Image: Photographs with an Audience: San Antonio (Ted Cruz), 2018 (archival pigment print, 20"x24"). Courtesy of the Artist.
Unpacking was a new performance by Clifford Owens, co-presented with Triangle Arts.
Clifford Owens is a New York City-based artist. His work has been presented internationally in both solo and group exhibitions. Clifford Owens’ art has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His solo exhibitions include “Anthology: Clifford Owens” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2011-2012), “Better the Rebel You Know” Home, Manchester, England (2014), and “Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens” Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2011). His many group exhibitions include, “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art” Contemporary Arts Museum (2012 - 2014), “Greater New York 2005” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2005), “Freestyle” The Studio Museum in Harlem (2001), and “Performance Now” (2013 – 2014), and “Lone Wolf Recital Corp” Museum of Modern Art (2017).
His interdisciplinary performance projects include, “Photographs with an Audience” (ongoing since 2008), “Seminar,” at Pioneer Works and Denniston Hill, “A Forum for Performance Art” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, and “A Salon for Performance Art” at Artpace.
Owens studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rutgers University, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. He has received numerous grants and fellowships including the William H. Johnson Prize, the Art Matters Grant, the Louis Tiffany Comfort Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Community Trust, the Lambent Foundation, Denniston Hill Distinguished Performance Artist Prize, and the Rutgers University Ralph Bunche Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. Publications, reviews, and interviews about his work include New York Times, Art +Auction, Village Voice, Modern Painters, Art in America, Art Forum, The New Yorker, BOMB, The Wall Street Journal, The Drama Review, Greater New York 2005, Performa: New Visual Art Performance, Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education, and Why Art Photography? He has written for exhibition catalogues, the New York Times, Art Forum, and Performing Arts Journal. His project “Anthology” is the subject of his first book.
He has been an artist in residence at Studio Museum in Harlem (2005), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2004), Pioneer Works (2014), Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program (2016, I think), Denniston Hill (2017), MacDowell Colony (2018), and Artpace International Artist in Residence (2018).
Unpacking is part of Denniston Hill’s Exodus project.