Deborah Roberts in Conversation with Ekow Eshun and Phillip Townsend: Moderated by Jakia Fuller
Exhibiting artist, Deborah Roberts, writer and curator, Ekow Eshun, and Curator of Art at Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) at The University of Texas at Austin, Phillip Townsend, discuss Roberts’ exhibition, Come walk in my shoes with moderator Jakia Fuller.2023-08-12 14:00:00 2023-08-12 4:00:00 America/Denver Deborah Roberts in Conversation with Ekow Eshun and Phillip Townsend Another amazing event at SITE Santa Fe Marlene Nathan Meyerson Auditorium SITE Santa Fe firstname.lastname@example.org
About the Presenters
Deborah Roberts (American, born 1962 in Austin, Texas) is a mixed media artist whose figurative works depict the complexity of Black subjecthood and explores themes of race, identity, and gender politics. Her work has been exhibited internationally across the US and Europe. Roberts’s work is in the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Brooklyn Museum, New York; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. Roberts was named 2023 Texas Medal of Arts Award Honoree for the Visual Arts. Roberts was selected to participate in the Robert Rauschenberg Residency (2019) and is a recipient of the Anonymous Was A Woman Grant (2018), the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (2016), and the Ginsburg-Klaus Award Fellowship (2014). She received her MFA from Syracuse University, New York. She lives and works in Austin, Texas. Roberts is represented by Stephen Friedman Gallery, London, and Vielmetter Los Angeles.
As a founding member of the Austin-based curatorial collective, Neon Queen Collective, Phillip co-curated Notes on Sugar: The Work of María Magdalena Campos–Pons (2018) at the Christian Green Gallery and Like the Lonely Traveler: Video Works by María Magdalena Campos–Pons (2018) at the Visual Arts Center. Phillip also co-curated Charles White: Celebrating the Gordon Gift (2019), an exhibition presented by the Blanton Museum in partnership with African and African Diaspora Studies (AADS) and the Art Galleries at Black Studies (AGBS) at The University of Texas at Austin. He contributed several essays for the exhibition catalog Charles White: Celebrating the Gordon Gift (UT Press) and the forthcoming catalog María Magdalena Campos-Pons: Behold (Getty Publications). At AGBS, he recently curated Wura-Natasha Ogunji: earth, body, spirit and Melvin Edwards: WIRE(D) + CHAIN(ED), a major exhibition of work by Melvin Edwards, a Houston native and pioneer in the history of African American art and sculpture.
Born and raised in Detroit, MI, Jakia Fuller is a multidisciplinary visual artist and arts administrator based in Albuquerque, NM. Creating artworks and immersive spaces that bring a smile to people’s faces, Jakia explores intrapersonal and interpersonal relationships, expressions of self, environmental awareness, and evolving narratives of the Black diaspora.
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