Dexter Wimberly, curator of this summer's Crown Heights Goldexhibition, will moderate a lively, unscripted Artist Talk featuring Fiona Gardner and Kenya (Robinson). With Wimberly as host, these two dynamic artists will be interviewed simultaneously in an unrehearsed, spontaneous "talk show" format. They will discuss their artistic practices and their new performance piece, which was created collaboratively for the Crown Heights Gold exhibit. This program will take place in BHS's first floor program space and is free and open to the public.
Fiona Gardner is a New York based artist/photographer. She received a BFA in painting from Rhode Island School of Design in 1999, studied at the New England School of Photography, and graduated with an MFA in photography from Columbia in 2004. Since 2006, she has worked at The New York Times Magazine. Her work focuses on the lives and experiences of women. Her work has been exhibited in New York at the Black & White Gallery, Rush Art Gallery, and Sean Kelly Gallery. Her work has also been shown in the Young American Artists of Today show in Moscow. Her photographs have appeared in The New York Times. She won the Agnes Martin Award for Outstanding Work in Columbia’s Graduate Arts Program and a Vermont Studio Center fellowship in 2003.
Kenya (Robinson) is a self-taught artist from Gainesville, Florida. A past resident of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council's WorkSpace Program (2009-2010) and the 2010 Triangle Arts Workshop, her sculptural work has been exhibited at The Museum of Contemporary Diasporan Arts, The Jersey City Museum, The Aljira Center for Contemporary Art and The 60 Wall Street Gallery of Deutsche Bank. In addition, her performances have been featured at The Kitchen, Rush Arts Gallery, MoMA PS1, The DUMBO Arts Festival, Recess Activities Inc., Cabinet Space and in the Home Section of The New York Times. She lives and works in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn and New Haven, CT.