School of the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, artist talk 1/23

I will be giving an artist talk at SMFA Boston tomorrow at 12:30pm. Information here.

SHOOT zine complete series.

SHOOT zine complete series


The SHOOT zine series is now available in an on demand compilation I put together, featuring to-scale reproductions in black and white and color. 138 pages, soft-cover, 8.5 x 11 inches.

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Lightning Speed of the Present


The group exhibition Lightning Speed of the Present explores the ephemeral transformation of experience into histories, memories and narratives. The exhibition considers the transient nature of experience—individual and collective—and the multiple ways our various experiences are recorded, translated, interpreted, described, transcribed, fragmented and ultimately visualized through form and material. Featured artists include Ben Berlow, Dineo Seshee Bopape, Georgina Lewis, Danica Phelps, Jacolby Satterwhite, Sandrine Schaefer, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Rachel Perry Welty, and August Ventimiglia.
image: Paul Mpagi Sepuya, excerpts from Studio Wall, April 12, 2011. Courtesy of the artist.

808 Gallery at Boston University
808 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, MA 02215
For more information, please call 617-353-3371.

LA Art Book Fair 2014


Printed Matter’s LA ART BOOK FAIR 2014
January 31- February 2, 2014
Opening: Thursday, January 30, 2014, 6–9 pm
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA
Room F

Still lifes for GARMENTO

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Nat Ward for Whitewall Magazine.

Nat Ward for Whitewall Magazine Nat Ward for Whitewall Magazine

Casey Legler for sleek magazine issue MAN/BOY



Reinaldo, March 19

Reinaldo, March 19 (2013) 11x14
Reinaldo, March 19 (2013) comes from a recent and ongoing body of work called RECENT PICTURES and is one of two new print editions to benefit upcoming Winter 2014 projects in Los Angeles, Boston and Winnipeg. The 11×14 print is an edition of 20, $250 each. Click the image for an enlarged view.

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Bed, November 29

Bed, November 29 (2010, 11x14)


Bed, November 29 (2010), a home study and precursor to some of the images in STUDIO WORK (2010 – 2011) is one of two new print editions to benefit upcoming Winter 2014 projects in Los Angeles, Boston and Winnipeg. The 11×14 print is an edition of 20, $250 each.

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I will hosting an interactive performance this Friday night at 1am (Saturday) at Recess as part of the 24 HR BALLAD, a project by my friends Alex Segade and Malik Gaines aka Courtesy the Artists.

Courtesy the Artists (Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade) with Niv Acosta, Morgan Bassichis, Gregg Bordowitz, Quincy Flowers, Charles Gaines, Miguel Guttierez, Nick Hallett, Vishal Jugdeo, Zach Layton, Sara Magenheimer, Zavé Martohardjono, Sam Greenleaf Miller, Hiroshi McDonald Mori, Tavia Nyong’o, Jeanine Oleson, Jessica Posner, Katy Pyle, Matana Roberts, Marina Rosenfeld, Joshua Seidner, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Christine Sun Kim, and Saya Woolfalk. Presented in conjunction with Performa13.

Extending the narrative form past its own logical conclusion, the 24-Hour Ballad performance draws out one folk song for a full sun-cycle. Courtesy the Artists and collaborators will take a full day to explore “Black is the Color (Of My True Love’s Hair),” an Appalachian folk song with Scottish roots often associated with the Civil War, and later Civil Rights, through memorable interpretations by Nina Simone and Patty Waters. Meditating on the refrain, which suggests an array of affective positions and relations, the artists re-consider the text as an evocation of the non-blond.

Each artist and/or cultural producer will make a work responding to the folk song, scheduled for a different hour of the day, from noon Friday to noon Saturday. Improvisations, recitals, critiques and spectacles!

Seduction and Its Immediate Consequences


I contributed a new image to my friend Alex Dimitrov’s poetry, with three new poems featured on BOMB magazine’s Bombsite poetry series. The first is below, read the whole set here.

Seduction and Its Immediate Consequences by Alex Dimitrov

One April in autumn you were my story for hours.
The silence of those days became like a shirt.
“His screaming fits were nothing other than
attempts at seduction,” writes Freud in The Wolfman.
How many accounts for how many things and what did we own?
In the movie of their lives there were people
they saw like notes in the margins
and in the vials a bright mess they carried inside.
Michael, Michael, Michael.
If a name is said enough times in a poem
something will happen. But that isn’t your name
and it isn’t a city, so where do you live?
Winter taught me to wear a very thin nothing those evenings.
When the car sped through the tunnel, when the cemetery
filled with the living, when the drink was named
for what they couldn’t quite taste.
And you didn’t decide on the friends or the lovers,
the shoes or the card that was sent and said
come—it’s a party for all of our questions.
And why shouldn’t we have it.
Why not invite what no one can have.
Immediately, he could tell. Even in the middle of the water.
Soon it will all close without warning or lights.
And between the acts, where we live,
after a while you’re wearing too much
no matter what you take off.
But you, filling the room with smoke,
trying hard to be human—
I love you and it’s cinema just to keep looking.
Listen, I would say in my messages…
on a page or a screen, through a window.
I’d follow you home but it’s a very brief night.



Unique artist book, 8.75 x 11.25 inches, 124 pages (laser prints, instant film, tape, post notes, ink and marker on paper), hand bound in dyed japanese linen with hard cover and presentation box and colophon/index.

This piece brings together images and notes from my archive alongside excerpts from and writing about overlapping texts by Capote, Vidal and Isherwood in an exploration of the creation of journals and narratives, genre photography, the gaze and the the complications of portraiture.

See this new piece at the NY Art Book Fair at PS1 in New York City, September 19 – 22.

Body Language at the Studio Museum in Harlem

Still on view at The Studio Museum in Harlem is the group exhibition Body Language, through October 27, curated by Abbe Schriber. Body Language explores the body and written or verbal expression. Comprised mostly of works from the Studio Museum’s permanent collection, the exhibition shows how artists use language to evoke relationships to bodies, including those of viewers, using the human form to communicate ideas much as words might. Some of the artists investigate the language of nonverbal communication, while others inscribe, paint or gesture onto the page. Other works depict figures to purposefully elicit a “read”—how might audiences interpret a portrait differently than the artist’s (or author’s) intention? Body Language also illustrates the international scope of the Museum’s collection, with work by Deborah Grant, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Valerie Piraino, Malick Sidibé, Tavares Strachan, Barthélémy Toguo, among others.

Jennifer Packer at Studio Museum in Harlem

Jennifer Packer, artist-in-residence, Studio Museum in Harlem. 2013

Glenn Ligon in his studio, Brooklyn.

Glenn Ligon in his studio, Brooklyn. 2013