In this year’s installment of the much anticipated Artist-in-Residence exhibition, Mequitta Ahuja (b. 1976), Lauren D. Kelley (b. 1975) and Valerie Piraino (b. 1981) display diverse projects in a range of media, all visually addressing the construction of history and memory. Ahuja makes lush paintings in which mythological warriors and demigods move between landscape, self-portraiture and abstraction; Kelley crafts stop-motion animations and sculptural installations telling stories of material and emotional excess; Piraino repurposes family artifacts to create installations drawing attention to the frames that shape experience and memory.
- Album: The Studio Museum in Harlem
- Track: Usable Pasts Introduction 2:37
- 1. Usable Pasts Introduction, 2:37
- 2. Naomi Beckwith on curatorial process, 1:04
- 3. Naomi Beckwith on the theme of "usable pasts", 00:52
- 4. Mequitta Ahuja: Introduction, 2:32
- 5. Mequitta Ahuja on her process and AIR experience, 1:56
- 6. Lauren Kelley: Introduction, 2:06
- 7. Lauren Kelley on her new work and Harlem, 1:25
- 8. Lauren Kelley on her personal relationship to the work, 00:51
- 9. Lauren Kelley on her process, 2:20
- 10. Valerie Piraino: "Notes on Forming Words: Form and Words" , 1:55
The Artists-in-Residence program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; New York State Council for the Arts, a state agency; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; The Greenwall Foundation, Jerome Foundation; New York Community Trust and by endowments established by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Trust and Andrea Frank Foundation.