This discussion series pairs a nationally-recognized art critic or curator with two McKnight Visual Artist Fellows and offers attendees an opportunity to learn more about the fellowship recipients as well as how their work intersects with broader contemporary art ideas and concerns.
About the Speakers
Gary Carrion-Murayari is the Kraus Family Curator at the New Museum in New York. Over the past nine years, he has curated solo exhibitions by artists including John Akomfrah, Phyllida Barlow, Ellen Gallagher, Haroon Mirza, Camille Henrot, Nari Ward, and Hans Haacke. He has co-curated several New Museum group exhibitions including, “Ghosts in the Machine,” “NYC 1993,” and the 2018 New Museum Triennial. Carrion-Murayari previously worked at the Whitney Museum of American Art from 2003-2010 where he curated or co-curated a number of exhibitions including the 2010 Whitney Biennial.
Sean Connaughty’s socially engaged art projects address anthropogenic impacts on the global ecology and humanity’s place within that system. By working with communities and agencies governing our public spaces and infrastructures, he uses public art as a catalyst for mitigating damaging behaviors. Recently, Connaughty received a 2017 Forecast Public Art development grant for his Lake Hiawatha Visioning Project, a 2018 McKnight fellowship, and in 2016 had a solo exhibition at the Weisman Art Museum featuring his collaborative project Anthropocenic Midden Survey - Mississippi River. A graduate of both MCAD and the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD), Connaughty is a lecturer in the Department of Art at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities.
Shanai Matteson is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, social justice activist, and cultural community organizer. Matteson creates collaborative artistic projects, documentary films, creative writing, and print media, and social spaces to recognize and deepen relationships between people and place. Through slow and emergent arts activism, Matteson shifts narratives and perceptions, to challenge hierarchical power structures, and to help her collaborators and community transform the systems these shape. She is one of the cofounders of Water Bar & Public Studio, an artist-led benefit corporation, social space, and creative community that serves water and addresses local climate change impacts. Her current artistic project, Overburden / Overlook, is a multi-year / multi-phase collaboration with social scientist Roopali Phadke and emergent network of women who live and work across Minnesota's Iron Range. The project addresses the future of mining in the region, past and present relationships between extraction and culture, and the overlooked and undervalued labor of care, repair, and regeneration.
This series is co-presented with the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia). Fellowships are funded by the McKnight Foundation and administered by the Minneapolis College of Art and Design.