Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine “progress” and its alternatives.Artist Bio
In 1900, The New York Times reported that six “tramps” formed an acrobatic pyramid, cut a hole in the ceiling, and escaped from the Middlesex County Jail in New Jersey. Working with trained and untrained actors, this body of work considers the precarious and resistant figure of the acrobat.
Steffani Jemison uses time-based, photographic, and discursive platforms to examine “progress” and its alternatives. Jemison’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. Solo exhibitions and commissions include: MASS MoCA, Jeu de Paume, CAPC Bordeaux, and the Museum of Modern Art. Group exhibitions include the Whitney Biennial 2019, the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Drawing Center, and others. Collaborative exhibitions include Western Front and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, and solo screenings include Lincoln Center and Gene Siskel Film Center. Her work is in the public collections of the Whitney Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Kadist Foundation and private collections. Jemison has completed many artist residencies and fellowships, including the Radcliffe Fellowship, the Rauschenberg Residency, the Sharpe-Walentas Studio Program, the Smack Mellon Artist Studio Program, the Studio Museum in Harlem, AIR, Denniston Hill, the International Studio and Curatorial Program, Project Row Houses, the Core Program at the Museum of Fine Arts Houston, and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. She was a 2017 NYFA Fellow in Video/Film.