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Curator Culture: Najja Moon & Jacolby Satterwhite
Sunday, May 2
5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
LIVE ON ZOOM
Join us for a virtual panel conversation with Najja Moon, a Miami-based artist, cultural practitioner and inaugural winner of The Bass’ New Monuments commission, alongside Jacolby Satterwhite who is celebrated for a conceptual practice addressing crucial themes of labor, consumption, carnality and fantasy through immersive installation, virtual reality and digital media.
Curator Culture is hosted by The Bass Public Programs Curator Tom Healy.
Over the past two years, the Curator Culture series at The Bass has brought together prominent artists and leading architects, scientists, journalists and influential leaders from many fields for public conversations about fostering creativity in a complicated world. The world has suddenly become much more complicated. We now ask questions such as – How do we respond to the profound economic and cultural disruptions that are unfolding during this global pandemic? What actions are being taken in the dismantling of systemic racism amid protests and outrage over police brutality?
Generous support for Curator Culture provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Additional support for this project provided by Art Bridges. If would like to support this series and future programming, please consider making a 100% tax-deductible donation to the museum.
Suggested Donation: $10
Najja Moon is a Miami-based artist and cultural practitioner, born and raised in North Carolina. Her practice is centered on the idea that art is utilitarian. An amalgamation of practicalities that improve her life; design and language, cultural responsibility and community, her visual arts practice uses drawing and text to explore the intersections of queer identity, the body and movement, black culture and familiar relations both personal and communal.
Her most recent exhibitions included: Time Sensitive, 2020, Spinello Projects (Miami); Dust Specks on the Sea, 2020, Little Haiti Cultural Center (Miami); Grounded, 2019, Spinello Projects (Miami); SPRTS Issue 9, 2019, Endless Editions, NYABF @MoMA PS1 (New York); How to Patch a Leaky Roof, 2019, Commissioned by O, Miami (Miami); 2 & a possible, 2019, Supplement Projects x Arts.Black (Miami); Project Art: Currents, 2019, Museum of Contemporary Art (North Miami); Paradise Summit Miami, 2018, Emerson Dorsch Gallery (Miami).
In 2015, She Co-Founded the BLCK family a Miami based creative collective responsible for the installation of mobile performance art shows centered around culinary, visual, performing and social arts. She Co-Founded the former queer social club for womxn, This Girls lunchbox (2017-2019), that centered art as a convening point.
Jacolby Satterwhite is celebrated for a conceptual practice addressing crucial themes of labor, consumption, carnality and fantasy through immersive installation, virtual reality and digital media. He uses a range of software to produce intricately detailed animations and live action film of real and imagined worlds populated by the avatars of artists and friends. These animations serve as the stage on which the artist synthesizes the multiple disciplines that encompass his practice, namely illustration, performance, painting, sculpture, photography and writing. Satterwhite draws from an extensive set of references, guided by queer theory, modernism and video game language to challenge conventions of Western art through a personal and political lens. An equally significant influence is that of his late mother, Patricia Satterwhite, whose ethereal vocals and diagrams for visionary household products and ethereal vocals serve as the source material within a decidedly complex structure of memory and mythology.
Jacolby Satterwhite was born in 1986 in Columbia, South Carolina. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, Baltimore and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Satterwhite’s work has been presented in numerous exhibitions both in the United States and in Europe, including most recently at Fabric Workshop & Museum, Philadelphia (2019); Pioneer Works, New York (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); the Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019); the Minneapolis Institute of Art (2019); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2018); New Museum, New York (2017); Public Art Fund, New York (2017); San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco (2017); and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2017). He was awarded the United States Artist Francie Bishop Good & David Horvitz Fellowship in 2016. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. In 2019, Satterwhite collaborated with Solange Knowles on her visual album, “When I Get Home.”
Tom Healy is an award-winning poet, curator and activist. He is the chair of O, Miami Poetry Festival and a trustee of PEN America, the organization of writers protecting freedom of expression around the world. Under President Barack Obama, Tom led the international Fulbright Scholars program. He is the Curator of Public Programs at The Bass.
Generous support for Curator Culture provided by The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Additional support for this project provided by Art Bridges.
ABOUT THE JOHN S. AND JAMES L. KNIGHT FOUNDATION
Knight Foundation is a national foundation with strong local roots. We invest in journalism, in the arts, and in the success of cities where brothers John S. and James L. Knight once published newspapers. Our goal is to foster informed and engaged communities, which we believe are essential for a healthy democracy.