Residency Art Gallery is extremely pleased to present the second installment of The New Contemporaries. This group exhibition will run from April 10th through June 5th with an opening reception that will take place on Saturday, April 10th, 2021 from 11am to 6pm. The New Contemporaries, Vol. 2 will feature all-new work from Yasmine Nasser Diaz, Veronica Fernandez, Alfonso Gonzalez Jr., Fabian Guerrero, February James, Larry Li, Yvette Mayorga, Carmen Neely, Na’ye Perez, Devin Reynolds and Bradley Ward. Throughout U.S. history, Black, Latinx and Asian bodies have been subjected to rampant forms of violence, exploitation and experimentation. Such events include forty years of the Tuskegee Study, the forced sterilization of Latin women in Los Angeles during the late 60s and early 70s, slave phrenology experiments presented as science, exclusionary immigration policies and more. In more recent times, our bodies and culture continue to be fetishized, commodified, and appropriated within mainstream media. This exhibition is a survey of how Black, Latinx and Asian bodies have evolved outside the space of the aforementioned events, as we are much more than objects of scientific racism or tools for appropriation. Works included in this exhibition will examine themes of empowerment, acceptance, sexuality and gender identity, culture and community stemming from each artists’ own identity and experience.
The New Contemporaries is Residency Art Gallery’s flagship project that showcases new work from emerging artists across the country. The featured artists are practitioners from varying mediums – photography, performative work, printmaking, painting and sculpture. The New Contemporaries project embodies the core mission of Residency Art Gallery by highlighting artists of color whose bodies of work center around socio-political, gender and community themes. The work shown in The New Contemporaries challenges artists to recover their personal narratives as people of color existing in today’s society and provides a platform to creatively reshape our collective history. Residency continues to celebrate these contemporary artists in a space that is safe for all genders, races and cultures. Special programming surrounding the project will include live performances, community dialogues and artists’ talks.