On view at FiveMyles from April 12, 2014 - May 4, 2014
Curated by MoCADA Curatorial Fellows Amanda Reid and Ali Rosa-Salas
Opening Reception: Saturday, April 12| 6-9PM
New satellite exhibition at FiveMyles curated by MoCADA Curatorial Fellows features four emerging women artists; opening April 12, 2014.
The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts (MoCADA) is pleased to present Re: purpose, a satellite group exhibition at FiveMyles featuring Pamela Council, Sara Jimenez, Sondra Perry and Patrice Renee Washington. Through sculpture, photography, digital media and performance, these four New York-based women artists transform common domestic and cosmetic objects to expand the possibilities of self-representation. Whether it is through the use of acrylic nails, salt or baking flour, each artist dynamically redefines an object’s form and function to reveal its hidden histories and how our identities inform our perception. This satellite exhibition and performance series is the first collaboration between FiveMyles and MoCADA.
Re: purpose is curated by Amanda Reid and Ali Rosa-Salas, MoCADA’s 2013-2014 Curatorial Fellows. The Curatorial Fellowship is a rigorous professional training program that immerses young curators of African descent in the visual arts world and supports the development of their curatorial practices.
Through work that is referential, critical and humorous, the artists negotiate their identities in relation to consumerism, popular culture, and the daily experience of inhabiting a gendered and racialized body. By choosing materials of personal significance, they claim a variety of cultural legacies and champion the legitimacy of subjective interpretation. Their work troubles aesthetic hierarchies and generates critical dialogue around the lived realities of women of color in the visual art world.
Pamela Council is interested in creating sculptural works that deconstruct human relationships with mass produced objects. Sondra Perry produces video installations and sculptures from foam rollers, track weaves, and pancakes to merge Minimalist aesthetics with her personal vernacular. Through an exploration of feminized crafts like knitting and baking, Patrice Renee Washington examines the construction of racial and gender identity in European pastoral paintings and African American popular culture. Sara Jimenez creates durational sculptures and drawings from salt crystals and rust residue. Her work expresses the intangibility of memory, ancestral lineage and her negotiation of her multiracial and transnational identities.
Throughout April and May, join us for events that expand Re: purpose beyond the walls, including performances by the featured artists, collaborative projects in partnership with Dancing While Black, and a talk with American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland.
FiveMyles is located at 558 St Johns Place in Brooklyn, New York.
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For more information, please contact the museum at 718.230.0492
Image: Reproductions of a Pastoral Myth by Patrice Renee Washington, Mixed Media, 2013.
Re: purpose is supported in part by public funds from The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with The City Council, and the New York State Council for the Arts, as well as private funds from Lambent Foundation, the Foundation for Contemporary Art, The Greenwich Collection and the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Support for MoCADA’s Curatorial Fellowship is generously provided by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.