Join MoAD for a Curator and Artist Talk in celebration of MoAD's current exhibition Elegies: Still Lifes in Contemporary Art. Join Elegies curator Monique Long and artists Sadie Barnette and Devan Shimoyama in conversation with MoAD's Director of Exhibitions and Curatorial Affairs Elena Gross to discuss how this group exhibition both disrupts and extends the traditional presentation of still lifes, and how the artists have appropriated the genre in order to create works within a framework of Black diasporic identities, histories, and collective experiences.
Devan Shimoyama (b. 1989, Philadelphia, PA) received his BFAin drawing and painting from Pennsylvania State University, State College (2011) and his MFA in painting and drawing from Yale University, New Haven (2014). Inspired by fashion, tarot,drag, pop culture and craft, Shimoyama references works from the art historical canon and reframes them through the Black, queer, male body. His work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh (2018); Kavi Gupta, Chicago (2019); and Kunstpalais Erlangen, Erlangen, Germany (2021). He has also had works included in group exhibitions like Fictions, the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York (2017); Getting to Know You, Cleveland Institute of Art (2019); Translating Violence: Redefining Black Male Identity, Urban Institute of Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI; and Friends and Friends of Friends, Schlossmuseum, Linz, Austria (both 2020). He is represented by De Buck Gallery in New York City and Kavi Gupta Gallery in Chicago. He currently lives and works in Pittsburgh, PA, where he is an associate professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University.