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05 May
May 5, 2022 | 2:00 PM-3:00 PM


Kameelah Janan Rasheed in Conversation with NYU Libraries

Join artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed (she/they) and Giana Ricci, librarian for the Fine Arts at NYU, for a conversation about Rasheed’s work and its intersection with libraries. Why is the medium of the artist’s book appealing? How can Libraries promote the use of artists’ books in creative research? What can creating and promoting artists’ books do to aid antiracism efforts? 

This event is co-sponsored by the Gallatin School. It is funded in part by an Office of Global Inclusion Innovation and Anti-Racism Microgrant.

About the Speakers

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (she/they) was born in East Palo Alto, CA. Rasheed lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

Rasheed’s work has been exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum; the New Museum; MASS MoCA; the Queens Museum; the Bronx Museum; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Portland Institute for Contemporary Art; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; the Brooklyn Public Library; and the Brooklyn Historical Society, as well as a number of international venues.

Rasheed is the author of three artist’s books: An Alphabetical Accumulation of Approximate Observations (Endless Editions, 2019), No New Theories (Printed Matter, 2019), and the digital publication Scoring the Stacks (Brooklyn Public Library, 2021). Her writing, including longform essays and interviews, has appeared in Triple Canopy, The New Inquiry, Shift Space, Active Cultures, and The Believer.

She is a 2021 Guggenheim Fellow in Fine Arts and a 2022 Creative Capital Awardee.

Rasheed is currently an adjunct at the School of Visual Arts - MFA Fine Arts (2016–present), Yale School of Art - MFA Painting and Printmaking (Core Critic, 2021–present), and The Cooper Union (2022). She serves as a Program Mentor for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s low-residency MFA Program (2021–present).

For the 2021–22 school year, she is the inaugural Douglass Discovery Arts Fellow at Rutgers University’s Douglass Residential College.

Rasheed is the founder of Mapping the Spirit, a digital archive documenting how Black faith lives, shifts, and self-revises. She is also the owner and founder of Orange Tangent Study, a boutique consultant service that nurtures tentacular and transdisciplinary projects as well as provides microgrants to artists.

Giana Ricci is the Librarian for the Fine Arts at NYU.

This conversation is presented in Zoom.

Live closed captioning will be available.

Photo: Christopher Gregory for The New York Times.


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