Curtis’s work is informed by her studies of natural and synthetic dyes, and the historical and social implications associated with them. The pieces in this show are made with indigo and madder root dyes, which played a role in the African slave trade. Indigo is used in North and West African, South American and Indian cultures, while salmon and beige-toned madder root is native to many parts of Europe and the Middle East. Both were grown under colonial powers and are deeply tied to the commodification of agriculture and human bodies within mercantile economies. In one instance Curtis uses synthetically dyed fabric to represent inner body muscles, tendons, and ligaments. The invention of synthetic dyes, while challenging ecosystems, was instrumental in ending slave labor and other abusive labor practices globally.
Group shows at Ceysson Gallery
Cult of the Crimson Queen, New York
February 05 - March 14, 2020Solo Exhibitions
, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY.
Empty is Run About Freely
, Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY. 2009 Joy Curtis, Klaus von Nichtssagend, Brooklyn, NY.
, HQ, Brooklyn, NY.
, Seigfred Gallery, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
, Black Box Theater, Cedar Falls, IA.
With Every Fiber
, Pelham Arts Center, Pelham, NY. (upcoming)
Cult of the Crimson Queen
, curated by Michelle Segre, Ceysson & Bénétière, New York, NY.
, Actor’s Fund Art Center, Brooklyn, NY
, Klaus von Nichtssagend Gallery, New York, NY
, organized by Christine Heindl, Songs for Presidents, Ridgewood, NY
Weight Over Time
, curated by Vincent Como, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY
, curated by Robert Otto Epstein, Matteawan Gallery, Beacon, NY.
Drawing for Sculpture
, curated by Courtney Puckett, Tiger Strikes Asteroid, Brooklyn, NY
, Sargent’s Daughters, New York, NY
, Location, Brooklyn, NY.
, Lu Magnus, New York, NY.
, Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT
, curated by Ethan Greenbaum and Eric Gleason, The Wassaic Project, Wassaic, NY
Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition
, Socrates Sculpture Park, Queens, NY
Temporary Antumbra Zone
, curated by Udora Hajimik, Janet Kurnatowski Gallery, Brooklyn, NY
, ZieherSmith, New York, NY.
Painting Comes Alive
, curated by Erik den Breejen, ArtJail, Brooklyn, NY.
, curated by Hrag Vartanian, Storefront, Brooklyn, NY.
, Nurture Art, Brooklyn, NY.
Time Bandits II
, Bushwick Open Spaces, Brooklyn, NY.
, Klaus von Nichtssagend, Brooklyn, NY.
, HQ, Brooklyn, NY.
Infrequently Asked Questions
, ISE Cultural Foundation, New York, NY.
, CRG Gallery, New York, NY.
In the Wake
, Triple Candie, New York, NY.
Ohio University Alumni Exhibition
, Ohio University, Athens, OH.
Unframed First Look
, Lehmann Maupin Gallery, New York, NY Curated by Ross
, Peter Halley, and Sue Williams.
, Seigfred Gallery, Athens, OH.