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Small Talk with Xaviera Simmons

Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
6:00 pm
- 6:45 pm

Hosted on Zoom

Meet artist Xaviera Simmons for the launch of Small Talk, an informal conversation happening on Zoom facilitated by Executive Director and Chief Curator Silvia Karman Cubiñá. Simmons’ work Sequence (2019) was recently acquired and is now on view in The Willfulness of Objects. 

XAVIERA SIMMONS ( b. 1974, United States)

Xaviera Simmons’ sweeping body of work includes photography, performance, choreography, video, sound, sculpture, and installation. Simmons received her BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending two years on a walking pilgrimage retracing the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade with Buddhist Monks. She completed the Whitney Museum’s Independent Study Program in Studio Art (2005) while simultaneously completing a two-year actor-training conservatory with The Maggie Flanigan Studio, NY. Simmons’ works are in major museum and private collections including The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Deutsche Bank, New York; UBS, New York; The Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Agnes Gund Art Collection, New York; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Studio Museum in Harlem; ICA Miami; Perez Art Museum Miami; The Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro; The Nasher Museum of Art, Durham; The High Museum, Atlanta; among many others.  She was a visiting lecturer and the Solomon Fellow at Harvard University (2020) and has been awarded The Charles Flint Kellogg Award in Arts and Letters from Bard College this summer. This fall and winter 2021 Simmons will have works on view at Socrates Sculpture Park, NY, Times Square NY, Columbia University and The Moody Gallery at Rice University among many other exhibitions.


Sequence, 2019
Acrylic on canvas
6 x 15 ft. (6 x 5 ft. each panel)
Collection of The Bass
Purchased through the John and Johanna Bass Acquisition Fund.

The interdisciplinary practice of Xaviera Simmons is fundamentally concerned with how identity comes into being, a question she explores through an ongoing investigation of experience defined by memory, abstraction and present and future histories as cyclical rather than linear. Her diverse and performative practice, which spans photography, sculpture and installation, interrogates social relations by addressing the notion of cultural diaspora and the historical legacy of trauma caused by colonialism and migration. Her large-scale, text-based work is heavily based on politics and history, using words she has collected over time from films, texts and conversations. With Sequence, Simmons borrows language tied to her artistic production and creative process. The central text references modes of transition between mediums, from painting to research to sculpture and back to painting. Sequence is currently on view in the exhibition, The Willfulness of Objects.


Small Talk is our latest virtual series and, just like it sounds, we’re going informal. Join us on Zoom as we introduce and get to know the voices, faces and minds behind works currently on view and in the museum’s collection.

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Wednesday, Oct 21, 2020
6:00 pm - 6:45 pm
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