Research Trip to NYC
In 2017 IDA received a research- and travel grant from the Swedish foundation of Helge Ax:son Johnson Stiftelse to visit art institutions, organisations and initiatives in New York City.
In May 2018 we travelled to New York City to visit spaces and projects specifically dedicated to diaspora issues. We were interested in discovering the history of institutions and their relationship to their surrounding communities, their program and community engagement, and different experiences in how to work with collections. We were also keen on understanding what makes these museums and their programs more inviting and accessible to their communities, and learn from their methods and experiences of listening and practicing ways in which art can ever become a more relevant part of everyday life.
More importantly, we were looking for ways in which diaspora populations have access to these cultural tools, at the same time understanding the support structures and sustainability for artistic practices in the form of fellowships, residencies and many programs that are available.
In NYC, we visited:
Dodge&Burn: Decolonizing Photography History
EnFoco: Cultural Diversity in Photography
Studio Museum in Harlem
A Blade of Grass
Queens Museum of Art
MoCADA - Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts
Hunter East Harlem Gallery/El Museo del Barrio
Whitney Museum of American Art
There were two events which we missed due to the timing of our trip which we would like to highlight in the blog. First is the Open Engagement conference, held annually, but unfortunately the last one this year, held this year at the Queens Museum. It will resurface next year in an array of new … Read More
Hiwa K – Blind as the Mother Tongue, exhibition shot from video installation. Two of our favorites at the New Museum as well: Anna Boghiguian and Hiwa K. We knew Anna Boghiguian’s since it was first shown in Stockholm at Index Foundation last year, but it was great to see her works in a larger space, very … Read More
Even though the title and press text Songs for sabotage of the fourth New Museum Triennal (February 13–May 27, 2018) maybe gives too much promise of power structures and neoliberal market dismantled, we very much enjoyed the exhibition with almost only newly commissioned work by 26 young artists/art collectives from 19 countries. As a whole Songs of sabotage … Read More
We were lucky to be in New York when such an important exhibition for us with Latin American background is showing in a major art museum. Radical Women: Latin American Art 1960-1985, curated by Cecilia Fajardo-Hill and Andrea Giunta and currently on view at Brooklyn Museum showed 120 women artists from Latin America and the intersections between politics, the … Read More
Carmen Lomas Garza, Quinceañera, from the serie The Chicano Collection, 2005. Since La Galerias at El Museo del Barrio are close until fall 2018 due to renovation we went to see the off-site exhibition Queenie: Seleceted artwroks by female artists from El Museo del Barrio’s Collection at the Hunter East Harlem Gallery. With a particular … Read More
At the end of a hectic day we sat down at Art Bar in West Village, where Prerana Reddy kindly met us for a drink and a chat. We contacted Prerana since she has been the director of Public Programs & Community Engagement at the Queens Museum (QM), but found her just switching to the hyperinteresting non-profit organization … Read More
The Queens Museum is located next to one of the most diverse and fast growing neighborhoods in New York City: Corona. To talk about the work the museum does “inside” as well as its impact outside of the boundaries of the physical building we met with Community organizer Monica Carrillo and Public Programs Coordinator Catherine Grau. We learnt that the … Read More
On our way to Brooklyn Museum we saw to beautiful murals from the Groundswell Community Mural Project on Washington Avenue. We didn’t have the opportunity to meet the organisation, so we were delighted to see two murals from the project just passing by on the street.
Where I Seek, I Find Myself is the title of the exhibition at MoCADA – Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts. Curated by Laylah Amatullah Barrayn, Adama Delphine Fawundu, and James E. Bartlettwhere, seven women photographers explore the concept of Home in the intimate space that is the gallery, including the 14-year old Fanta Diop who … Read More
At the Studio Museum Harlem we got the opportunity to talk at length with Community Engagement Associate Rachell Morillo from the Studio Museum’s public programs & community engagement and fellows Anaïs Duplan, Charmaine Branch, and Nectar Knuckles. The visit on this rainy afternoon began with the group telling us that the the Studio Museum is closed since … Read More
After a google maps mishap that took us to the opposite end of the Bronx we finally found the impressive building of Andrew Freedman Home where En Foco has their office. Director Bill Aguado and exhibition manager Oscar J Rivera greeted us warmly and we had a lively discussion about their work in promoting cultural … Read More
Estella, Macarena, Qiana Mestrich, and Isabel having a falafel in St.Mark’s Place In the afternoon we met with fantastic Qiana Mestrich, photographer and founder of Dodge&Burn: Decolonizing Photography History and talked about art, motherhood, hybrid identities, mother tongue(s) and family histories. We had met Qiana online last year and were hopeful to meet her during our … Read More
Our second day began with a visit to Stephanie Baptist’s art space Medium Tings, a new art space in Brooklyn dedicated to small scale exhibitions in her apartment. Stephanie is an experienced curator having moved back to the USA from London a few years ago and forging a new space for showcasing emerging artists of color. … Read More
Isabel and Macarena in the voting booth at the entrance of the exhibition, where visitors can look through books with inscriptions and statements from the public in response to questions and statements posed by the artist. On our first day in New York, we didn’t have any planned meetings. Instead, we got re- acquainted with the … Read More
I vårt nuvarande arbete har IDA fokuserat på att samla information, träffa svenska konstnärer i diasporan och skapat ett kunskapsbas. I arbetet med att utveckla vår vision och kompetens ingår att besöka befintliga institutioner, konstmuseer eller kultur/konstorganisationer för diasporan och förstå deras organisationsstruktur. Syftet med studieresan är att besöka valda konstinstitutioner samt träffa nyckelpersoner kring … Read More