Join artist Kerry Downey for the New York debut of their video work How to see in the dark (2017, 12:40 minutes). The screening will be followed by a conversation between Downey and artist Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, moderated by curator Christian Camacho-Light, examining themes of darkness, fear, representation, and opacity.
This event is organized in conjunction with the exhibition How to see in the dark, on view at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space through December 9 and presented in collaboration with Abrons Arts Center.
Kerry Downey is an interdisciplinary artist and educator based in New York City. Downey’s work explores the relationship between states of embodiment and forms of power. Downey works primarily in video with a practice that includes printmaking, drawing, writing, and performance. They’ve recently had a solo show at CAVE in Detroit and two-person shows at Knockdown Center and 20|20 Gallery in New York City. They have exhibited at the Queens Museum, Flushing, NY; the Hessel Museum at Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY; The Drawing Center, New York, NY; Cooper Cole, Toronto, CA, and Taylor Macklin, Zurich, CH. Downey is a recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant and Foundation for Contemporary Arts Grant. Artist-in-residencies include Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (Madison, ME), Triangle Arts Association, Brooklyn, NY; SHIFT at EFA Project Space, New York, NY; the Drawing Center’s Open Sessions, New York, NY; Real Time and Space, Oakland, CA; and the Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT. Downey participated in the Queer/Art/Mentorship program in 2013. Their work has been in Artforum, The Brooklyn Rail, The Washington Post, and Lookie-Lookie. Downey holds a BA from Bard College and an MFA from Hunter College.
Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste is a New York based artist, composer, and performer. He was a 2017 artist-in-residence at Issue Project Room, and received a Bessie Award for Outstanding Music Composition/Sound Design in 2018. Toussaint-Baptiste has presented visual and performance work at MoMA PS1; Performance Space New York; The Brooklyn Museum; The Kitchen; The Studio Museum in Harlem; The Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia; FringeArts, Philadelphia; Tanz Im August at HAU3, Berlin; and Stoa Cultural Center, Helsinki; among others. He is a founding member of the performance collective Wildcat!, and frequently collaborates with performers and visual artists including Will Rawls, Tiona Nekkia McClodden, and Jaamil Olawale Kosoko. Toussaint-Baptiste holds an MFA from Brooklyn College’s Performance and Interactive Media Arts program.
Christian Camacho-Light is a curator and writer based in New York. They have recently organized exhibitions at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space, New York, NY; Abrons Arts Center, New York, NY; Kate Werble Gallery, New York, NY; The Berrie Center for Performing and Visual Arts, Ramapo College, Mahwah, NJ; Knockdown Center, Queens, NY; The International Studio & Curatorial Program, Brooklyn, NY; and the Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY. They are a 2017-2018 AIRspace curator-in-residence at Abrons Arts Center. They hold an MA in Curatorial Studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College, and a BA in Art History from Vassar College.
Image: Kerry Downey, How to see in the dark, 2017, video still. Courtesy of the artist.