1-54 FORUM 2017 in New York: Eungie Joo in discussion with Charles Gaines, Malik Gaines and Alexandro Segade ©KatrinaSorrentino

Register to attend 1-54 Forum New York, the fair’s online programme of panels and artists talks running from 18 May to 2 June.

The Vehicles and the Vessels*

This year’s edition of 1-54 Forum will consider the role of the artists and creative spaces as vehicles and vessels that share our human narratives and as chroniclers of our accomplishments and failures. The programme draws from a quote by Dindga McCannon, whose work is on display at Knotted Ties, that describes artists as ‘just the vehicle or the vessel that this creativity is going through… I’m doing what’s necessary for the pieces, for the story that I have to tell.’* How do artists (re)tell human stories and lessons learnt? Do creatives pass these narratives on with only little interference, like a vessel? Do they drive them on pre-existing paths or tread them to new grounds and destinations?

Poignantly, this programme takes place following a year of outrage, conversations and initiatives fuelled by recurrent tragedies, that previously received little attention, such as the deaths of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and many other individuals. It also follows new upheavals, such as the pandemic, that both presented new existential struggles, but also laid bare deep and systemic disparities.

1-54 Forum will focus on narrative dissemination through visual art and the role of creative spaces in (re)telling as futures are mapped and built in the erraticism of the present.

*Oral History Project: Dindga McCannon by Philip Glahn


Tuesday, 18 May

1pm EST / 6pm BST / 7pm South Africa

Artist Talk with the 2021 Ritzau Art Prize Winner

With an introduction by COLLEEN RITZAU LETH, founder of the Ritzau Art Prize, join KNEO MOKGOPA (Advocacy Manager, Nelson Mandela Foundation) as they speak with this year’s Ritzau Art Prize winner about their work and practice. The Ritzau Art Prize is an award supporting extraordinary artists from the African continent with three-month career-enhancing residencies at International Studio & Curatorial Program (ISCP) in New York City supported by Tauck Ritzau Innovative Philanthropy. The winner will be announced on Monday, 17 May.

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Dindga McCannon, The Coronation of Queen Mother Moore, 2015, Mixed media quilt, 30 x 37 in. Courtesy of Fridman Gallery.


Wednesday, 19 May

1pm EST / 6pm BST

Threading Histories: Dindga McCannon and Tina Williams Brewer in Conversation

World-renowned artists DINDGA MCCANNON and TINA WILLIAMS BREWER have taken quilting and storytelling practices to new realms, memorialising African American histories as they do. Led by curator and art historian KILOLO LUCKETT, McCannon and, Williams Brewer will explore their work in Knotted Ties as well as their work more broadly within the context of quilting practices in the US.

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Friday, 21 May

1pm EST / 6pm BST

A Reflection: The arts in the time of the Black lives matter movement

Join DESTINEE ROSS-SUTTON (ROSS-SUTTON Gallery), RUDY SHEPHERD (Artist) EVERETTE TAYLOR (CMO, Artsy) and CLAUDE GRUNITZKY (Founder, True Africa) as they reflect on a year of art world practices following the protests against police brutality and broader racial inequalities in the wake of George Floyd’s murder. Are we witnessing change or statements unkept? Where there has been change, how is this materialising and set to change the future of the art world and beyond?

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HOA Galaria. Courtesy of the gallery.


Thursday, 27 May

1pm EST / 6pm BST / 2pm São Paulo

THE BLACK FILE: Perspectives of the Contemporary Afro-Brazilian Art

Join IGI LOLA AYEDUN (Artist and Founder, HOA Galeria), CAROLLINA LAURIANO (Independent Curator and Co-curator, 13th Mercosul Biennial) and THIAGO DE PAULA SOUZA (Curator and Researcher) as they discuss the importance of contemporary Afro-Brazilian art to Black art scenes globally and how it’s full potential locally and globally can be reached through the art market and institutional frameworks.

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Wednesday, 2 June

1pm EST / 6pm BST

Artist Talk with Timothy Washington

Join artist TIMOTHY WASHINGTON and curator KILOLO LUCKETT as they discuss Washington’s recent work and practice for his solo exhibition, INDUCTION & SUSPICION, currently on view at Duane Thomas Gallery. Alongside they will also be discussing Washington’s life and work in ‘60s and ‘70s Los Angeles as a central figure in the Black Arts Movement that comprised of artists such as Charles White, David Hammons, Betye Saar, Noah Purifoy, John Outterbridge, and Senga Nengudi, amongst others.

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Timothy Washington, Red Apple, 2009, Mixed media collage on silk screen, 106 x 155 cm. Courtesy Duane Thomas Gallery.

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