1:54 events and collaborations program

1:54 New York 2016 presents a series of special events and collaborations throughout the week of the fair, in addition to the FORUM and performance programs.

Transmissions: A partnership between the 12th Dakar Biennale and 1:54 New York 2016

1:54 has formed a partnership with the 12th edition of the Dakar Biennale (Dak’Art – Biennale de l’Art Africain Contemporain) for this edition. To celebrate the concurrence of the biennale’s opening week with 1:54 in New York, 1:54 is screening daily highlights from Dak’Art at Pioneer Works during the fair and simultaneously, daily highlights of the fair will be screened at Dak’Art during the biennale. As a cultural exchange between 1:54 and the current artistic activity in Dakar, the collaboration aims at mapping out the points of convergence between the two platforms.

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1:54 Lounge designed by Stephen Burks Man Made, in partnership with DEDON

For 1:54, Burks brings together several of his Material Compositions designs with his Ahnda lounge seating collection for outdoor furniture manufacturer Dedon. Many of these designs will be presented for the first time. Large-scale recycled carpets complete the lounge installation. Like islands of patchwork, color and pattern, the Material Composition Lounge is both functional and imaginative.

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Goodman Gallery to present new works by Misheck Masamvu in the 1:54 Lounge

Goodman Gallery will preview new works by Zimbabwean artist Misheck Masamvu ahead of his forthcoming exhibition at the Johannesburg gallery. Installed in the 1:54 Lounge, Masamvu’s paintings Taxi (2015) and Bottoms Up (2015) are part of a new body of work by the artist destined to culminate in a solo exhibition entitled Still.

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1:54 Bookstore at Pioneer Books

1:54’s pop-up Bookstore returns, featuring specialized and hard to find publications on contemporary African art, artist monographs, exhibition catalogues, magazines and journals.

All publications are available throughout the fair at Pioneer Books, on Pioneer Street & Van Brunt Street.

Book presentation and signing with Mickalene Thomas

Saturday, May 7, 12:00–1:30 PM
Pioneer Works, 2nd floor.
Entry is included in tickets to 1:54. RSVP at [email protected]

1:54, in partnership with Aperture will host a conversation between Mickalene Thomas and Lesley A. Martin (creative director of Aperture), followed by a signing of Mickalene Thomas’ recently published monograph Muse: Mickalene Thomas Photographs (Aperture, 2015) on Saturday, May 7 at 1:54. Selected photographs from the monograph will be installed in the space affording visitors the opportunity to meet the artist and view her works in print and in person.

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Book presentation and signing with Sue Williamson

Sunday, May 8, 4–5 PM
Pioneer Works, 2nd floor.
Entry is included in tickets to 1:54. RSVP at [email protected]

Axis Gallery, Goodman Gallery and Skira Editore will host a conversation with Sue Williamson and the art historian and curator Chika Okeke-Agulu. Sue Williamson: Life and Work (Skira Editore, 2015) brings together for the first time all the significant works of one of South Africa’s most highly respected and celebrated artists. The book contains an introduction by the award-winning journalist Mark Gevisser, and insightful contributions by leading historians Chika Okeke-Agulu and Ciraj Rassool, as well as former TRC committee member and scholar Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela.

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Garden Cafe by Chef Pierre Thiam, serving his delicious Senegalese-inspired menu

Chef, restaurateur, and cookbook author, Pierre Thiam was raised in Dakar, Senegal. Moving to New York in the late 1980s, Thiam opened his first restaurant, Yolele, a visionary African bistro in Fort Greene, Brooklyn in 2001. His second outlet, Le Grand-Dakar Restaurant followed, opening in neighboring Clinton Hill three years later; and quickly became a culinary and cultural locus. Currently he owns Pierre Thiam Catering, which introduces a diverse New York clientele to contemporary interpretations of African cuisine. Thiam has published two books: Senegal: Modern Senegalese Recipes from the Source to the Bowl and Yolele! Recipes from the Heart of Senegal.

Clocktower Radio curates an African Series

Clocktower Radio will curate a week-long series of artists interviews and music programs exploring African and African Diaspora art, culture, and music, on air during the week of the fair.

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Second Sundays

Second Sundays is a monthly series of open studios, live music, and site-specific interventions presented by Pioneer Works the second Sunday of every month. The series showcases artists in residence along with musical performances and DJs, curated by Olivier Conan.

On Sunday, May 8, in collaboration with 1:54, Second Sundays will feature performances by musician Osei Korankye, the captivating flag bearer of Ghana’s Seperewa tradition – an instrument that has largely faded from common usage, but lovingly revived by Korankye; and the Mandingo Ambassadors, a troupe fronted by griot-guitarist Mamady Kouyaté following the great tradition of Guinean Afro-jazz.

1:54 New York 2015 © Sasha Arutyunova
1:54 New York 2015 © Sasha Arutyunova

Pioneer Works Artist-in-Residence: Omar Victor Diop – CANCELLED

We regret to announce that Omar Victor Diop will no longer be joining us at 1:54 New York 2016.

Born in 1980, Senegal, Diop lives and works in Dakar. His corpus of work includes fashion and advertising photography, which he often integrates with other forms, such as costume design and fashion styling. Diop reconfigures established portraiture methods introduced by resident African portraitists such as the late Malick Sidibé, through producing intelligent ‘re-castings’ of portraits of influential African subjects, alongside wider references to art history, popular culture, and cult cinema.

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