I'm pleased to announce the opening of my solo exhibition, Against A Sharp White Background, at Northeastern University's Gallery 360 in Boston, MA. This interdisciplinary exhibition utilizes performance, video, assemblage, collage, and social engagement to interrogate the exclusionary narratives found within western (art) history while reimagining institutional spaces. The exhibition runs from January 29 through April 5, 2020, and the opening reception takes place on Thursday, January 30, from 5pm-7pm. I hope to see those who live in the New England area there!
In addition, I have four upcoming group exhibitions within the month, including at Ortega y Gasset Projects (Brooklyn, NY), Penn State's HUB-Robeson Gallery (University Park, PA), Brentwood Arts Exchange (Brentwood, MD), and Urban Institute for Contemporary Art (Grand Rapids, Michigan). All of the exhibition information is listed below.
I am also currently serving as an artist in residence at Triangle Arts Association in the DUMBO neighborhood of Brooklyn, NY. The residency provides free studio space, as well as studio visits with curators and arts organizations. Please save the date for our Triangle Arts Associations open studios on Thursday, February 6, from 6pm-8pm. I'd love to see you there!
Upcoming Solo Exhibition:
Northeastern University's Gallery 360
Curated by Amy Halliday
January 29 - April 5, 2020
Opening Reception: January 30, 5:00-7:00pm
Upcoming Group Exhibitions:
Brentwood Arts Exchange
Curated by Dierdre Darden
January 13 - February 29, 2020
Opening Reception: January 18, 5:00-8:00pm
Penn State's HUB-Robeson Galleries
University Park, PA
Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah, Kiara Ventura, and Dexter Wimberly
January 21 - March 22, 2020
Opening Reception: January 21, 4:00-6:00pm
Ortega y Gasset Projects
Curated by Zahar Vaks
January 25 - February 23, 2020
Opening Reception: January 25, 6:00-9:00pm
Urban Institute for Contemporary Art
Grand Rapids, MI
Curated by Juana Williams
February 21 - June 14, 2020
Opening Reception: February 21, 5:30pm-9:00pm
Upcoming Open Studios:
Triangle Arts Association
Brooklyn, New York
February 6, 6:00-8:00pm
If you are in New York City, I will be presenting on a panel at the Black Portraitures Conference at New York University in October, and will have work in a group exhibition at Smack Mellon in November. Hope to see you there.
Here are some other additional highlights this summer:
Pictured above is a detail view of: Headdress 1, Helina Metaferia, collaged paper, 2019.
Current Artist Residencies:
December 11, 2018 through January 14, 2019
Michigan State University
Visiting Professor/Artist in Residence of Critical Race Theory
East Lansing, MI
2018-2019 academic year
"Multiplicities: Continuous Unknowing"
Assembly Room Gallery
Curated by Natasha Becker
New York, NY
October 19 - November 25, 2018
"Time Is Love"
Mulhouse Art Contemporain
Curated by Kisito Assangni
November 21, 2018
** Part of an internatinoal traveling exhibition which includes venues in Italy, Morocco, United Kingdom, Malta, Germany
"The Dark Horse"
Prizm Art Fair
Curated by Mikhaile Solomon
December 4 - December 9, 2018
The Washington Post
My solo exhibition at Hamiltonian Gallery opens Saturday, August 11, 2018. Information for the show is as follows:
"Refiguring the Canon"
New work by Helina Metaferia
August 11 - September 15, 2018
1353 U Street, NW
Opening Reception: August 11, 7pm-9pm
Artist Talk: August 28, 7pm
About the Exhiibtion:
In "Refiguring the Canon," artist Helina Metaferia creates a hybrid environment where performance art and collage are used to interrogate racism, sexism, and notions of western exceptionalism within art historical narratives and institutional spaces. Metaferia displays documentation from performances at the National Gallery of Art and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, in which she asserts her body using simple gestures in contrast to historic artworks, challenging their conceptual meaning. In other works, Metaferia uses found magazines, including Art News, Art Forum, and Art in America, published in the 1980's (the decade of her birth). Combining the images of artwork featured in the magazines with photographic stills from her recent performances, Metaferia creates an avatar persona who reclaims a space in art history for under-recognized and marginalized women and artists of color. Playing with the 1980's trending re-interest in "primitivism," Metaferia uses her Ethiopian-American female body as a way to reclaim that gaze and decolonize the appropriation of black culture. Revisiting Hannah Höch's "From An Ethnographic Museum" series from a black woman's perspective, and addressing the Guerrilla Girls' timeless questioning of "greatness" in art history, Metaferia examines how these dated issues remain relevant today.
Artist Paolo Morales will also be opening his exhibtion, "Memphis Tulips" simultaneously at the gallery.
Above Image Caption: "Mythological Quest 1," Helina Metaferia, 2018, 22" x 28, magazine paper, digital print, colored pencils on paper
I am looking forward to presenting at the Black Portraiture[s] III Conference in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 19, 2016 at 10:30am. I am chairing and presenting on the panel "Performing the Continent: Re-Imagining African Identities through Multidisciplinary Art Practices," along with Rashayla Marie Brown, Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, and Tiffany Smith, and moderated by Nikki A. Greene. The conference is put together by New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Harvard University's Hutchins Center for African & African American Research, and Goodman Gallery. You can find more details about Black Portraiture[s] III here. Hope to see you at the conference.
The Museum of African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco, CA just announced my solo exhibition at the museum as a winner of the Emerging Artist Program. The exhibition will take place January 25, 2017 to April 2, 2017 and will consist of installation, performance, and video. Here is the announcement on MoAD's website. Hope to see you at the opening!
I will be renewing my full time AICAD Post-MFA Teaching Fellowship for another academic year at San Francisco Art Institute, where I will continue teaching in the New Genres and Graduate departments. The fellowship includes full time teaching experience, an art studio, a professional development grant, monetary support and benefits, plus participation in the annual fellows conference. Here is the announcement about the fellowship in Art & Education.
I recently was fortunate to have traveled with School of the Museum of Fine Arts professor Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons to Cuba for the 12th Havana Biennial for a performance in Casablanca. A few MFA graduate students from her installation class helped design and participate in a public performance that involved engaging Cuban citizens in a park with questions about current U.S. and Cuban relations. The performance, titled "Conversando," was mentioned by Holland Cotter in the New York Times in an article discussing this year's biennial. Here is a link to the article: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/07/05/arts/design/havanas-vital-biennial-was-trumped-by-a-stifled-voice.html?_r=0
I am happy to be selected as an AICAD Post-Graduate Teaching Fellow for the San Francisco Art Institute for the 2015-2016 academic year. The fellowship includes full-time teaching experience, a professional development grant, monetary support and other fun perks. Art & Education (a joint venture between e-flux and Art Forum) just announced the nine fellows who will be placed at seven art institutions. Read here for more: http://www.artandeducation.net/announcement/announcing-fellows-for-post-graduate-teaching-fellowship/
I was honored to be selected as the 2015 School of the Museum of Fine Arts Graduate Student Commencement Speaker. Here is a video recording of my commencement speech below. The speech transcript has also been published on the SMFA website: http://www.smfa.edu/files/Helina-Metaferia-MFA-Student-Speaker.pdf
I am happy to be featured in the Boston Globe today in an article on top MFA candidates in Boston, written by art critic Cate McQuaid. It was a good overview to my work and my upcoming thesis exhibition/performance on May 14 at the Boston Center for the Art's Cyclorama.
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