To support the three-year pilot initiative “Native Voices,” which aims to illuminate the art-making practices and materials of six contemporary Native American artists alongside their personal and social histories and to advance best practices for the long-term preservation of their work, addressing the significant voids in professional knowledge about the unique conservation needs of contemporary Native American art. The initiative includes four major program threads: artist interviews (VoCA Talks), artist interview workshops, artist interview archiving and dissemination, and an issue of the VoCA Journal.
The Studio Museum in Harlem
To support “Unearthing the Archive,” a four-year research project that explores archival materials, oral histories, primary documents, and other sources to illuminate the histories and legacy of the Studio Museum as a nexus for Black art in Harlem’s epicenter. Publications as well as accessible and alternative modes of storytelling will accompany the archival work, giving voice to the creative ideas, output, and patrimony of Black art and culture. This project anticipates the opening of the museum’s new building in 2024.
South Side Community Art Center
To support a four-year project to expand the South Side Community Art Center’s capacity to preserve its art and archival collections and make them accessible for research and study.
Soul of Nations Foundation
To support a residency and professional development program at the Soul Center for the Arts in Florence, Italy, which includes ten fellowship grants for five Native American, three African American, and two Afro-Italian artists. This program provides the artists with space to work and opportunities to further cross-cultural dialogue regarding geographically displaced BIPOC experiences. Fellows will engage in public programs locally, and their art will be shared via the internet and through publications.
Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture
To support The Skowhegan Book (working title), a publication that marks the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture’s first foray into the history of its origins, philosophy, physical site, and artists since its opening in 1946. The publication is constructed from archival work drawn from interviews, oral histories, ephemera, and lectures, highlighting how Skowhegan’s School of Painting and Sculpture has created, and continues to create, an equitable, accessible, and expansive mode for studio work in a community context.
To support Black Chapel, the 2022 Serpentine Pavilion designed by visual artist Theaster Gates and constructed with the architectural support of Adjaye Associates. The pavilion will be open from June 10 to October 16, 2022, and will be accompanied by a series of live artist interventions and an illustrated catalogue examining Black Chapel within the larger context of Gates’s body of work.
Palais de la Porte Dorée
To support “Sharing Museums,” a three-day event featuring roundtables focusing on four themes: migration museums’ approaches and relationships to contemporary art; museums’ connections to diasporas; diversity and inclusion; and the restitution of artworks. This public convening will be livestreamed, with recordings to be made accessible on the museum’s website. A bilingual edition of the museum’s journal Hommes & Migrations will be published following the event.
New Museum of Contemporary Art
To support programming and catalogue production developed in conjunction with the exhibition Theaster Gates: Young Lords and Their Traces, the first survey exhibition in New York of work by the Chicago-based artist. It will be on view from November 10, 2022, to February 5, 2023. Programming includes activations developed in partnership with Gates, including the recording of an album by the Black Monks, a performance group he founded, and a series of convenings considering the relationship between Soviet film, communism, and the Black radical tradition.
To support “Tools for De-modernizing,” a collective learning program that seeks to rethink the legacy of modernism within art institutions. This multi-pronged initiative includes the creation of a global network of peer institutions in the field of contemporary art along with the development and implementation of a training program co-designed by members of the network guided by principles of diversity and inclusivity. Drawing from Black, Indigenous, and queer cultures, the program encourages the development of more mindful and inclusive institutional practices through these trainings, as well as via in-person and online lectures and events, and the creation of a chapbook.
American Academy in Rome
To support two six-month affiliated fellowships for early- and mid-career Chicago-based artists who identify as BIPOC, providing them with opportunities to work on their art, cultivate their practice with mentors, and make new connections in an interdisciplinary context.