That's right: our Holiday Party for Artists and Lovers is back for a second year at The Invisible Dog. Tickets are $35, and include an open bar, heavy snacks (less than dinner, more than an appetizer), DJed music, commemorative pins, and all the old Wassaic Project friends / flames / lovers / fighters you can handle. Our Artist and Lover awardees this year are artist and WP all-star Azikiwe Mohammed and Project for Empty Space Co-Founder and Co-Director Jasmine Wahi.
Only 200 tickets are available! They went quickly last year, so RSVP early.
Azikiwe Mohammed’s artwork has been shown in galleries both nationally and internationally. A 2005 graduate of Bard College, where he studied photography and fine arts, Mohammed received the Art Matters Grant in 2015 and the Rema Hort Mann Emerging Artist Grant in 2016. Mohammed is an alumnus of Pioneer Works in Brooklyn, New York, and Mana Contemporary in Jersey City, New Jersey. His work has been featured extensively in magazines, including VICE, I-D, Artforum, Forbes, BOMB and Hyperallergic. Mohammed has presented a number of solo exhibitions in venues including the Knockdown Center, Maspeth, New York; SCAD Museum of Art, Savannah, GA; Ace Hotel Chicago, Illinois; IDIO Gallery, Brooklyn, New York; as well as multiple solo offerings at Spring Break Art Show, New York. He has participated in group exhibitions at MoMa PS1, Queens, New York; Antenna Gallery, New Orleans, Louisiana; Charlie James Gallery, Los Angeles, California and the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, among others. He lives in New York and currently has his studio at Mana Contemporary as part of the Mana BSMT program.
Jasmine Wahi is the Founder and Co-Director of Project for Empty Space, a nonprofit organization in New York City and Newark, New Jersey. Her multifaceted curatorial practice predominantly focuses on issues of femme empowerment, complicating binary structures within social discourses, and exploring multi-positional cultural identities through the lens of intersectional feminism.
In 2023, Ms. Wahi was honored by The Metropolitan Museum of Art for exemplary social impact work in the Arts, both at Project for Empty Space and in her other roles as both a museum curator and independent practitioner.
In 2020, PES, Ms. Wahi became the inaugural Holly Block Social Justice Curator at the Bronx Museum of the Arts, while simultaneously Co-Directing Project for Empty Space. While at the museum she curated several renowned exhibitions, including Born In Flames: Feminist Futures and Wardell Milan: AMERIKA. God Bless You If It's Good To You, which were oriented around the thesis that visibility is the primary tenet of Social Justice.
Earlier in 2020, Ms. Wahi co-curated the ongoing traveling exhibition ABORTION IS NORMAL with a cohort of intergenerational cultural practitioners including Rebecca Pauline Jampol, Marilyn Minter, Laurie Simmons, Gina Nanni, and Sandy Tait. The exhibition will be revived and travel across the United States in late 2023-2024 ahead of the presidential election, as a way to engage voters across the country.
In 2019, Ms. Wahi gave her first TED Talk on intersectionality and visibility, entitled All The Women In Me Are Tired.
A lover of learning and sharing, Ms. Wahi has taught at a number of art institutions, including Yale University, and the School of Visual Arts: MFA Fine Arts department. She is currently in the Faculty of Brooklyn College in New York City. In addition to her faculty roles at Academic institutions, Ms. Wahi also serves as both a faculty member at ART FORWARD and a Board member at CCNY at Baxter Street.
Ms. Wahi received her own Art History education from New York University, where she has an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts and a BA in Art History from the College of Arts and Sciences.
Jasmine Wahi lives in Brooklyn, NY, with her chihuahua mutt, Momo. You can follow her shenanigans and micro-essays on Instagram at @browngirlcurator.
Of last year, obviously.
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