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Installation photograph documenting a room within the art exhibition *The Black School X Kameelah Janan Rasheed* organized at the New Museum in New York. In the center of the room is a table for workshops and handling archival materials. Behind the table on the walls are various wall-mounted text and abstract artworks by artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed.
of things not seen
April 3 – May 30, 2021
→ Hessel Museum of Art, CCS Bard Galleries
Curated by
  • Gee Wesley
Part of
Exhibition Category
Thesis Exhibitions, Student Curated Projects

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of things not seen explores the relationship between Blackness, bodily practice, and the limits of the archive through an artist-led curriculum of movement workshops, performance actions, and ephemeral installations by artists Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, and Steffani Jemison. This project considers the capacity of oral and bodily practices—movement, spoken language, and memory—to archive and record accounts of Black life and collective memory that have been excluded from Western memory institutions or erased from official archives. of things not seen argues that despite the absences of Black experience in mainstream textual and photographic archives, an account of Black life nonetheless persists through a repertoire of embodied, oral, and memory practices. In this moment of increased awareness and activism around the vulnerability of and violence perpetrated against Black bodies, this project asks what it means to locate the body as an archive of cultural knowledge and fugitive agency. Accordingly, this series of workshops and actions seeks to shift the terms of what is taken up as a record and as knowledge by emphasizing the capacity for embodied and ephemeral practices to render evidence of things not seen.

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Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste
April 3 - 18

Kameelah Janan Rasheed
April 23 - May 9

Steffani Jemison
May 14 - May 30

In addition to exhibition support provided by CCS Bard, of things not seen was made possible by the generous support of NOME, Berlin, the Center for Experimental Humanities at Bard College and the Experimental Humanities Collaborative Network, sponsored by the Open Society University Network.

With support from:
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