Saturday, September 26, 2015

News, Press, Etc.


Exhibition: Power, Protest, & Resistance, Skylight Gallery, Sept. 25 - Nov. 8, 2015
Exhibition: a curious blindness, Wallach Art Gallery @Columbia, April 22 - June 13, 2015 (opening reception video)
Exhibition: Freedom, York College Fine Arts Gallery, March 16 - April 24, 2015
Residency: The Art & Law Program, in collaboration with Fordham Law School, 2015
Fellowship: The Laundromat Project Create Change Fellowship, 2014
Paper: Between Camps/Colourlines presented by Jamie Bradbury, Oxford, July 2014
Article: Suzanne Broughel Examines "Whiteness" amongst other constructs

Keep Hope Alive Alive - public art project

Thursday, April 30, 2015

New Work at York College Fine Arts Gallery

Here is the finished piece that I made during the course of the exhibition Freedom at York College Gallery.

The title of this piece is White Liberal Hustler Making Ebola Jokes (#1). It is made from bandages, bleached on the ends and bronzed with fake tan lotions in the center. To view the making of this piece, see my post from 4/16/15.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Group Show at Columbia University's Wallach Art Gallery

My work is included in this group exhibition at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery, on view April 22 through June 13, 2015:

a curious blindness reflects a moment captured by eighteen early- to mid-career artists who engage with the complex climate of race and identity politics. Despite their varied backgrounds and influences, there is a shared consciousness of how people of color are treated and represented in a purportedly post–racial era. The selection of works within the exhibition responds and reacts to the institutionalized racism that permeates the quotidian through media, consumer capitalism, and the art-historical canon. The artists are influenced by ideas of portraiture, seriality, and the consumable that evoke the ways in which the body of color has been objectified and abbreviated through time. 

a curious blindness is curated by Vivian Chui, Tara Kuruvilla, and Doris Zhao. It is the third presentation of MODA Curates—an annual opportunity offered by The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and the MA in Modern Art: Critical and Curatorial Studies Program (MODA) for outstanding curatorial proposals related to students' theses.

Artists: Elia Alba, Firelei Baez, Suzanne Broughel, Ling Chun, Suntek Chung, Amir H. Fallah, Paula Garcia, Girl (Chitra Ganesh & Simone Leigh), Hassan Hajjaj, Nora Howell, Timothy Hyunsoo Lee, Ahmed Mater, Divya Mehra, Jayson Musson, Rashaad Newsome, Sondra Perry, Paul Anthony Smith

Exhibition website.
Gallery website.
NY Times review by Holland Cotter.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Work in Progress at York College Fine Arts Gallery

Exhibition: Freedom
March 16 - April 24, 2015

Gallery as studio.

Trying to bleach bandages with skin lightening cream.

Comparing skin tones of 99 Cent Store bandages.

Bandages. Bleached ends. Drying on clotheslines in the gallery.

Work station in the gallery.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

"Ten" @ Cindy Rucker Gallery: Jayson Keeling, Curator

Ten is a three day art event at Cindy Rucker Gallery featuring ten curators - each choosing ten artists.  My work was chosen by Jayson Keeling.  The other curators are Eun Young Choi, Ian Cofre, William Cordova, David Andrew Frey, Rick Herron, Colette Robbins, Cindy Rucker, Brad Silk, and Southfirst.    

The exhibition is co-organized by Culturehall.  More at this link.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Nat Creole Magazine Interview with Suzanne Broughel

This is an interview I did with Phillip Harvey in Fall 2007 for Nat Creole Magazine No. 17.  It is no longer available online, so I've made it available as a pdf.  It was a good conversation and I appreciated the questions.
Nat Creole Interview with Suzanne Broughel

I was happy to see that Nat Creole still has an online presence on Pinterest, where my recent mail art project was pinned.  You can see that here.

Friday, January 17, 2014

Mail Art: A conceptual sculpture at Winkleman Gallery

(UPDATE: The exhibition was reviewed by Holland Cotter in the New York Times.  Read the review here.)

Yevgeniy Fiks , who organized this exhibition, asked a group of artists and scholars to respond to his archive of Soviet Russian images depicting Africans and African-Americans.  The results are on view at Winkleman Gallery through Feb. 22, 2014 in “The Wayland Rudd Collection” .

Though it spans decades, the archive is named after Wayland Rudd, an African-American actor who moved to Russia in the 1930’s, to escape the racism he faced in the U.S.

I was very interested in the postage stamp images in the archive, and chose to respond to those. There are Russian stamps depicting Nelson Mandela, a raised Black Power fist, and several variations of idealized, racially diverse groups of children and adults.  I turned those stamp images into stationery letterhead for a mail art project.  Participants were asked to respond – in words or visuals – to the story of Wayland Rudd and its aftermath, in relation to their own identity and our present moment.  Respondents include artists, antiracist organizers, scholars, and performers.

I hand made envelopes for participants to use to mail back their responses in.  Each envelope is a fragment of a large photo of Wayland Rudd and his Russian wife, Paulina Marksiti.  After the envelopes were mailed back to me (stamped with vintage Paul Robeson stamps), I reassembled the photo fragments.  The gallery installation includes this large image – sewn into clear vinyl – alongside a binder of participants’ mail art responses.

Artists in the exhibition: Ivan Brazhkin, Michael Paul Britto, Suzanne Broughel, Maria Buyondo, Zachary Fabri, Joy Garnett, Alexey Katalkin, Kara Lynch, Nontsikelelo Mutiti, Nikolay Oleynikov and Arkadiy Kots Band, Natalia Pershina-Yakimanskaya (Gluklya), Jenny Polak, Dread Scott, and Haim Sokol

"Mail Conversation (For Wayland Rudd)" by Suzanne Broughel, 2014
Materials: Laser prints on paper, vinyl, binder containing correspondence.
Top photo: courtesy of Louis Chan    Bottom photo: courtesy of Ray Llanos

Mail Art Participants: