Tenses presents recent works by 2015–16 artists in residence: painter Jordan Casteel (b. 1989), and multimedia artists EJ Hill (b. 1985) and Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. 1981). The exhibition's title suggests the range of shifting possibilities in the artists’ practices.
The six large-scale paintings by Casteel—an extension of the investigations she has been pursuing for several years into the complexity of black male identity—use vibrant, textured colors to capture the spirit of the vendors who operate every day on the sidewalks of West 125th Street. EJ Hill’s installation A Monumental Offering of Potential Energy uses a platform stage and a scaled-down wooden roller-coaster track as its central elements, suggesting the highs and lows of life. Hill’s work will be activated by the presence of the artist’s body, which is intended to rest there, inertly, as a meditation on the space of queer black bodies. Jibade-Khalil Huffman’s installation will be a complex layering of photo-based inkjet prints and screenprints, video and sculpture, challenging the viewer’s normal understanding of visual perception while creating strategic overlaps between the digital and the analog.
Tenses: Artists in Residence 2015–16 is organized by Amanda Hunt, Assistant Curator.
The Artist-in-Residence program is at the core of the mission of The Studio Museum in Harlem and gives the institution its name. Since the Museum’s founding in 1968, more than one hundred artists in residence have created and shown work in the studios and galleries.
The Artist-in-Residence program at The Studio Museum in Harlem is made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Arts, The Robert Lehman Foundation, Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Jerome Foundation, and by endowments established by the Jacob and Gwendolyn Lawrence Trust and Andrea Frank Foundation.