new renaissance sessions

A social sculpture that taps into the talents of fellow young Harlem artists living and working here today, new renaissance sessions is an apartment installation that functions as a gathering space for localized creative production. Inspired by historic Sugar Hill residents who opened their homes to musicians for public appreciation, new renaissance sessions is a series of intimate performances and readings scheduled over the course of the exhibition. My b&w portraits of the six invited artists hang alongside some of their visual artworks, adorning the apartment walls as their mixtapes and albums play on speakers in the space.

Below you can stream recordings of each live session featuring: a solo acoustic performance by James Tillman; Tamara Renée with members of her band; producer vhvl's live set with cassette tapes; a secret garden show by DonChristian; an artist talk and private portfolio viewing by Ivan Forde; and readings from an unreleased short story collection by Akeema-Zane.

// new renaissance sessions was commissioned for the site-specific exhibition "If You Build It," organized by No Longer Empty, June 25 – August 10, 2014 at the new Broadway Housing Communities’ affordable housing, educational and cultural arts mixed-use development on 155th Street and St. Nicholas Avenue. This group show featured new work by an exciting group of emerging and mid-career artists in a building designed by internationally-known African architect David Adjaye. *Special thanks to the Foundation for Contemporary Arts. [photo credit: Vincent Theodore. mastered by Yale Yng-Wong.] [photo credit: Vincent Theodore. mastered by Yale Yng-Wong.] [photo credit: Sonia Louise Davis. mastered by Yale Yng-Wong.] [photo credit: Sonia Louise Davis. mastered by Yale Yng-Wong.] [photo credit: Sonia Louise Davis. mastered by Yale Yng-Wong.] [photo credit: Courtney Moore. mastered by Yale Yng-Wong.]