Please join us for a conversation between artist Jacolby Satterwhite and writer, critic and educator Sasha Bonét. The conversation is a celebration of the launch of Satterwhite’s first major monograph, How lovly is me being as I am which is a companion to his current exhibition, Spirits Roaming on the Earth currently on view at Miller Institute for Contemporary Art.
The conversation will conclude with music from Satterwhite’s album Love Will Find A Way Home, a cash bar and an opportunity to purchase a signed copy (an edition of 50) of How lovly is me being as I am.
We encourage our guests to visit Satterwhite’s exhibition at the Miller ICA in advance of the program. Miller ICA is on the Carnegie Mellon University campus and is three blocks from the museum!
To learn more about the artist, exhibition, and publication please visit Miller ICA.
About the Book
Jacolby Satterwhite: How lovly is me being as I am
Edited by Elizabeth Chodos and Andrew Durbin. Preface by Elizabeth Chodos. Introduction by Andrew Durbin. Contributions by Sasha Bonét, Malik Gaines, Jane Ursula Harris, Legacy Russell, Kimberly Drew. Book design by Sonia Yoon. Cover photography © Henry Leutwyler 2021
This is the first comprehensive survey on Satterwhite’s work and companion monograph to Spirits Roaming on the Earth, on view through December 5, 2021.
Jacolby Satterwhite (born 1986), is celebrated for his prolific conceptual practice that engages a wide range of media to create layered and exuberant 3D animated films, immersive installations, sculptures, electronic dance tracks and performances. Satterwhite draws on diverse influences that include modernism, gaming, queer theory, mythology and Black culture, and possesses a special ability to turn existential uncertainty into a generative engine of resilience, reinvention and celebration—a quality he shares with his late mother and muse, Patricia Satterwhite. In her diagrams for visionary household products and recordings of ethereal vocals, she leveraged her own irrepressible creativity to transform hardship into new worlds of possibility. A world-builder himself, Satterwhite’s multiform gestalt can be fully appreciated for the first time through this exhibition and companion monograph. Mapping this holistic view of Satterwhite’s masterful synthesis of personal, theoretical and pop-cultural influences across a wide range of materials and genres, this book affirms his position as one of the preeminent makers and thinkers of our time.
Jacolby Satterwhite was born in 1986 in Columbia, South Carolina. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Arts, Baltimore and his MFA from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. Satterwhite’s work has been presented in numerous exhibitions and festivals internationally, including most recently at Haus der Kunst, Munich (2021); Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (2021); Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, OH (2021); Fabric Workshop and Museum, Philadelphia (2019); Pioneer Works, New York (2019); Whitechapel Gallery, London (2019); Museum of Modern Art, New York (2019); Minneapolis Institute of Art (2019); Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2018); Fondation Louis Vuitton, Paris (2018); New Museum, New York (2017); Public Art Fund, New York (2017); San Francisco Museum of Art, San Francisco (2017); and Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia (2017). He was awarded the United States Artist Francie Bishop Good and David Horvitz Fellowship in 2016. His work is included in the collections of the Museum of Contemporary Art Kiasma, Helsinki; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; and the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, among others. In 2019, Satterwhite collaborated with Solange Knowles on her visual album, “When I Get Home.”
Sasha Bonét is a writer, critic, and educator living in New York City. While employing various mediums for storytelling, Bonét’s work explores the ways in which race, gender, and art influence cultural norms and the ways we experience them. With an anthropological approach, Bonét shifts from criticism to profiles to poetry with one objective in mind, to illuminate the nuances of humanity. Bonét is currently at work on a collection of non-fiction narrative essays on Memory + Motherhood in America. She studied at Columbia University’s creative writing MFA program. She currently teaches as an assistant professor at Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Barnard’s English department and part-time at The New School’s Parsons School of Design photography BFA department.