The online exhibition Archiving HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?: Process Over Product will be on view October 12–November 25, 2020, presented by the New Media Artspace at Baruch College and generously sponsored by the Wasserman Jewish Studies Center.
Archiving HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN?: Process Over Product initiates a web-based digital archive of works by the collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? (also known as the YAMS Collective). By emphasizing “process over product,” Archiving HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? delves into the ongoing evolution of artworks in their collective making. The exhibition—which is being produced and conceived in a real-time collaboration with the New Media Artspace Student Docent Team and will evolve as the semester progresses—shows how both artworks and the archives they comprise are always negotiated in a constant flux of incompletion and reinvention.
With 45 collaborators located around the world, HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? makes work rife with emergent, cumulative process. This exhibition focuses on a single project, Immortal Uterus (2007–ongoing), a woven VHS tape installation by YAMS Collective member Jasmine Murrell. Indeed, the form of weaving itself evokes the braided and intertwined relationships that trace along all YAMS collaborations. Archiving HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? documents how Immortal Uterus has evolved over the past decade, mapping its networks of collaborators and contributors, and throwing diverse media practices (past and present) into relief through a framework of Black medicine.
The Wasserman Jewish Studies Center and the New Media Artspace will host an online public artist lecture with members of the collective HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? on Tuesday, November 17, 2020 from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Details coming soon.View exhibition
In response to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the gallery spaces in the Newman Library are closed to the public until further notice.
The New Media Artspace is a teaching exhibition space in the Department of Fine and Performing Arts at Baruch College, CUNY. Housed in the Newman Library, the New Media Artspace showcases curated experimental media and interdisciplinary artworks by international artists, students, alumni, and faculty.
The New Media Artspace is open to CUNY students, faculty and staff during regular library hours. Members of the public should bring a state i.d. and request access at the security desk at the second floor entrance to the library. During public hours, ask security to DIAL A DOCENT at x1664