EventApril 7, 2022, 6:30–8pm
ISCP 2022 Spring Fundraiser: Meleko Mokgosi and Antwaun Sargent in Conversation
Tickets are now available for purchase for ISCP’s 2022 Spring Fundraiser: Meleko Mokgosi and Antwaun Sargent in Conversation.
Meleko Mokgosi, artist and Yale University Associate Professor of Painting and Drawing will discuss his art practice, career trajectory as an artist from Botswana and the value of artists’ residencies, with Antwaun Sargent, writer, curator and director at Gagosian Gallery.
100% of the proceeds from this event will be dedicated to the Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund, in support of residencies for artists from Africa at ISCP. This Fund, named after ISCP’s founder and Trustee, Dennis Elliott, sponsors residencies for artists and curators from culturally underfunded parts of the world.
In addition, ISCP is pleased to announce that all ticket purchases and donations to the Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund, up to $20,000, will be matched thanks to the generosity of Adjani Okpu-Egbe.
Hors d’oeuvres and wine by Ali to You will be served throughout the evening.
About the speakers:
Meleko Mokgosi is an artist and Associate Professor at the Yale School of Art. His large-scale, figurative, and often text-based works engage history painting and cinematic tropes to uncover notions of colonialism, democracy, and liberation across African history. His recent body of work, Democratic Intuition (2013 – 2020), poses questions about ideas of the democratic in relation to the daily-lived experiences of the subjects that occupy southern Africa. Touching on the often-contradictory notions inherent in the concept and practice of democracy—the individual in the face of the collective, intuitive versus inscribed behaviors—Mokgosi probes the idiosyncratic ways in which democracy is reciprocated and unfolds across time. Mokgosi has been exhibited widely both nationally and internationally, including recent solo exhibitions at Pérez Art Museum Miami, Williams College Museum of Art, Rochester Contemporary Art Center, and Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester. His work is included in museum collections throughout the United States.
Antwaun Sargent is a writer, curator and Director at Gagosian Gallery. He is the author of The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion (Aperture 2019, the editor of Young, Gifted and Black: A New Generation of Artists (DAP 2020), and the May/June 2020 issue of Art in America magazine. His writing has appeared in The New York Times and New Yorker, and in museum and gallery publications for artists Mickalene Thomas, Arthur Jafa, Meleko Mokgosi, Nick Cave, Yinka Shonibare and Ed Clark, among many others. Recently, he was curator of Social Works, The New Black Vanguard and Young, Gifted and Black.
ISCP is grateful to the Board Fundraising Committee: Patricia L. Brundage (committee co-chair), Yng-Ru Chen, Karyn Issa Ginsberg-Greenwald, Karen Karp, Sophie O. Riese (committee co-chair), Lena Saltos, Arthur Zegelbone; and speakers Meleko Mokgosi and Antwaun Sargent for their support of the Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund.
Can’t attend? Please consider sponsoring a ticket for an artist or making a donation through GiveLively here. Pledges of $1,000 and above towards the Dennis Elliott Founder’s Fund will be acknowledged both on ISCP’s website and announced at the event.
- This event will take place in the Upper East Side, Manhattan. Exact address will be provided upon registration.
- Capacity is limited
- $175 of the ticket purchase is tax deductible
- Proof of COVID-19 vaccination will be required upon entry
- Further COVID-related protocols will be shared closer to the event