Julia Brown: Our Color is Animal

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On view May 30-Sept. 3, 2017

Julia Brown: Our Color is Animal is organized around a selection of works in video, sculpture, and painting that relate historical representations of blackness to the realm of domestic objects and domesticated animals.

Julia Brown (b. 1978) creates works exploring the politics of looking, the body as a site of cultural conflict, and the problems of representation. She has exhibited in New York at Cabinet, Brooklyn, Ogilvy + Mather, Art in General, The Kitchen, Scaramouche Gallery, Harvestworks Media Festival, Talman + Monroe, LMAK Projects; in Los Angeles at LACE, Public Fiction, and Supersonic at Barnsdall Gallery; in Houston at Project Row Houses and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; in Dallas at McKinney Avenue Contemporary, the Pollock Gallery at SMU, and Fort Worth Contemporary Arts at TCU; The Ulrich Museum of Art, Wichita; The Frye Art Museum, Seattle; Real Art Ways, Hartford; internationally at The Gallery Apart, Rome, Via Farini, Milan, Kunsthalle Dusseldorf, Form Video, London, and Blank Projects, Cape Town.

Brown received her MFA from the California Institute of the Arts in 2006 and her BA in studio art from Williams College in 2000. She was a 2010 recipient of the Epson Prize and the 2006 recipient of the Dedalus Foundation MFA Painting Award. She has attended numerous residencies including The Core Program, The Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship, The Whitney Independent Study Program, the Fondazione Ratti, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, and was a two time Visual Arts Fellow at the Fine Arts Work Center.

Julia Brown: Our Color is Animal is organized by Blaffer Art Museum, University of Houston, and curated by Claudia Schmuckli, Curator-in-Charge, Contemporary Art and Programming, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.

Image: Julia Brown, American Vernacular, 2007 Color video, sound, TRT 4:31 min


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