Okwui Okpokwasili, Poor People’s TV Room (Solo), 2017. Installation views, “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” 2021. Exhibition view: New Museum, New York. Photo: Dario Lasagni.
Join us for a conversation with artist Okwui Okpokwasili in dialogue with Massimiliano Gioni, Edlis Neeson Artistic Director of the New Museum.
In conjunction with the exhibition “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America,” the New Museum is honored to host this conversation series and highlight the practices of artists participating in this exhibition.
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Okwui Okpokwasili (b. 1972, Bronx, New York) creates multidisciplinary performances that investigate the relationship between Western imaginations and Black bodies, often threading dance and choreography with historical and cultural memories. Her work often considers the individual and collective experiences of Black women through durational movement, and her experimental performances span dance, choreography, video, and installation (often designed in collaboration with Peter Born).
Okpokwasili’s performance work has been commissioned by the Walker Art Center, Danspace Project, Performance Space New York, the Center for the Art of Performance at UCLA, the 10th Annual Berlin Biennale, and Jacob’s Pillow, among other institutions. She has held residencies at the Maggie Allesee National Choreographic Center, the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, the Rauschenberg Foundation Captiva Residency, and New York Live Arts, where she was a Randjelovic/Stryker Resident Commissioned Artist. She has been awarded several Bessie awards for her performances and was named a MacArthur Foundation “Genius Award” Fellow in 2018.