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Artists in Residence 2020-2021 Roundtable

L to R: Widline Cadet. Photo: Bradley Ogbonna; Texas Isaiah. Photo: Texas Isaiah; Genesis Jerez. Photo: Bradley Ogbonna; Jacolby Satterwhite. Photo: Bradley Ogbonna

Nov 17, 2021



Join us for an online discussion with 2020–21 Studio Museum artists in residence Widline Cadet, Texas Isaiah, Genesis Jerez, and Jacolby Satterwhite, moderated by Legacy Russell, former Studio Museum Associate Curator, Exhibitions (now Executive Director and Chief Curator, The Kitchen), and Yelena Keller, Curatorial Assistant, Exhibitions. In celebration of the opening of (Never) As I Was: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2020–21, hear the artists speak about the work they created over the course of the residency program. 

In (Never) As I Was, each artist takes on the challenge of recharting the territories of domestic, social, and studio space to offer tender and lyrical explorations of family histories, spirituality, and memoir. Widline Cadet’s photo and video works examine intergenerational memory, selfhood, and erasure within the diasporic experience. Texas Isaiah creates a space for mourning, celebration, prayer, and remembrance, asserting the significance of imagination in the abolition of gender while exploring the healing capacity of rest as a place of connection. Genesis Jerez’s collaged paintings layer family photographs, oil paint, and charcoal to create works that interrogate her own personal histories and reckon with questions of diasporic fracture. Jacolby Satterwhite’s refocus on painting during the residency marked a shift inward: across these paintings, he engages fantasy as a mechanism for healing and a veil for trauma, flaying open a psychic space for transcendent possibility.

(Never) As I Was will be on view at MoMA PS1 beginning November 18th as part of a multiyear partnership between the two institutions while the Studio Museum constructs its new home on West 125th Street. 

Live CART captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. 

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Artist-in-Residence program is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts; Joy of Giving Something; New York State Council on the Arts; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and by endowments established by the Andrea Frank Foundation; the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Trust; and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.

Digital programming is made possible thanks to support provided by the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation’s Frankenthaler Digital Initiative.

Additional support is generously provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs.

Support for (Never) As I Was at MoMA PS1 is generously provided by the Tom Slaughter Exhibition Fund and the MoMA PS1 Trustee Annual Fund.

(Never) As I Was:
Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2020–21

(Never) As I Was marks the third year of the multiyear partnership between The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1, and features new work by the 2020–21 Artist-in