…then we know that it is really a door: On Endurance and Futurity


Held in conjunction with the First-Year MFA Exhibition, …then we know that it is really a door: On Endurance and Futurity will account for aesthetic, conceptual, and formal relationships between the twenty-seven projects represented in the 2016 First-Year MFA Exhibition. In dialogue with artists, Kambui Olujimi '13, and Aki Sasamoto '07, as well as art historians and curators, Rujeko Hockley '05, and Natasha Marie Llorens, we will take up the personal and cultural roots of these practices and think through possible readings of the work moving ahead. Drawing out a dynamic constellation of terms and associations to ground these practices in the present, we will discuss the social, cultural and affective aspects of these projects with an eye to the future.


Rujeko Hockley is Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Brooklyn Museum. She joined the Museum in 2012 and has since worked on exhibitions including LaToya Ruby Frazier: A Haunted Capital (2013), The Bruce High Quality Foundation: Ode to Joy, 2001-2013 (2013), Unfolding Tales: Selections from the Collection (2013, 2014) (Co-curator), Crossing Brooklyn: Art from Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyond (2014) (Co-curator), Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic (2015), I See Myself in You: Selections from the Collection (2015) (Co-curator), and Kara Walker: African Boy Attendant Curio (Bananas) (2015) (Curator). She serves on the Board of Art Matters, as well as the Advisory Board of Recess. She received her B.A. from Columbia University in Art History and is a Ph.D. Candidate in Art History, Theory, and Criticism in the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego.

Natasha Marie Llorens is an independent curator and writer based in New York. Her curatorial research is very broadly focused, ranging from photography and social practice to the feminist politics of abstraction in emerging contemporary art. Recent projects include,  "Vois-tu pas que je brûle? (Do you not see...)" at the Essex Street Market with Artists Alliance and "Threshing Floors," at Cuchifritos Gallery. She is a graduate of the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and a Ph.D. candidate in art history at Columbia University. Her academic research is focused on violence and representation in Algerian national cinema from the period immediately post independence.

Born and raised in Bedford Stuyvesant Brooklyn, Kambui Olujimi received his BFA from Parsons School of Design and his MFA from Columbia University. He has had solo exhibitions at the MIT List Visual Arts Center, MA; apexart, NY; and Art in General, NY. His works have premiered nationally at The Sundance Film Festival, Park City, Utah; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Studio Museum in Harlem, NY and the Museum of Modern Art, NY. Internationally he has exhibited at The Jim Thompson Art Center, Bangkok, Thailand;  Museo Nacional Reina Sofia, Madrid, Spain; Kiasma Museum of Contemporary Art, Helsinki, Finland and Para Site, Hong Kong. Olujimi has been awarded residencies from Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, ME, apexart, NY, The Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, NY, and Civitella Ranieri, Italy, and Fountainhead, FL, among others. He has received grants and fellowships from A Blade of Grass, The Jerome Foundation, and The Fine Art Work Center in Provincetown, MA. Numerous periodicals, newspapers, and journals have written about Olujimi work including The New YorkerArt ForumArt in AmericaBrooklyn RailThe New York Times, andModern Painters.

Aki Sasamoto works in sculpture, performance, dance, and whatever medium that gets her ideas across.  In her installation/performance works, Aki moves and talks inside the careful arrangements of sculpturally altered objects, activating bizarre emotions behind daily life.  Her works appear in gallery spaces, theater spaces, as well as in odd sites.  She has exhibited at The Kitchen, High Line, Chocolate Factory Theater, Soloway, Whitney Biennial 2010, Greater New York 2010, New York; Mori Museum, Take Ninagawa, Yokohama Triennale 2008, Japan; Gwangju Biennial 2012, South Korea; and numerous other international and domestic venues. She has collaborated with visual artists, musicians, choreographers, mathematicians, and scholars.    

Organized by independent writer, artist and curator Amanda Parmer, whose writing, archival, and curatorial work focuses on environmental issues as well as gender construction and representations. In 2014, she inaugurated PARMER: a space for exhibitions, programming and writing that focuses on queer and feminist strategies and post-colonial analysis. She has presented exhibitions, programs, and events in collaboration with e-flux, the Anna-Maria and Stephen Kellen Gallery, Sheila C. Johnson Design Center at Parsons, the New School; The New York Armory and Volta Shows; The Kitchen as well as Cleopatra’s, Brooklyn and Berlin. She has held residencies at the Abrons Art Center in New York as well as the Henie Onstad Kunstsenter in Norway. She has contributed catalog essays for publications issued by the CUE Art Foundation, Brandts Museum of Photographic Art, Fotografisk Center and Whitney Museum of Art. She is also a contributing writer for Art in AmericaArt&Education, Artforum.com and Bomblog. She has been a visiting critic at Cooper Union; Lower Manhattan Cultural Council; Parsons, the New School; and the School of Visual Arts. She graduated from Rhode Island School of Design and attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program. She is the Education Associate at the New Museum and teaches at Eugene Lang College, The New School.


Co-sponsored by School of the Arts Office of Alumni Affairs, the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery and Art History & Archaeology.

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