A conversation with
Azikiwe Mohammed and Kimberly Drew

July 23, 2016

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A conversation with Azikiwe Mohammed and Kimberly Drew


The artist Azikiwe Mohammed, currently participating in Mana’s BSMT Residency, will appear in conversation with Kimberly Drew, aka @MuseumMammy and founder/curator of the Black Contemporary Art Tumblr. They will discuss Mohammed’s recent work, Jimmy’s Thrift, a presentation of found and artist-made items located in the fictional town of New Davonhaime, which derives its name from the five most densely populated black cities in the United States. Using items to manifest the history and identity of his imaginary city, Mohammed contemplates a lost collective past and a new contemporary ideation of blackness.

Drew has also worked for Hyperallergic, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and Lehmann Maupin. She has delivered lectures and participated in panel discussions at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, Art Basel Miami Beach, Moogfest, The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Brooklyn Museum, and elsewhere. Drew is currently the Associate Online Community Producer at The Met, was recently honored by AIR Gallery as the recipient of their inaugural Feminist Curator Award, and was selected as one of the YBCA100 by the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.

This talk is part of the Mana BSMT residency program, which invites artist-curators to assemble a group of artists to work in the open-plan studio space in Mana’s basement. Participants are encouraged to curate their own programming, shaping the collaborative culture of the BSMT. They receive access to shared resources on the Mana campus, and are introduced to the many artists, gallerists, collectors, and curators who are part of the Mana community. The current selection is curated by Z Behl.

Following the talk, guests are invited to join us for a party to welcome Mana’s new BSMT Residents, featuring open studios and a live DJ set, plus BBQ and drinks. The Mana BSMT Residency is a collaborative, experimental program curated by guest artists. It is part of Mana BSMT, a new initiative located in the basement, designed to meet the needs of emerging artists.

Images: Azikiwe Mohammed in his studio at the Mana BSMT. Photo by Penn Eastburn;
Kimberly Drew. Photo by Kimberly Drew.