Dear ARLIS/NY Members,
Happy New Year! In lieu of our 2020 Holiday party, the ARLIS/NY Executive Board has invited the artist Kenseth Armstead to speak to the ARLIS/NY chapter about his work and how art libraries can support the work of artists.
Kenseth Armstead has created provocative conceptual art for three decades. His work has been included in pivotal explorations of history, American culture, ethnicity, and institution defining moments. Selected historic exhibitions which include his work are: Black Male: Representations of Masculinity in Contemporary Art at the Whitney Museum of American Art; It’s Happening! Celebrating 50 Years of Public Art in NYC Parks, Central Park, NY, NY, Presented by NYC Parks, Art in the Parks; Race in Digital Space at the MIT List Visual Arts Center; Veni Vidi Video at the Studio Museum in Harlem (their first video exhibition in 2003); Open House: Working in Brooklyn at the Brooklyn Museum; "Edited at EAI": Video Interference at Electronic Arts Intermix (celebrating 45 years of their award winning collection); Modern Heroics, 75 years of African American Expressionism at the Newark Museum.
Armstead’s first Sankofa_ public work, Boulevard of African Monarchs, presented by the Marcus Garvey Park Alliance and the NYC DOT ART, Community Commissions is currently installed in Harlem, New York City at 116th Street & Adam Clayton Blvd through 2021. Armstead tirelessly works to explore difficult terrain, bold new approaches to histories, complex identities and nuanced subjects with art. His work seeks to create beauty out of the connection to and honoring of the invisible and forgotten in American Culture.
At the beginning of the event, Samantha Deutch, Chair of ARLIS/NY, will introduce the new members of the Executive Board. Mr. Armstead will then give a presentation introducing us to his work with plenty of time left at the end for questions and discussion. This event will take place remotely over Zoom on Wednesday January 27, 2021 from 1:00-2:00 pm EST. Registered participants will receive a Zoom link the day of the event. For security purposes, please do not share this link with anyone. You may direct interested folks to the event registration page. Any questions can be sent to Giana Ricci, Vice-Chair of ARLIS/NY at firstname.lastname@example.org.