Naima Green Brief & Drenching

Naima Green

Brief & Drenching

Aug 28, 2020 - Apr 18, 2021

Naima Green’s photography conducts experiments in being. Her portrait-making begins in the form of an invitation to her sitter, to co-create a context and allow themselves to evolve within it.

Naima Green’s photography conducts experiments in being. Her portrait-making begins in the form of an invitation to her sitter, to co-create a context and allow themselves to evolve within it.

Her most recent experiment pictures the transient self at play. Through Pur·suit, a deck of 54 playing cards featuring photographs of queer womxn, trans, non-binary, and gender-nonconforming people, Green photographed over 100 sitters in 9 days to create an object through which both play and contemporary documentation cohere. In this co-collaboration with Toby Kaufmann, Green inverts hierarchies of power that often exclude stories and contributions by Black people and people of color. Green honors her community, which deserves to be seen and remembered.

In Brief & Drenching, Green moves from a traditional photography studio into the stage of her apartment. Within this space, the artists’ short film, The Intimacy of before, upsets the comfortable domestic setting with a sequence of unnerving intimate confrontations. Further into the gallery, a birthing stool made by the artist in collaboration with Ivan Ontiveros is presented as an object of support to brace oneself against this scene of imbalance. The theme of brevity is multifold, referencing the instantaneous nature of the making of an image or a quick interaction between a group of people, and though however brief, these actions can create infinite and rippling effects, memories, and a long-lasting sense of community for her sitters.

 

Events

Nov 30, 2020

Herbal Medicine and The Natural World Workshops with Herbalist Suhaly Bautista-Carolina Workshop #1

The first of three workshops in celebration of Naima Greens Exhibition, Brief & Drenching, led by spiritual herbalist, community organizer, and artist, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina of Moon Mother Apothecary, who will be joined by Arvolyn Hill of Goldfeather.
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Dec 14, 2020

Herbal Medicine and The Natural World Workshops with Herbalist Suhaly Bautista-Carolina Workshop #2

The second of three workshops in celebration of Naima Greens Exhibition, Brief & Drenching, led by spiritual herbalist, community organizer, and artist, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina of Moon Mother Apothecary, who will be joined by Frances Perez-Rodriguez.
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Jan 28, 2021

Herbal Medicine and The Natural World Workshops with Herbalist Suhaly Bautista-Carolina Workshop #3

The third of three workshops in celebration of Naima Green's Exhibition, Brief & Drenching, led by spiritual herbalist, community organizer, and artist, Suhaly Bautista-Carolina of Moon Mother Apothecary, who will be joined by Herbal Underground. 
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Oct 10, 2020

At The Museum – Spades: Come Learn, Come Play. A Game Night in Celebration of Pur·suit Hosted by Artist Naima Green and Britni Lonesome

Join friends Naima Green and Britni Lonesome for a salon-style discussion in Veronika around collective experiences with card playing and games using Green’s Pur·suit deck.
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In the News

September 21, 2020

FOCUS ON: NAIMA GREEN

Three years ago, the artist Naima Green was doing research at the New York Public Library when she came across a reference to a work by Catherine Opie that she’d never heard about, much less seen. Opie’s Dyke Deck (1995) is a set of 54 playing cards that is also a set of 54 small, black-and-white portraits, a snapshot of the Bay Area queer community in the 1990s.
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September 10, 2020

New York’s Reopened Museums: Where to Go and What to See

What you need to know before venturing back out to see art, from safety precautions to the exhibitions still on view.
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August 28, 2020

7 Things to Do This Weekend

How can you get your cultural fix when many arts institutions remain closed? Our writers offer suggestions for what to listen to and watch as well as view in person (museums are reopening!).
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