Image: Simone Leigh, A particularly elaborate imba yokubikira, or kitchen house, stands locked up while its owners live in diaspora (installation view), 2016. Presented by The Studio Museum of Harlem in Marcus Garvey Park, New York, NY, August 25, 2016–July 25, 2017. © Simone Leigh; Courtesy of the artist and Luhring Augustine, New York.
Years of Seeing Red: Simone Leigh and Andrianna Campbell in Conversation
Co-Presented with Denniston Hill
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
ICI Curatorial Hub
401 Broadway, Suite 1620
FREE and open to the public
Sometimes I think Simone Leigh and I always have been in conversation. Several years ago, I contacted her when I was a Contributing Editor for Collaboration and Its Discontents, a book about artist collaborations published by The Courtauld Institute of Art. I decided to interview Leigh and Liz Magic Laser about their 2011 film Breakdown. Because the discussion had been so fluid and we wanted to continue roaming over ideas so key to our lives and to our parallel practices, Leigh then asked me to interview her for the Herb Alpert Award for Visual Art. It was 2016 and Leigh had had a stunning year. She received the Herb Alpert directly on the heels of the prestigious John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. She could have asked anyone to interview her, but she contacted me. Leigh and I share so much, a strong Jamaican heritage, a love of Maine, a deep knowledge of Zora Neale Hurston and yet Years of Seeing Red will be our first one-on-one talk. Early last year, I curated the critically acclaimed exhibition Vanishing Points exploring the visibility and invisibility of identity in our proto-digital and digital ages. Included was a wall-size artist manifesto by Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, a collective founded by Leigh. A panel discussion with a few members of the group highlighted not only Leigh’s founding role, but also how she has acted as a mentor for now hundreds of black women artists. This discussion will focus on Leigh’s practice, on her formal and material interrogations as well as the pivotal role of black women in the face of much needed social justice.
–Andrianna Campbell on her working relationship with artist Simone Leigh. For this program, organized in collaboration with Denniston Hill, Campbell and Leigh will speak in-depth about Leigh’s artistic practice.
This program is part of a collaboration between ICI and Denniston Hill‘s Artist Residency program. Andrianna Campbell was in residence in 2017 at Denniston Hill, located in the southern Catskills.
This program is supported, in part, by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.