The group exhibition at dawn draws connections between techniques of image production and the social and political work that goes into imagining alternatives to what the late Cuban American thinker José Esteban Muñoz called our “poisonous and insolvent” present. The show seeks to express a sense of art’s utopian horizon—a generative space of desire, experimentation, and queer relationality aligned with what he described as “ecstatic time.” Featuring twenty-five works that range from early performance videos by Joan Jonas to the allegorical and animated worlds of Jacolby Satterwhite, the exhibition insists on the possibility of “something else, something better, something dawning.”
Launched in 2018, FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art is a contemporary art exhibition across Northeast Ohio comprised of artist commissions, performances, films, and public programs that takes place across Cleveland, Akron, and Oberlin every three years. Its inaugural edition An American City, which was curated by Artistic Director Michelle Grabner, generated over 90,000 visitors from more than 25 countries and brought $31 million in new economic activity to the region.
Oh, Gods of Dust and Rainbows, the second iteration of FRONT International, will run from July 16 through October 2, 2022. Building on the success of the first edition, FRONT 2021 will further the Triennial’s commitment to stimulating new and sustained cultural conversations within the region.
Colorful tree houses, a mirrored hot-air balloon, a disco madhouse and daily invasions of Soundsuits are some of the many things you can see and experience at the FORMAT — "For Music + Art + Technology" — Festival from Friday-Monday on the private Sugar Creek Airstrip. Visual arts will play a strong role in FORMAT with installations, integrated performances and art experiences by several well-known artists, including Jacolby Satterwhite, Pia Camil and Marinella Senatore.
(Never) As I Was marks the third year of the multiyear partnership between The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Modern Art, and MoMA PS1, and features new work by the 2020–21 Artist-in-Residence cohort: Widline Cadet (b. 1992, Pétion-Ville, Haiti), Texas Isaiah (b. Brooklyn, NY), Genesis Jerez (b. 1993, Bronx, NY), and Jacolby Satterwhite (b. 1986, Columbia, South Carolina).
Inspired by the solace found in video game fantasy worlds during his childhood hospitalization with osteogenic sarcoma, internationally renowned artist Jacolby Satterwhite is creating a public artwork to be situated on the site of Cleveland Clinic’s BioRepository. Developed in collaboration with residents of the immediate surrounding Fairfax neighborhood, the powerful video installation will amplify local voices, explore art as a form of healing and serve as a lasting link to the community.
Miller ICA at Carnegie Mellon University will present the first major monographic survey of Jacolby Satterwhite’s work. Curated by Elizabeth Chodos, Spirits Roaming on the Earth traces ten years of the artist’s panoramic oeuvre. Satterwhite incorporates a broad set of real and fantastical references in his work—drawing from sources that include modernism, mythology, video gaming, queer theory, and Black culture—that inform his 3D animated videos, sculptures, electronic dance tracks, and performances. His wide-ranging practice evokes an essential moral lesson on the healing properties of human creativity as Satterwhite transforms existential uncertainty into a generative engine of resilience, reinvention, and celebration. This ability is something he shares with his late mother and muse, Patricia Satterwhite, who leveraged her own irrepressible creative energy to transform hardship into new worlds of possibility.
The ΑΒ7: ECLIPSE inhabits three neighbouring landmark buildings of the historic centre of Athens: the Former Department Store Fokas, the Former Santaroza Courthouse in Justice Square, and Schliemann-Mella Hall. These closely knit emblematic ghost buildings reflect various aspects and eras of the historical, cultural and architectural Athenian urban landscape.
Jacolby Satterwhite uses digital animation to construct epic imagined worlds inspired by video games, Afrofuturism, and queer theory. Birds in Paradise is set primarily in a vast coliseum over which a nude Black man wearing a cowboy hat soars on a winged metallic horse. The computer-generated scenes unfold alongside live-action footage of Satterwhite himself as he participates in Yoruba-derived rituals related to rebirth and regeneration. The soundtrack features recordings of Patricia Satterwhite, the artist’s late mother, singing the words “born to be free” and other phrases layered against electronic dance tracks. Satterwhite has described this video, with its emphasis on return and repetition, as a reflection on “being reborn and re-centering yourself, finding home again.”
Minds Rising, Spirits Tuning sets out to examine the spectrum of the extended mind through artistic and theoretical means. Directed by Defne Ayas and Natasha Ginwala, the 13th Gwangju Biennale (1 April–9 May, 2021) will feature a dynamic program encompassing an exhibition, a performance program, an online publishing platform and publications, and a series of public forums bringing together artists, theoretical scientists, and systems thinkers. The Biennale argues for the primacy of plurality, positing that points of origin and influence ought to be accessed not only through the dominant technological systems and machinic vocabularies traceable to the West but also relate to heterodox ancestries.
Jacolby Satterwhite uses video, performance, 3D animation, and drawing to build intricate digital worlds and movements that explore memory, desire, and mythology. His works feature dance and performance as well as drawings of speculative inventions designed by his mother. He borrows from aesthetic portrayals of science fiction and fantasy, relying on preexisting technologies and their surrounding subcultures to build new worlds. His future-gazing visual and sonic constructions privilege the immediacy of tactile pleasure over Western-centric myths of steady progression towards an idealized civilization.
VIA Art Fund has announced its 2020 grant recipients, among whom the nonprofit will distribute $1.5 million, the largest disbursement it has made to date. The funds will be awarded to artists, collectives, and institutions across four categories: Artistic Production Grant Fund, VIA | Wagner Incubator Grant Fund, 2020 VIA Grantee Relief Fund, and the VIA Curatorial Fellowship.
Jacolby Satterwhite is included in the group show Black Refractions: Highlights from The Studio Museum in Harlem, a major traveling exhibition comprised of over one hundred works by nearly eighty artists from the 1920s to the present.
Each semester CCS Bard hosts a program of lectures by leading artists, curators, art historians, and critics, situating the school and museum’s concerns within the larger context of contemporary art production and discourse. Lectures are open to students and faculty, as well as to the general public, and will also be documented through video and/or audio recordings, which will reside in the CCS Bard Library and Archives. This talk is co-presented with the Africana Studies Program and Film and Electronic Arts Program at Bard College. Jacolby Satterwhite is celebrated for a conceptual practice addressing crucial themes of labor, consumption, carnality and fantasy through immersive installation, virtual reality and digital media.
Since 1968, The Studio Museum in Harlem has earned recognition for its catalytic role in advancing the work of visual artists of African and Latino descent through its Artist-in-Residence program. The program has supported over one hundred graduates who have gone on to highly regarded careers.
Graduating college students at The New School's Parsons School of Design in New York are getting a matriculation gift from Solange Knowles. Through her creative agency, Saint Heron, the award-winning musician and performance artist has partnered with the school to launch Here and Now, a digital festival that will act as a virtual celebration of the Class of 2020, who have been placed in “an unique and unexpected position” due to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic, says Jason Kass, the school's interim dean of fashion.
In addition to showcasing the students’ end-of-the-year projects, Here and Now will also feature Metonymy, a 3D installation created in collaboration with Saint Heron’s creative team, artist Jacolby Satterwhite, and over 300 graduating students from the School of Fashion at Parsons.
How Can We Think of Art at a Time Like This? is an online exhibition, co-curated by Barbara Pollack and Anne Verhallen as a platform for the exchange of ideas at this time of crisis. We invited artists who are considered thought leaders, artists who struggle with futuristic pessimism, political outrage and psychic melt-downs. The invited artists have responded with unbridled enthusiasm and we will be posting new artists every day for the foreseeable future.
Jacolby Satterwhite is included in the group exhibition Speculative Bodies at the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
How do we know what’s real? In the midst of career-marking solo exhibitions at Pioneer Works in Brooklyn and the Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia, artist Jacolby Satterwhite contemplates some of the most fundamental questions around the relationship between an artist and the works they create.
Jacolby Satterwhite is the subject a solo exhibiton at The Fabric Workshop and Museum in Philadelphia.
Jacolby Satterwhite in Conversation with Jack McGrath, and Stuart Comer, Moderated by FWM Curator Karen Patterson at The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Please follow the link to the FWM website to register for this event.
For the close of Jacolby Satterwhite’s exhibition You’re at home, the artist is joined in conversation with curator Thomas Lax to expound and reflect upon his digital animations, virtual worlds, and the 3D-printed sculptures that serve as their physical counterparts. The discussion will focus on the effect of Satterwhite’s digital work as well as the themes of the exhibition: American consumerism, pop culture, African folklore, ritual, and personal narratives, all of which are illustrated in Satterwhite’s visually eclectic animated series Birds of Paradise. This exhibition centerpiece and its thematic concerns speak in concert with the other work included in the exhibition.
As part of Jacolby Satterwhite’s exhibition You’re at home, PAT—comprised of the artist and musician Nick Weiss (of Teengirl Fantasy)—will perform songs from the duo’s newly released double LP album, titled Love Will Find A Way Home. Within the album, a capella recordings of original songs left behind by Satterwhite’s mother Patricia are remixed and manipulated into propulsive, electronic dance tracks that feature a range of other collaborators. Utilizing the album soundscape as the auditory point of inspiration, the performance will synthesize live choral renditions and thematic light transitions into a holistic live-scoring of Satterwhite’s animated works, including the multipart series Blessed Avenue. Guests from the album will also make special appearances throughout the evening.
A collaboration between artist Jacolby Satterwhite and musician Nick Weiss—one-half of Teengirl Fantasy—PAT takes its name from Satterwhite’s mother Patricia, who suffered from schizophrenia and died in 2016. She left behind hundreds of a capella recordings on cassette tapes as well as abstract drawings of home goods, such as wet wipes, sugar cubes, and toothbrushes. Incorporating her recordings into their work, Satterwhite and Weiss remixed and manipulated Patricia’s voice into propulsive, electronic dance tracks featuring a range of other collaborators.
Jacolby Satterwhite is included in the group exhibition New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
Transamerica/n: Gender, Identity, Appearance Today celebrates the authentic, beautiful, and vulnerable voices of contemporary, North American artists who express their true selves through a broad gender spectrum. Some of the artists identify as LGBTQ+, and some do not. The art in Transamerica/n speaks to family, community, self-discovery, and ultimately identity. Artists’ experiences are highlighted as part of the McNay’s dual commitment to artistic excellence and community impact.
Presented by The Friends of Education of The Museum of Modern Art, Conversations: Among Friends explores works of art as reflections of their political and social contexts. Inspired by the current exhibition New Order: Art and Technology in the Twenty-First Century, this panel will be moderated by Michelle Kuo, The Marlene Hess Curator of Painting and Sculpture.
Friday, December 7, 4-5 pm
Miami Beach Convention Center | Auditorium, West Lobby
Open to the public and free of charge
Please join Jacolby Satterwhite in conversation with Masha Faurschou and François Quintin, moderated by Elvia Wilk. Virtual reality (VR) art is on the rise, offering audiences a new way to immerse themselves in artistic practices. For this talk, artists and experts come together to discuss the latest conceptual and technological developments in the field, and examine what makes a great VR artwork, as well as which artists are using the medium most skillfully.
Jacolby Satterwhite will participate in MIT List Visual Art Center's 2018 Wasserman Forum on Contemporary Art: Future Genders.
Jacolby Satterwhite is included in BETWEEN., the fourth installment of We.Construct.Marvels.Between.Monuments., a series of five exhibitions highlighting artists working within the queer and trans diaspora.
Jacolby Satterwhite presents a 3D animated video projection and panoramic picture scroll of the 14th century danshoku (homsexuality) at his solo exhibition at Asakusa in Tokyo, Japan.