Thursday, December 1, 2011

NEW YORK: Jayson Keeling in Conversation

Jayson Keeling, still from The Great Masturbator, 2011. Video, 10:31 min. Image via

Artist in conversation with writers Rich Blint and Greg Tate
Friday, December 9, 2011, 7pm

10 Greene Street, 2nd Floor
New York, NY

As part of Keeling’s one person exhibition, See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy! the artist will discuss his practice in conversation with Rich Blint, writer and cultural critic, and Greg Tate, writer/journalist and director of Burnt Sugar.

Jayson Keeling lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Keeling began his career as a photographer and film director in the fashion, film, music and the porn industries. Through the use of photography, video and other media, he creates art works that provoke and dismantle pop iconography and the accepted politics of sex, gender, race, and religion. He has been included in exhibitions at El Museo del Barrio, La Mama la Galleria, The Andy Warhol Museum, Exit Art, GBE@passerby, Apex Art, Real Art Ways, Queens Museum of Art, The Bronx Museum, and The Studio Museum in Harlem, among others. Keeling has been awarded residencies from the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council in 2009 and 2007, as well as the Apex Outbound Residency in Ethiopia, 2009. His one-person exhibition See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy is on view at Third Streaming through February 25, 2012.

Rich Blint, a New York-based writer and cultural critic, is currently completing his dissertation, Trembling on the Edge of Confession: Racial Figuration and Iconicity in Modern American Culture, in the American Studies Program at New York University. Blint is co-editor (with Douglas Field) for a special issue of African American Review focused on James Baldwin (2012) and was guest editor of Black Renaissance Noir, a journal of pan-African politics and culture (Winter/Spring, 2008). He serves on the Executive Board of Vanderbilt University’s, Issues in Critical Investigation: The African Diaspora, and on the Editorial Board of The Feminist Wire. He has taught courses at NYU, The Brecht Forum, and Hunter College, The City University of New York.

Greg Tate is a writer/journalist, composer and the artistic director of Burnt Sugar, a band that fuses jazz, rock, funk, and African music in a lyrical, exploratory and improvisational manner. He is also a founding member of the Black Rock Coalition. He was recently acknowledged by The Source magazine as one of the ‘God­fathers of Hiphop Journalism’ for his ground­breaking work on the genre’s social, political, economic and cultural implications in the period when most pundits considered it a fad. Writing for the Village Voice from 1987-2003, he offered critic and insight on prominent musicians, actors, artists and activists. His writings on art, culture and politics have also been published by The New York Times, The Washington Post, Artforum, Rolling Stone, VIBE, Essence, The Museum of Modern Art, The Whitney Museum, Tate London, ICA London, Museum of Contemporary Art Houston and The Studio Museum In Harlem, among others. His books include Flyboy in the Buttermilk, Midnight Lightning: Jimi Hendrix and the Black Experience and Everything But the Burden: What White People Are Taking from Black Culture. In 2010 Tate was honored with a United States Artist Fellow award.

Jason Keeling: See Jungle! See Jungle! Go Join Your Gang, Yeah. City All Over! Go Ape Crazy.

Jayson Keeling, Mathias, 2003, Pigment print, 30 x 40 inches. Image via

Exhibit dates: October 28, 2011 - February 25, 2012

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