (1971) and The Novel that Writes Itself (1978), he is recognized as an influential specialist of installation art. Ruppersberg’s work can be found in permanent collections of international museums including The Museum of Modern Art (New York, NY), Whitney Museum of American Art (New York, NY), Los Angeles County Museum of Contemporary Art, Foundation de Appel (Amsterdam, Netherlands), and Museum für Moderne Kunst (Frankfurt, Germany) among many others.
Chrysanne Stathacos – is a multi-disciplinary artist of Greek, American, and Canadian descent. Originally trained as a print-maker, she often creates participatory public art projects by compiling printmaking, photography, video, and installation in assorted ways. Stathacos is influenced by feminism, Greek mythology, eastern siprituality, and Tibetan Buddihsm, all of which are extremely prevalent in her works. The intention of her craft is to make new connections between cultures, historical periods, technologies, and environmental issues, which reflect the mortal processes in regards to change, hope, healing, and mortality.
Stathacos has exhibited over 25 installations and art works in museums, galleries, and public venues in the U.S., Canada, Europe, and Asia, and has received awards from Art Matters, the Japan Foundation, the Canada Council, and the Adolph and Esther Gottlieb Foundation. Her work exhibited in public collections including the National Gallery of Canada, Albright-Knox Art Gallery museum (Buffalo, NY), the Art Gallery of Greater Victoria (Victoria, Canada), the Castellani Art Museum (Lewiston, NY), the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto, Canada), and the Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, among other public and private collections.
Carol Szymanski – a sculptor and multimedia artist with a special interest in language. Her works consist of non-traditional forms of translation, a type of transmutation; the analysis of linguistic signs by non-linguistic systems. Szymanski questions fundamental notions of how language reveals itself through speech, images, writing, music, and diagrammatic mappings of movements, conceptual ways of extending language into other spheres of experience.
Szymanski studied at the San Francisco Art Institute and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program and has been a recipient of numerous awards including the Rome Prize and a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship. Her recent solo and collaborative exhibitions include You Pair How, signs and symbols (New York, NY), He Said, I Thought, signs and symbols, (New YorK, NY), Pareidolia, Totah Gallery (New York, NY), The Phonemophonic Alphabet Brass Band, Winter Garden (New York, NY) curated by John Schaefer, to name a few. Since 2020, Szymanski has organized an ongoing project called the go-between, a participatory performance exploring the traditional art of matchmaking.