Announcing the Taneya Gethers Muhammad Memorial Scholarship!! Taneya was a writer, educator, librarian, community builder, proud graduate of Spelman College, and one of my closest friends. She rigorously studied the history of radicalism at Spelman, wrote about the importance of renewing our commitment to cultural activism, and created library programs to educate the community about our undertold stories.
I’m honored to have partnered with the college and Dr. Ruha Benjamin to develop this fund in her name, supporting young scholar activists. We hope that in providing funding for Spelman students who share Taneya’s commitment to making a radical impact on campus and in the community, we will continue her fierce devotion to her family, both blood and spirit.
Click here to learn more and to donate to the scholarship fund.
Shani is proud to be the voice of this campaign, produced by TIME’S UP Now. “The women running for office this cycle needed a squad of impassioned, dedicated activists to speak up and speak out. And you showed up — every single day. Thank you for your relentless fight — but we can’t let up now. #WeHaveHerBack is for more than the leaders of today—it’s for those still to come. Stay involved by texting HER BACK to 306-44 and continue to call out sexist and racist political attacks and news coverage when you see it. Because when it comes to women leaders — today, tomorrow, and always: We. Have. Her. Back.”
Join Shani Jamila for an artist talk sponsored by the African Diasporic Art Museum of Atlanta on Sunday May 10th. She will be in conversation with artists Shanequa Gay, Andrea Chung, and Ebony G. Patterson. The panel will be moderated by the Curator of Education at the Spelman College Museum of Fine Art, Makeba Dixon Hill. The ADAMA Arts Salon series features conversations with contemporary artists, curators, scholars and more from across the African Diaspora.
Shani’s collage work is featured in the latest issue of The Iowa Review, Winter 2019/20. The “Americana Fantastica” portfolio is devoted to contemporary expressions of the surreal and the fantastical; it takes some of its inspiration from a 1943 issue of the avant-garde magazine View.
Shani has been appointed a 2020 Artist Fellow at The National Arts Club, a private club in Manhattan’s Gramercy Park. The National Arts Club was founded in 1898 by author and poet Charles De Kay, the literary and art critic for The New York Times, to stimulate, foster, and promote public interest in the arts and to educate the American people in the fine arts.
The NAC Artist Fellowship program continues the Club’s 121-year history of supporting the arts and artists by recognizing and supporting a select number of leading artists from a range of disciplines, with the goal of furthering their careers.
Artist to Artist, Neighbor to Neighbor. Conversations About Home, Hosted by Shani Jamila.
Introducing Lineage! This new podcast + portrait project features intimate, in-depth interviews about the idea of home with some of New York City’s most imaginative thinkers– including MacArthur geniuses, Pulitzer Prize winners and Bessie Award recipients. And now there’s an opportunity for YOU to become an inaugural supporter of this work.
Shani has been named a 2019 Aspen Ideas Festival Scholar! The Aspen Scholars are a group of global leaders who are selected for their work, accomplishments, and ability to transform ideas into action.
Presented by the Aspen Institute in partnership with The Atlantic magazine, the Aspen Ideas Festival is the nation’s premier, public gathering place for leaders from around the globe and across many disciplines to present and discuss the ideas and issues that both shape our lives and challenge our times.
From Aspen Lectures to debates to one-on-one interviews and more, days are filled from early morning to late evening. Attendees have exceptional opportunities to interact with public officials, artists, scientists, authors, business executives, scholars, economists, foreign policy specialists, entrepreneurs, and leaders of all kinds — on footpaths and sidewalks, over lunch on the lawn or coffee at the espresso bar, in auditoriums and in small seminar rooms. The intimacy of Festival gatherings renders the experience unique and unforgettable.
“Since opening in 1999, MASS MoCA has become one of the world’s premier centers for making and showing the best art of our time. With annual attendance of 120,000, it ranks among the most visited institutions in the United States dedicated to new art. More than 80 major new works of art and more than 50 performances have been created through fabrication and rehearsal residencies in North Adams, making MASS MoCA perhaps the most fertile site in the country for new art. The museum thrives on making and presenting work that is fresh, surprising, and challenging.
Hosted by MASS MoCA’s Assets for Artists program, selected artists receive private studio space on MASS MoCA’s campus, newly renovated housing, free access to the museum’s galleries throughout the residency, optional financial and business coaching from Assets for Artists staff, and a daily group meal.”
Artist Shani Jamila’s collages, paintings and soundscapes explore family, lineage and identity.
The collages utilize her archive of photo essays created over the course of her travels to nearly fifty countries as source material. They interrogate how the idea of home is constructed and the surrealist nature of our political reality. As Jamila encounters people and places through her camera lens, moments of recognition or solidarity emerge which are reorganized and re-purposed through collage, simultaneously revealing and obscuring identity and familiarity.
Her paintings began as a creative mapping of her personal family records. If she wanted to delve even deeper into her family’s history, she may want to consider going throw the vast online archive of newspapers, obituaries, and genealogy records – others wanting to do the same can look at this to get a start learning about their ancestry. Jamila is in the seventh generation on both sides of her lineage. The content of the work, and its color palette, are drawn from enormous genealogical charts produced by her grandmother.
While the materials vary, there is a constant refrain in Jamila’s work of who she is, where she comes from and how she interacts with the world, whether via the camera, the photograph’s transformation to collage or the meditative repetition of pressing her fingertips to paint and canvas. With Seven, she invites us into an immersive installation to experience how the work is woven together.
“At Ace, we agree with Richard Avedon when he says, “Anything is an art if you do it at the level of an art.” Sculpture, mineral, sound and thought – some people wink and call it art. Each Sunday night our Artists in Residence program invites members of the community to spend one night with us, enjoying a modest tab and access to a cart of supplies. On Monday mornings, we find out what they’ve made.
This February, artist Shani Jamila will spend her Sundays at Ace Hotel. Her travels to nearly fifty countries deeply inform her collage, photography and painting practice. She has exhibited and performed at the Manifesta European Biennial of Contemporary Art, Harvard University’s Cooper Gallery, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Smack Mellon, SCOPE Art Fair, Brooklyn Museum, Corridor Gallery, City College, New Museum and Princeton. The community conversations she’s hosted at institutions including the Aperture Foundation, Lincoln Center, Schomburg Center and New York Live Arts are known for engaging discussions about the arts and society. This was also the subject of her TED Talk, “Reimagining Resistance Through Art,” which she delivered during a residency at the organization’s headquarters. A Fulbright scholar once named “One of the 35 Most Remarkable Women in the World” by ESSENCE Magazine, her image and quote are featured in “A Choice to Change the World,” a permanent exhibition at her alma mater Spelman College.
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This Saturday (2/2, 6pm), Shani is doing a live artist talk to mark the closing of the iconic Soul of A Nation exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum. This is also the beginning of her newest project. Details below!
“Celebrate the launch of artist Shani Jamila’s new podcast Lineage with photographers Ming Smith and Russell Fredrick of the Kamoinge Collective, a group founded during the Black Power movement which is still active today. 330 free tickets in Auditorium line at Admissions at 5 pm.
The full schedule of activities is available on the Brooklyn Museum website. Lines often form one hour before ticket distribution at the Admissions Desk. Members can pick up tickets from Member Services while supplies last.” Would love to see you there!
Shani Jamila is a conceptual artist & cultural worker whose work explores ancestry, identity and the importance of place. She utilizes her family’s genealogical records as a primary source and her travels to nearly fifty countries deeply inform her practice. Her work has been presented at the Manifesta European Contemporary Art Biennial, Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Centro Provincial de Artes Plásticas y Diseño, Corridor Gallery and Harvard’s Cooper Gallery.
Shani is the founder and host of the Lineage podcast + portrait project— a series of intimate, in-depth interviews with contemporary artists. She also hosts live talks with artists, writers and scholars at organizations like the Brooklyn Museum, Aperture Foundation, Lincoln Center, Schomburg Center and New York Live Arts. Her portrait and quote are featured in “A Choice to Change the World,” a permanent installation of socially engaged artists and advocates at her alma mater Spelman College. Jamila’s work has been supported by the National Arts Club, TED, the Aspen Institute, MASS MoCA, and the J. William Fulbright Foundation.