In Conversation: Abigail DeVille, Thelma Golden, Jane Ursula Harris, Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Eileen Jeng Lynch

Artist Abigail DeVille; Thelma Golden, Director and Chief Curator, The Studio Museum in Harlem; Jane Ursula Harris, writer, curator, and art historian; and Brooke Kamin Rapaport, Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Chief Curator, Madison Square Park Conservancy will be in conversation about DeVille’s work, the history of the artist’s practice, and the contexts in which DeVille’s work has developed over the last decade. Moderated by Eileen Jeng Lynch, Director of Curatorial Programs at The Bronx Museum, this discussion is in conjunction with the catalogue launch of the artist’s survey Bronx Heavens, and a book signing will follow.

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In Conversation
Nov 19, 2022      2pm - 4pm
    • Thelma Golden. Photo credit: Julie Skarratt.
    • Brooke Kamin Rapaport. Photo credit: Ellen Dubin.
    • Jane Ursula Harris. Photo credit: Grace Roselli.
    • Eileen Jeng Lynch. Photo credit: Kevin Li.
    • Portrait of Abigail DeVille, 2021. Image credit: John Edmonds.

    Abigail DeVille

    Abigail DeVille recently opened her first museum survey Bronx Heavens at The Bronx Museum. DeVille’s solo exhibition Light of Freedom organized by Madison Square Park Conservancy traveled to the Momentary at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville and the Hirshhorn Museum Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC (2020-22). Other commissions and solo museum shows include The American Future, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; Lift Every Voice and Sing (amerikanskie gorki), ICA Miami; Empire State Works in Progress, the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; No Space Hidden (Shelter), ICA LA; and Only When It’s Dark Enough Can You See The Stars, The Contemporary, Baltimore. Recent group shows have been held at the Swiss Institute, Pioneer Works, Wave Hill, Socrates Sculpture Park, 601Artspace, El Museo del Barrio, CAMH, The Bronx Museum, The 55th Venice Biennale, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, where DeVille was a 2013-14 Artist in Residence.

    Thelma Golden

    Thelma Golden is Director and Chief Curator of The Studio Museum in Harlem, where she began her career in 1987 before joining the Whitney Museum of American Art in 1988. She returned to the Studio Museum in 2000 as Deputy Director for Exhibitions and Programs, and was named Director and Chief Curator in 2005. Golden was appointed to the Committee for the Preservation of the White House by President Obama in 2010, and in 2015 joined the Barack Obama Foundation’s Board of Directors. Golden was the recipient of the 2016 Audrey Irmas Award for Curatorial Excellence. In 2018, Golden was awarded a J. Paul Getty Medal. She has received honorary degrees from Columbia University (2018), the City College of New York (2009), and Smith College (2004).

    Brooke Kamin Rapaport

    Brooke Kamin Rapaport is Deputy Director and Martin Friedman Chief Curator at Madison Square Park Conservancy in New York, where she is responsible for the outdoor public sculpture program of commissioned work by contemporary artists. She was commissioner and curator of the United States Pavilion at the 58th Venice Biennale with the exhibition Martin Puryear: Liberty/Libertà (2019). She is founder of Public Art Consortium, a national initiative of museum, public art, and sculpture park curators launched in 2017. She was a long-term curator at the Brooklyn Museum where she organized major exhibitions and wrote corresponding catalogs and has been a guest curator at the Jewish Museum in New York.

    Jane Ursula Harris

    Jane Ursula Harris is a writer, art historian, and curator. Harris has contributed to Artforum, Art in America, The Believer, Bookforum, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, Cultured Magazine, the College Art Association’s Art Journal, Duke University Press’ Cultural Politics, Flash Art, Frieze, GARAGE, The Paris Review, Surface Magazine, and Time Out New York, among other publications. Her essays have appeared in recent catalogues and monographs on Jacolby Satterwhite, Werner Buttner, and M. Lamar, to name a few. As a freelance curator, she has organized exhibitions and film programs at Pioneer Works, White Columns, 601Artspace, F.I.T., Nitehawk Cinema, and Visual AIDS, among others. Harris is a faculty member at the School of Visual Arts in the Art History Department, where she specializes in modern and contemporary art.

    Eileen Jeng Lynch

    Eileen Jeng Lynch is The Bronx Museum’s Director of Curatorial Programs, who stewards the museum’s curatorial initiatives and exhibition schedule with an eye towards expanding its presence in The Bronx and beyond. Abigail DeVille: Bronx Heavens is Jeng Lynch’s inaugural exhibition. Previously, Jeng Lynch was the Senior Curator of Visual Arts at Wave Hill, also in The Bronx, where she organized exhibitions, in addition to commissioning artists for site-specific projects as well as managing the residency and emerging artists programs. Prior, she held positions at RxArt, Sperone Westwater, and The Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Contemporary Art. She has served as a guest curator at nonprofit organizations and galleries. As the founder of Neumeraki, Jeng Lynch launched national and international community-based curatorial initiatives.

    This conversation is in conjunction with the catalogue launch of DeVille’s survey Bronx Heavens, and a book signing will follow. The 52-page catalogue features full color illustrations and essays by Jeng Lynch and Jadele McPherson, artist-scholar.

    In Conversation: Abigail DeVille, Thelma Golden, Jane Ursula Harris, Brooke Kamin Rapaport

    November 19, 2022

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