1-54 Forum New York 2019. © Brittany Buongiorno

For the sixth consecutive year, 1-54 New York will be accompanied by 1-54 Forum, the fair’s acclaimed curated program of talks, performances and screenings that explores the work and practice of artists from Africa and its diaspora.

1-54 Forum New York 2019. © Brittany Buongiorno

Curated by Larry Ossei-Mensah and Dexter Wimberly the 1-54 Forum New York programme, FUTURE FACING, will focus on intergenerational dialogues and collaborations between individuals, throughout the African Diaspora, on the leading edge of art, culture, business and academia. This edition of 1-54 Forum builds on nearly a decade of collaborative curatorial projects between Ossei-Mensah and Wimberly. Through a cross-disciplinary approach, participants will hail from areas of the visual arts, performing arts, publishing, education, philanthropy, and beyond. In a time of global, socio-political, and environmental turmoil, the curators view this edition of Forum as an opportunity to look towards a shared future with a sense of optimism and collective responsibility.

1-54 Forum New York 2019. © Brittany Buongiorno

Ideally located opposite the Caldwell Factory and adjacent to the Highline at Rogue Space, 1-54 Forum will make use of the 2000sq/ft space to lead several talks and other interventions over two days of the fair, 8 – 9 May 2020. The full 1-54 Forum program will be announced in April 2020.

About Dexter Wimberly

Dexter Wimberly, Photo credit © Alexa Hoyer

Dexter Wimberly is an independent curator and entrepreneur who has organized exhibitions and developed programs with galleries and institutions throughout the world including The Third Line in Dubai; Contemporary Art Museum CAM Raleigh in North Carolina; The Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD) in San Francisco; Koki Arts in Tokyo; and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City. His exhibitions have been reviewed and featured in publications including The New York Times, Artforum, and Hyperallergic; and have received support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Wimberly has also served as Director of Strategic Planning at Independent Curators International in New York City. Prior to his curatorial career, Wimberly was the managing partner and CEO of the advertising agency, August Bishop, representing a diverse array of clients, including Adidas, The Coca-Cola Company and, HBO. Wimberly is a Senior Critic at New York Academy of Art. He is also the founder of ART WORLD CONFERENCE, a business and financial literacy conference for visual artists. He and ART WORLD CONFERENCE co-organizer, Heather Bhandari were recently listed in the Observer’s “Arts Power 50: Changemakers Shaping the Art World in 2019.”

About Larry Ossei-Mensah

Larry-Ossei Mensah, Photo credit © Miranda Barnes

Larry Ossei-Mensah uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic has organized exhibitions and programs at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome featuring such artists as Firelei Baez, Allison Janae Hamilton, Brendan Fernades, Ebony G. Patterson, Glenn Kaino and Stanley Whitney to name a few. Moreover, Ossei-Mensah has actively documented cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Federico Solmi, and Kehinde Wiley. Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class. Ossei-Mensah is a contributor to the first ever Ghanaian Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennial with an essay on the work of visual artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye. Ossei-Mensah is the former Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He recently co-curated with Dexter Wimberly the critically acclaimed exhibition at MOAD in San Francisco Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox co-curated. Ossei-Mensah is currently serves as guest curator at BAM’s Rudin Family Gallery where he curated the inaugural show featuring the work of Glenn Kaino and will be exhibiting the work of Tiona Nekkia McClodden in spring 2020. Fall 2020, Ossei-Mensah will be co-curating with Omsk Social Club 7th Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece.

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