The Cerebral Women podcast takes listeners on a cerebral journey into the visual art world.

Episodes feature an array of artists, mainly artists of color and female artists as well as art advisors, collectors, critics, curators, gallerists and museum professionals.

 

Listeners are offered unique opportunities to better understand the artist’s narrative as they hear their insights and perspectives on various subjects. In addition, listeners will have an opportunity to hear art professionals share their experiences, challenges and joys of working with artists and navigating the visual art world.

 

Cerebral Women Art Talks Podcast is independently produced. If you enjoy the show and want to support it, you can donate here.

EPISODE THIRTY

Photo credit: Nicole Awai
Photo credit: Nicole Awai

A Conversation with Nicole Awai

Awai earned her Master’s Degree in Multimedia Art from the University of South Florida in 1996. She attended the Showhegan School of Painting and Sculpture residency in 1997 and was artist in residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 2000. Awai was a featured artist in the 2005 Initial Public Offerings series at the Whitney Museum of American Art and was awarded the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant in 2011 and an Art Matters Grant in 2012. Her work has been included in seminal museum exhibitions including Greater New York: New Art in New York Now, at P.S. 1/ MOMA (2000), the Biennale of Ceramic in Contemporary Art, Italy (2003), Open House: Working in Brooklyn (2004), Infinite Island: Contemporary Caribbean Art (2007) both at the Brooklyn Museum; the 2008 Busan Biennale in Korea; The Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA II, A Getty Initiative exhibitions Circles and Circuits I: History and Art of the Chinese Caribbean at the California African American Museum and Circles and Circuits II: Contemporary Art of the Chinese Caribbean at the Chinese American Museum, along with Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago at the Museum of Latin American Art and the High Line Network exhibition New Monuments for New Cities. Her work has also been exhibited at the Queens Museum, Kemper Museum of Contemporary, Portland Museum of Art, Delaware Art Museum, Philip Frost Art Museum FIU, the Vilcek Foundation and the Biennale of the Caribbean in Aruba(2013). Other recent exhibitions include Splotch at Sperone Westwater, NY. Figuring the Floral, Wave Hill, NY; Summer Affairs at Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX and Nicole Awai: Envisioning the Liquid Land at Lesley Heller Gallery, NY. Awai was a Critic at the Yale School of Art in the Department of Painting and Printmaking from 2009-2015 and is currently faculty in the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin. Awai is represented by Barbara Davis Gallery in Houston, TX.

https://www.nicoleawai.com/

Vista 9: Flashback – Now You See Me Pounce! Acrylic paint, nail polish, resin, molded plastic form, bubble wrap, polyester netting, construction foam, metal angle line, graphite and Ink on synthetic paper. Approx. 24” x 31” x 12” 2016
Vista 9: Flashback – Now You See Me Pounce! Acrylic paint, nail polish, resin, molded plastic form, bubble wrap, polyester netting, construction foam, metal angle line, graphite and Ink on synthetic paper. Approx. 24” x 31” x 12” 2016

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EPISODE TWENTY NINE

Photo credit: Maya Kalima
Photo credit: Maya Kalima

A Conversation with Ferrari Sheppard

Ferrari Sheppard spends his time working on contemplative, timeless paintings. A sense of movement can often be found in his work, allowing the viewer to feel immersed in an active moment. Stylistically, the artist brings forth a sense of meditative stillness. The paintings organically blur the line between figuration and abstraction.

Sheppard is a contemporary artist based in Los Angeles. He has travelled extensively and lived in various cities in Africa. His paintings reflect a dimension of time and space that gracefully shuttles between otherworldly yet familiar, nostalgic, yet present. The artist has been featured as a guest lecturer at various universities and cultural institutions across the United States, Canada, and Ethiopia, including The African Union in Addis Ababa (2014), and Harvard Law (2015). His highly anticipated solo exhibition titled. Heroines of Innocence is set to open to the public on September 12 2020 at Wilding Cran Gallery in Los Angeles.

https://www.ferrarisheppard.com/

https://www.cfhill.com/ferrari-sheppard

https://outlet.fyi/2020/04/06/artnoir-presents-virtual-visits-w-ferrari-sheppard/

Reclining Nude (2020) 24k gold, acrylic and charcoal on canvas 58.2 in. by 72 in.
Reclining Nude (2020) 24k gold, acrylic and charcoal on canvas 58.2 in. by 72 in.

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EPISODE TWENTY EIGHT

Photo credit: Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries.
Photo credit: Courtesy of Swann Auction Galleries.

A Conversation with Nigel Freeman

Nigel Freeman is the director of the African-American Fine Art department at Swann Auction Galleries. He founded the department in the fall of 2006, and since then has set numerous auction records for important African-American artists, including John Biggers, Elizabeth Catlett, Beauford Delaney, Sargent Johnson, Hughie Lee-Smith, Faith Ringgold and Carrie Mae Weems. Many were the result of significant institutional purchases. The department has also held the single-owner auctions of the estate of Dr. Maya Angelou and the collections of the Golden State Mutual Life Insurance Company and the Johnson Publishing Company, Swann’s first white glove auction. Swann is the only major auction house with a department dedicated to African-American Fine Art.

Outside of Swann, Nigel is a print appraiser on the PBS television show Antiques Roadshow. He has lectured on the subject of African-American art at the Detroit Institute of Arts, the Rhode Island School of Design Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem and the South Side Community Art Center in Chicago. He has also been interviewed by such magazines as The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Art+Auction, Art and Antiques, The Art Newspaper and on the BBC and National Public Radio.

Nigel entered the auction world in 1997 with a background in fine art as a painter and printmaker after earning a Master of Fine Arts degree from Columbia University in 1991, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Art from Brown University in 1989. Previously, Nigel was the associate director of Swann’s Prints & Drawings department.

https://www.swanngalleries.com/

https://www.swanngalleries.com/news/african-american-fine-art/2019/12/african-american-art-from-the-johnson-publishing-company/

https://news.artnet.com/market/johnson-publishing-white-glove-auction-1766616

https://www.pbs.org/wgbh/roadshow/appraisers/nigel-freeman/

https://www.culturetype.com/2014/02/11/culture-talk-swanns-nigel-freeman-on-early-african-american-art/

Swann logo
Swann logo

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EPISODE TWENTY SEVEN

Portrait Photo Credit: Nina Subin
Portrait Photo Credit: Nina Subin

A Conversation with Philemona Williamson

Philemona Williamson is a narrative painter. She’s exhibited her work
for over 25 years at the June Kelly Gallery in NYC and recently, at
her mid-career retrospective at the Montclair Art Museum in NJ. Her
narrative paintings deal with gender, race and adolescence. She is the
recipient of numerous awards and residencies including the Joan
Mitchell Foundation, Pollock Krasner, National Endowment For The Arts,
New York Foundation For The Arts and Millay Colony. Her work has been
shown in solo and group exhibitions throughout the USA and abroad, She
is represented in numerous private and public collections, including
The Montclair Art Museum; The Kalamazoo Art Institute The Mint Museum
of Art; Smith College Museum of Art; Hampton University Museum;
Sheldon Art Museum; Mott-Warsh Art Collection, and AT&T. Her public
work is part of the MTA Arts For Transit Program, the MTA Poetry In
Motion and — for the NYC School Authority — a mosaic mural in the
Glenwood Campus School. She currently teaches painting at Pratt
Institute and Hunter College in NYC. Philemona also created a series
of paintings for the children’s book “Lubaya’s Quiet Roar” coming out
in October from Penguin Random House.

Please review the links below for additional information

https://www.philemonawilliamson.com/

http://www.junekellygallery.com/williamson/

http://origin.www.annazorinagallery.com/exhibitions/sit-still-self-portraits-in-the-age-of-distraction/slideshow?view=slider#26

https://www.montclairartmuseum.org/exhibition/philemona-williamson-metaphorical-narratives

https://baristanet.com/2020/06/look-inside-the-artists-studio-as-montclair-art-museum-launches-mam-conversations-series/

http://web.mta.info/mta/aft/permanentart/permart.html?agency=nyct&line=L&artist=1&station=3

Here I Hold Becoming, 2019-2020 oil on canvas 48 x 60 in (121.9 x 152.4 cm)
Here I Hold Becoming, 2019-2020 oil on canvas 48 x 60 in (121.9 x 152.4 cm)

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EPISODE TWENTY SIX

Photo Credit Isabel Morales at the Museum of Natural History in Paris.
Photo Credit Isabel Morales at the Museum of Natural History in Paris.

A Conversation with Alexis de Chaunac

Episode Twenty-Six features Mexican-French emerging artist Alexis de Chaunac. He was born in New York City and raised in Mexico City and Paris. As a child living in Mexico, he grew up surrounded by his mother’s family and his grandparent’s friends which included Mexican artists, intellectuals, historians, poets, diplomats, and writers.

These brilliant minds had a profound impact on Alexis at an early age and as a result, he draws from subjects such as literature, religion, art history and politics which overlap with his interests that include natural sciences, biology and botany.

In April 2019, he exhibited at Sargent’s Daughters Gallery in New York. Alexis has also exhibited through group and solo shows in major museums in Mexico (Museo Carrillo Gil, Pinacoteca Diego Rivera) and at Zona MACO art fair in Mexico City.

After receiving his BA from Sarah Lawrence College, Alexis is currently pursuing his MFA in the Painting and Drawing department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Below are several links about Alexis de Chaunac’s work and those that influenced him as a child. Also included is the Jerry Saltz New York Magazine story stating that the exhibition “Vida Americana: Mexican Muralists Remake American Art, 1925–1945” at the Whitney Museum was one of the most relevant shows of the 21st century.

Enjoy.

https://www.alexisdechaunac.com/
http://columbiajournal.org/years-friendship-alexis-de-chaunac/
https://www.artsy.net/article/artsy-editorial-how-trilingual-painter-alexis-de-chaunac-wrestles-with
https://www.whitewall.art/art/alexis-de-chaunac-a-dance-with-life-death
https://www.vulture.com/2020/02/vida-americana-the-most-relevant-show-of-the-21st-century.html

Influencers include
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jos%C3%A9_Luis_Cuevas
https://www.nytimes.com/1971/05/08/archives/cuevas-displays-his-mastery-of-line.html
https://hammer.ucla.edu/radical-women/artists/ximena-cuevas
https://www.imdb.com/name/nm7533624/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Octavio_Paz
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homero_Aridjis

Darwin in contact with nature, 2019, ink, watercolor, wax, pigment and color pencils on paper, 18.5 x 11.5 in (47 x 29 cm)
Darwin in contact with nature, 2019, ink, watercolor, wax, pigment and color pencils on paper, 18.5 x 11.5 in (47 x 29 cm)

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EPISODE TWENTY FIVE

Photo Credit: Dario Calmese
Photo Credit: Dario Calmese

A Conversation with Jasmine Wahi

Jasmine Wahi is the Holly Block Social Justice Curator at the Bronx Museum, an Activist, TEDx Speaker, and a Founder and Co-Director of Project for Empty Space. Her practice predominantly focuses on issues of femme empowerment, complicating binary structures within social discourses, and exploring multipositional cultural identities through the lens of intersectional feminism.

In 2010, Ms. Wahi Co-Founded Project For Empty Space, a not-for-profit organization that creates multidisciplinary art exhibitions and programming that encourage social dialogue, education, and systemic change through the support of both artists and communities.

Though she does not consider herself to be an artist, Ms. Wahi has organized numerous interventions and happenings as part of her social activist work. In 2018, she served as the Co-Chair “Rape, Radicality, and Representation” for the College Art Association’s “Day of Panels” with The Feminist Art Project (TFAP). organizing a day of intersectional feminist-based performances, films, and conversations. In 2019, she spoke at TEDxNJIT on the idea of Resilience. In 2020, she curated the two-part exhibition Abortion Is Normal, which received wide critical acclaim, and will be touring cross country as part of a campaign to get out the vote.

Ms. Wahi’s curatorial work has been featured in the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Art News, Art Forum, Hyperallergic, Bloomberg, VICE, and NOWTHIS, to name a few.

http://www.jasminewahi.com/

https://www.artnews.com/art-news/news/jasmine-wahi-bronx-museum-of-the-arts-1202678209/

http://www.projectforemptyspace.org/team

https://www.artforum.com/news/bronx-museum-hires-jasmine-wahi-as-holly-block-social-justice-curator-82212

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jasmine_Wahi

http://gallerygurls.net/art-convos/2017/9/24/in-conversation-with-jasmine-wahi?rq=jasmine%20wahi

https://hyperallergic.com/539075/an-art-exhibition-reminds-us-that-abortion-is-normal/

2016 Solo Exhibition with David Antonio Cruz at Project for Empty Space
2016 Solo Exhibition with David Antonio Cruz at Project for Empty Space

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EPISODE TWENTY FOUR

Photo Credit: Sabrina Gruber
Photo Credit: Sabrina Gruber

A Conversation with Marcus Jansen

Episode Twenty–Four features Marcus Jansen. Over the last twenty-five years he has pioneered a raw concentrated reality in his often socially and politically charged critical landscape works. His unique oeuvre serves as an emotive and insightful critique of the contemporary American and global political and sociological landscape.

A former U.S. Army soldier turned combatant for the avant-garde, the child of a West Indian mother and raised by a German father, Jansen spent his youth between New York City and Monchengladbach, Germany. Influenced early on by the rebellious gestures of the 1980s graffiti movement in America, it was the Desert Storm offensive which permanently altered the artist’s mode of perception and manner of expression. “Painting,” states Jansen, “is the most intimate act of war “. Admiring those who valiantly rejected oppression through the action of marking space in paint, he would make his start peddling his paintings on the sidewalks of Manhattan’s SoHo district after his military discharge in 1997.

Jansen’s paintings have been included in several international and solo exhibitions. His work is also in private and public collections and several corporations have commissioned work.

He founded the Marcus Jansen Foundation Fund, which assists low-income community organizations in SouthWest Florida by enhancing their cultural awareness through art and music, as well as support organizations that help veterans diagnosed with PTSD seeking art as a way to express.

Jansen works from his studio Headquarters in Port Morris, South Bronx, New York and Fort Myers, Florida.

A 2016 documentary film by John Scoula features Marcus Jansen – ‘Examine and Report’ is available on Amazon.  Please share this link and episode with veterans who may be struggling with their wounds of war.

Links for details below about Marcus Jansen and upcoming exhibitions.

www.marcusjansen.com

https://www.amazon.com/Marcus-Jansen-Examine-Report/dp/B077YR9ZCQ

https://fortmyers.floridaweekly.com/articles/hes-big/

https://charlottecounty.floridaweekly.com/articles/hes-big/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marcus_Jansen

www.unitaspace.com

https://www.rollins.edu/cornell-fine-arts-museum/exhibitions/2020/marcus-jansen-e-pluribus-unum.html

Bedroom #3 Oil enamel, mixed media on canvas 48" x 48" 2018
Bedroom #3 Oil enamel, mixed media on canvas 48" x 48" 2018

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EPISODE TWENTY THREE

Image Credit: Chris Edwards
Image Credit: Chris Edwards

A Conversation with Brittney Leeanne Williams

Episode Twenty-Three features Brittney Leeanne Williams a Chicago-based artist, originally from Los Angeles. Her work has been exhibited in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Miami (Untitled Art Fair), and Venice, Italy (Venice Biennale), as well as in Chicago and throughout the Midwest. Williams attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2017) and The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2008-09). She is a Joan Mitchell Foundation grant recipient. Williams was a 2017-2018 artist-in-residence at the University of Chicago (CSRPC/Arts + Public Life) and has held residencies at Chicago Artists Coalition (HATCH Projects) and Hyde Park Art Center (The Center Program). Her set design for the short film Self-Deportation has been featured at film festivals nationwide and internationally, including Anthology Film Archives (NYC) and the Pineapple Underground Film Festival (Hong Kong).

Brittney is currently in a group show at the Anna Zorina Gallery titled ‘Sit Still: Self Portraits in the Age of Distraction’ curated by Patty Horing and Deborah Brown. June 18th – August 15th.

Welcome and Enjoy!

http://www.brittneyleeannewilliams.com/

https://joanmitchellfoundation.org/artist-programs/artist-grants/painter-sculptors/2018/brittney-leeanne-williams

https://www.hydeparkart.org/directory/brittney-leeanne-williams-2/

https://elephant.art/brittney-leeanne-williams-deep-red-paintings-signal-female-trauma-01052020/

Naomi and Ruth-No Beginning and No End. 2019
Naomi and Ruth-No Beginning and No End. 2019

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EPISODE TWENTY TWO

Photo credit: Greyson Tarantino
Photo credit: Greyson Tarantino

A Conversation with Sean Green

Episode Twenty-Two features Sean Green. Born in Jamaica and raised in Toronto, Sean Green holds a BA in Computer Science from York University. Since graduating in 2011, Sean has been the consummate entrepreneur following his instincts, which eventually lead him to the business of art. Based in Los Angeles, Sean oversees all aspects of ARTERNAL’s evolution, in partnership with his co-founders.

Founded in 2015, ARTERNAL, was the first technology company to focus exclusively on bringing Client Relationship Management (CRM) technology to the art world. Sean’s goal was simple: to provide a unified resource that allows the art professional to focus on what they do best – sell art and deepen relationships with their clients. ARTERNAL is now an all-in-one platform providing Revenue & Relationship Management; Tracking client engagement streamlined with inventory management tools to optimize workflow and drive sales.

Recent global events have forced dealers to revisit their model, focusing on digital platforms to sell art. As an entrepreneur in the Art + Technology industry, Sean is dedicated to providing leading software solutions to develop alongside the art market’s demands.

https://arternal.com/

https://blog.arternal.com/behind-the-white-wall

https://news.artnet.com/

https://www.linkedin.com/in/seanartgreen/

Isaih arternal logo
Isaih arternal logo

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EPISODE TWENTY ONE

Sarah Workneh
Sarah Workneh

A Conversation with Sarah Workneh

Episode Twenty-One features Sarah Workneh. 2020 marks her 10th year as Co-Director at Skowhegan. Prior to her tenure, Sarah was the Associate Director of Ox-Bow for 9 years. Primarily focused on the educational program, and off-season programming with Alumni, Sarah leads all efforts to support artists in the expansion of their practices. Understanding the holistic nature of the program, Sarah oversees the admissions process, facilities usage and expansion under Skowhegan’s Master Plan, as well as the educational daily life on campus. Sarah has published a variety of texts — most recently an essay on participatory education and a catalog essay on radical education published by the New Museum. She serves on the boards of Colby College Museum of Art, RAIR in Philadelphia, and the Somerset County Cultural Planning Commission. She is currently partnering with Linda Goode Bryant & Project Eats to convert an urban farm to a food pantry in Brownsville, NYC.

Please see additional information about Sarah Workneh.

https://www.skowheganart.org/

https://www.wassaicproject.org/events/2020-05-28-ask-a-residency-director-with-sarah-workneh

http://amt.parsons.edu/finearts/visitingcritics/sarah-workneh/

https://www.portlandmuseum.org/magazine/sarah-workneh-storiesofmaine

http://projecteats.org/

Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture
Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture

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