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Thursday, April 17, 6:30 pm

at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art
Camille Olivia Hanks Cosby Academic Center

GPS Address: 440 Westview Drive, SW Atlanta, GA 30310
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Co-presented by Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art. This event is free, wheelchair accessible, and open to the public.

Xaviera Simmons joins us in Atlanta as both a featured speaker for ART PAPERS LIVE and a juror for the 2014 Artadia Awards Atlanta. Simmons will discuss her artistic practice and body of work, which spans photography, performance, video, sound, sculpture and installation. She defines her studio practice, which is rooted in an ongoing investigation of experience, memory, abstraction, present and future histories—specifically shifting notions surrounding landscape—as cyclical rather than linear. In other words, Simmons is committed equally to the examination of different artistic modes and processes; for example, she may dedicate part of a year to photography, another part to performance, and other parts to installation, video, and sound works—keeping her practice in constant and consistent rotation, shift, and engagement.

Simmons' received a BFA from Bard College (2004) after spending 2 years of 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. Xaviera has exhibited nationally and internationally where major exhibitions and performances include: The Museum of Modern Art; MoMA PS1; Nouveau Musée National de Monaco; The Studio Museum in Harlem; the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; the Public Art Fund; and The Sculpture Center among many others. Simmons is a recipient of numerous awards including the David C. Driskell Prize from the High Museum of Art, Atlanta; the Jerome Foundation Travel Fellowship; an Art Matters Fellowship; and a SmARTPower Fellowship. Simmons was a 2012-2013 Artist in Residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem and a visiting lecturer and critic in the graduate department of sculpture at Yale University. In 2014 Simmons will exhibit in national and international group and solo exhibitions.

+ Embodying the Archive: Xaviera Simmons on Archive as Impetus (Not on View) at MoMA
+ Radical Presence: Black Contemporary Art at the Studio Museum of Harlem
+ Xaviera Simmons: All Over the Place, Interview magazine

image: Xaviera Simmons, Archive As Impetus (Not On View), 2013, The Museum of Modern Art, NYC, site-specific long form performance (courtesy of the artist)

Co-presented by Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue and the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art.


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