Screening & Conversation: Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, Buzz Slutzky
647 Fulton St, Brooklyn, NY 11217, USA
Join us at BRIC House for a group screening of film and video by Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, and Buzz Slutzky. The selected works explore themes of authority, truth, autobiography, popular culture, consumption, violence, and desire.
The screening will be followed by a panel discussion and audience Q&A with Dozier, Harris-Babou, and Slutzky, moderated by Re’al Christian, art writer and Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School.
The screening and conversation is part of BRIC’s Winter/Spring 2023 Contemporary Art exhibitions, When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly and Buzz Slutzky: For Example, on view through April 30, 2023.
Featured works include:
Ayanna Dozier, Forever Your Girl (2022)
Ilana Harris-Babou, Leaf of Life (2022)
Buzz Slutzky, One Shorter than the Other (2022)
Credit: Jasmine Rose
Ayanna Dozier (she/her)
Born in 1990, Riverside, CA; based in Brooklyn, NY
Dozier had a solo exhibition at Evening Hours Gallery, NY, as well as exhibited in group shows in The Shed, Microscope Gallery, Fort Greene Park, and Westbeth Gallery, all NY, and The Block Museum, Chicago, IL. She has had film screenings at Alfreda’s Cinema at Metrograph, Maysles Documentary Center, and Anthology Film Archives, all NY; Blow-up Arthouse Film Festival and Onion City Experimental Film & Video Festival, both Chicago, IL; BlackStar Film Festival, Philadelphia, PA; Femme Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA; Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Hawick, UK; Aesthetica Short Film Festival, York, UK; and Open City Docs Film Festival, London, UK. The artist has had residencies at Winter Workspace Arts Residency, Wave Hill, and MONO NO AWARE, and a Joan Tisch Teaching Fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She has received a Toni Beauchamp Award for Best Critical Art Writing, a commission from The Shed Open Call, and a Critical Minded Grant. Dozier holds a BA from Chapman University, an MA from New York University, and a PhD from McGill University.
@dozierayanna | dozierayanna.com
Ilana Harris-Babou (she/her)
Born and based in Brooklyn, NY
Harris-Babou has had solo shows at the Museum of Arts and Design, Open Source Gallery, and The High Line, all NY; Art Space, New Haven, CT; the Institute of Contemporary Art Chattanooga, TN; the Flint Institute of Arts, MI; Vox Populi Gallery, Philadelphia, PA; the Jacob Lawrence Gallery, Seattle, WA; and Kunsthaus Hamburg, Germany. She has exhibited in group shows at the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Jewish Museum, the Queens Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, and SculptureCenter, all NY; BRIC and The Chimney NYC, both Brooklyn, NY; The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; the de Young Museum, San Francisco, CA; and the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art, Kennesaw, GA. Harris-Babou has also shown internationally, at Kunsthalle Charlottenberg, Copenhagen, Denmark; West Space, Melbourne, Australia; Warehouse421, Abu Dhabi, UAE; Organ Vida, Zagreb, Croatia; Chiesa di San Giuseppe, Italy; La Casa Encendida, Madrid, Spain; Laundry Arts, London, UK; and Le Doc, Paris, France. The artist has had residencies and fellowships at BRIC, the Whitney Museum of American Art Education Department, the Museum of Arts and Design, Triangle Arts Foundation, Pioneer Works, and Creative Exchange at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art. Her work is in the Whitney Museum of American Art collection. She is an Assistant Professor of Art and Luther Gregg Sullivan Fellow in Art at Wesleyan University in Middletown, CT. Harris-Babou received a BA from Yale University and an MFA from the Columbia University School of the Arts.
@ilanahbhb | ilanahb.com
Photo: S. Tricker
Buzz Slutzky (they/them)
Born in 1989, Overland Park, KS; raised in Maplewood, NJ; based in Brooklyn, NY
Buzz Slutzky is a non-binary/transgender and Jewish multidisciplinary artist. They have participated in group exhibitions at the Brooklyn Museum, the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art, Assembly Room, La MaMa, the 41 Cooper Gallery at Cooper Union, and at Dixon Place, all NY; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia and Haverford College, both PA; Boston Center for the Arts, MA; Maryland Institute College of Art; and Columbia College, Chicago, IL. Slutzky has also participated in MIX NYC and the Frameline Film Festival. They contributed to the 2021 anthology, We Are the Baby-Sitters Club: Essays and Artwork from Grown-Up Readers, published by the Chicago Review Press. Slutzky was a 2021-22 BRIClab: Video Art resident, and has also had residencies at MacDowell, the Vermont Studio Center, and NARS Foundation. They currently teach at the School of Media Studies at The New School. Slutzky received a BA from Sarah Lawrence College and an MFA in Fine Arts from Parsons School of Design.
@buzzslutzky | buzzslutzky.com
Re’al Christian (she/her) is a writer, editor, and art historian based in Queens, NY. Her work explores issues related to identity, diasporas, ecology, and materiality. Her essays, interviews, and criticism have appeared in Art in America, BOMB Magazine, The Brooklyn Rail, and ART PAPERS, where she is a Contributing Editor. She has written catalogue texts for Howardena Pindell: Numbers/Pathways/Grids (Garth Greenan and Dieu Donné), On the Town: A Performa Compendium 2016–2021 (Gregory R. Miller & Co.), Zipora Fried (Sikkema Jenkins & Co.), and the forthcoming anthology Track Changes: A Handbook for Art Criticism. Her curatorial projects include Steven Anthony Johnson II: Getting Blood from Stone at ISCP (2022) and The earth leaked red ochre (2022) at Miriam Gallery. Additionally as a graduate curatorial fellow at the Hunter College Art Galleries, she worked on the exhibitions and publications The Black Index (2020–22) and Life as Activity: David Lamelas (2021).
Christian is the Assistant Director of Editorial Initiatives at the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School. She received her master’s degree in Art History from Hunter College. She holds a bachelor’s degree from New York University, where she double majored in Art History and Media, Culture, and Communication.
@r_christian__ | rschristian.com
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