James Cohan is proud to present Un/Common Proximity, a group exhibition featuring the works of the 2020-2021 NXTHVN Studio Fellowship artists: Allana Clarke, Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, Daniel T. Gaitor-Lomack, Esteban Ramón Pérez, Jeffrey Meris, Ilana Savdie, and Vincent Valdez. The exhibition is on view at the gallery’s Tribeca location, 48 Walker St, from June 10 through August 13. Un/Common Proximity is curated by 2020-2021 NXTHVN Curatorial Fellow, Claire Kim.
The title of this exhibition, Un/Common Proximity, refers to the artists’ unprecedented experience of living and working in close proximity with one another during a year punctuated by a landmark U.S. election, global pandemic, and national reckoning of systemic racial injustice. It also points to the ways in which all seven studio Fellows continued their practices under NXTHVN’s roof, creating work which purposefully and/or inadvertently responded to challenges that mark this tumultuous year. This exhibition highlights both individual discoveries as well as communal responses tackling themes of protection, healing, redemption, and intuitive processing that permeated throughout the studio walls.
Co-Founded by Titus Kaphar and Jason Price, NXTHVN is a new national arts model that empowers emerging artists and curators through education and access, while also accelerating professional careers in the arts. NXTHVN’s Curatorial and Studio Fellowships are made possible, in part, by support from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Ford Foundation, and the TOY family in memory of Yves (1988–2011).