Artists in Dialogue | Featuring “Multiplicity” Artists Tomashi Jackson & Nguyen Smith Thursday, May 2, 2024 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Artists in Dialogue | Featuring “Multiplicity” Artists

May 2, 2024
This Artists in Dialogue session features artists Khalil Tomashi Jackson and Nguyen Smith discussing their work from the exhibition Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage

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About the Speakers
Tomashi Jackson combines painting, printmaking, and sculpture with archival research in areas of public infrastructure policy. The work interrogates intersections between formal languages of visual art and political languages driving histories of segregation, voting rights, education, transportation, labor, and housing in the United States. Jackson’s work is included in collections such as the Guggenheim Museum, Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art, Baltimore Museum of Art, High Museum of Art, Carnegie Institute, Pérez Art Museum, and Studio Museum in Harlem. She lives and works in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

Nguyen Smith is a Caribbean American artist who works primarily in mixed-media drawing, assemblage, and performance. In his practice he is interested in world-building through the lens of Blackness, informed by ritual, memory, language, history, and art-making processes that prioritize the use of previously used materials, the body, and play. His work has been presented at the Pérez Art Museum, Blanton Museum, Frist Art Museum, Newark Museum, and Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among other institutions. He is based in Jersey City, New Jersey.

This series is funded by the Frank and Eleanor Freed Lecture Endowment.

All Learning and Interpretation programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive generous support from Macey and Harry Reasoner; the Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; and the Texas Commission on the Arts. Endowment funds are provided by the Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest; Caroline Wiess Law; Windgate Foundation; the William Randolph Hearst Foundation; Cyvia and Melvyn Wolff; the National Endowment for the Humanities; the Fondren Foundation; BMC Software, Inc.; the Wallace Foundation; the Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund; Mr. and Mrs. A. L. Ballard; Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Tate; the Eleanor and Frank Freed Foundation; Virginia and Ira Jackson; the Favrot Fund; CFP Foundation; Neiman Marcus Youth Arts Education; gifts in memory of John Wynne; gifts in memory of Peter Lotz; and gifts in honor of Beth Schneider.

On Thursdays, admission to the MFAH Permanent Collections is free, courtesy of Shell USA, Inc.

“Multiplicity: Blackness in Contemporary American Collage” was organized by the Frist Art Museum, Nashville, Tennessee.

Support for the national exhibition tour is provided by generous grants from the Henry Luce Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Generous support is provided by:
Bettie Cartwright
Texas Capital
Jereann and Holland Chaney

JBD Foundation
Lisa and Barron Wallace
 W. Dale
DIR Inc./Drs. Russell H. and Rosalind C. Jackson
Jay Jones and Terry Wayne Jones
Merinda Watkins-Martin and Reginald Martin
Ann and Alton McDowell

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