Clifford Owens: Photographs with an Audience 

Friday November 8th & Saturday November 9th

Crane Arts Old School Building
1425 North Second Street
*Free and open to the public
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As part of our upcoming exhibition Make & Do, we will be presenting the newest iteration of Clifford Owens’ project Photographs with an Audience. Working across the media of performance and photography, Owens’ practice is rooted in participation and audience engagement.

We are looking for participants to take part in this project. People from across the region are invited to join the artist in a large room. There they will respond to improvised situations, with Owens acting as ringleader and provocateur. The resulting photographic documentation will be displayed in the exhibition.

Clifford Owens Bio:
Clifford Owens’ art has appeared in numerous group and solo exhibitions. His solo exhibitions include, “Anthology: Clifford Owens” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2011-2012) and “Perspectives 173: Clifford Owens” Contemporary Arts Museum Houston (2011); his group exhibitions include, “Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art” Contemporary Arts Museum (2012), “Deliverance” Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2012), “Greater New York 2005” Museum of Modern Art PS1 (2005), and “Freestyle” The Studio Museum in Harlem” (2001).
He studied at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Mason Gross School of Visual Arts Rutgers University, and the Whitney Museum Independent Study Program. Clifford was an artist in residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem, and he attended the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.
Clifford has received numerous grants and fellowships including the William H. Johnson Prize, Art Matters Grant, a Louis Tiffany Comfort Award, New York Foundation for the Arts Fellowship, the New York Community Trust, the Lambent Foundation, and the Rutgers University Ralph Bunche Distinguished Graduate Fellowship. Publications, reviews, and interviews about his work include theNew York Times, Art+Auction, Village Voice, Art in America, The New Yorker, BOMB, The Wall Street Journal,Greater New York 2005, Performa: New Visual Art Performance, Rethinking Contemporary Art and Multicultural Education, and Why Art Photography?
He has been visiting artist faculty and guest critic at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Yale University, Harvard University, and the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.