The Studio Museum’s community of teaching artists reflects the Museum's commitment to engaging and supporting emerging contemporary artists whose work is inspired or influenced by black culture. Serving at the intersection of the institution and the public, Museum educators are creative, pedagogical hybrids who navigate the fascinating line between the roles of teacher and a practicing artist.
Autumn Knight’s love of performance began as a child involved in theatre, although she admits that she never loved reading plays. It wasn’t until she discovered artist Adrian Piper and the world of performance art that Knight thought, “Oh, yes, that’s my tribe!” Although Knight has not been in a play in years, her theatre training is evident in the whimsical nature and production of spectacle in her performance work.
Julia Phillips’s practice draws from personal space, memory, and subconscious desire, from which she creates tools that relate to the body. Each of her sculptures is an imagined tool, with a title describing the function of the object as well as its potential user.