Body Memory: A Conversation on Flesh and Stone
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Real Art Ways and ART PAPERS partner to celebrate two events—- the closing day of the group exhibition, Statues Also Die, and the launch of the Fall/Winter 2020 journal, Monumental Interventions.
Artists Jeffrey Meris and Marisa Williamson will join ART PAPERS guest co-editor TK Smith, and RAW guest curator, Sarah Fritchey, in a conversation around artists who reject, subvert and revolutionize conventional traditions, concepts and materials of monument-making. Focusing on the sentient body as a receptacle for memory, a site of action, and the vessel through which we come to experience the world— the panelists will explore questions of absence, presence, memory, refusal, vulnerability, mutability, and agency. Drawing from Smith’s extensive research and writing on the history of monument-making, memorials, and the Black body, we will consider how artists are looking to ephemeral forms and new symbols to shape the future of monument making.
About the panelists:
TK Smith is a Philadelphia-based writer, art critic, and curator. Most recently, Smith co-edited Monumental Interventions, the Fall/ Winter 2020 issue of ART PAPERS that explores where the concerns of art intersect with those of monument and memorial. He is the curator of Virtual Remains, a group exhibition of Atlanta-based artists opening at the Atlanta Contemporary in 2021. He is currently a PhD candidate in the History of American Civilization program at the University of Delaware, where he researches art, material culture, and the built environment.
Sarah Fritchey is a curator and writer based in New Haven, CT. She has curated projects at UMass Amherst, Queens College, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, and Franklin Street Works. Sarah is a contributor to ArtForum.com, Hyperallergic, Art New England Magazine, and Big Red & Shiny. Her practice focuses on under-represented histories, and the cultivation of an exhibition space as a site for cultural exchange, debate, education and experimentation. Born and raised outside of Philadelphia, Sarah holds an M.A. in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College, and a B.A. in Comparative Literature and Studio Art from Hamilton College, NY.
Born in Haiti in 1991 and raised in the Bahamas, Jeffrey Meris is an artist who earned an A.A in Arts and Crafts from the University of The Bahamas, a B.F.A in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art, and an M.F.A in Visual Arts from Columbia University in 2019. Meris is currently a 2020 NXTHVN Studio Fellow.
Marisa Williamson is a project-based artist who works in video, image-making, installation and performance around themes of history, race, feminism, and technology. She has produced site-specific works at Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello (2013), Storm King Art Center (2016), the Metropolitan Museum of Art (2016), the University of Virginia (2018), and SPACES Cleveland (2019), and by commission from Monument Lab Philadelphia (2017), and the National Park Service (2019).