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Maya Stovall, The Public Library, vol. 1, no. 5, choreographic photographs: Untitled 1 (“Spyglass”), 2018.

Maya Stovall
Friday, November 2 at 7pm
AKA/Paved Arts Event Space

In conjunction with her exhibition Maya Stovall: Compulsion and Heart opening at AKA Maya Stovall will be discussing this project and her larger practice as an artist. This talk is FREE and open to all.

Dr. Maya Stovall (b. 1982 in Detroit, Michigan, lives and works in Pomona, Calif.) She is a Whitney Biennial artist (2017), and F-Series artist at the Studio Museum in Harlem (Fictions, 2017-18), and is artist and Assistant Professor at Cal Poly Pomona, in the Dept. of Liberal Studies. Interested in what she considers monumental questions of human existence, her Liquor Store Theatre (2014-17, Detroit, Michigan) and Public Library (2018-ongoing, Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada) bodies of work investigate the politics of space and place alongside people’s complex reflections on city life.

Maya exhibits work and presents commissions widely in solo and group exhibitions and biennales across international museums and institutions in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. Her work has recently appeared at The Whitney, Atlanta Contemporary, Newbridge Projects (United Kingdom), the Maryland Institute College of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art Canada (Toronto), Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Cranbrook Art Museum (Detroit), Jessica Silverman Gallery (San Francisco), The Studio Museum in Harlem, Library Street Collective (Detroit), Pop Montreal, and more. She has been an invited artist in residence recently at the University of Aarhus (Denmark) and Aka Artist Run (Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, Canada).

She has published peer-reviewed academic articles on her anthropological field research and her contemporary art practices in Transforming Anthropology and Journal of the Anthropology of North America, as well as in publications including Detroit Research Journal and The American Anthropological Association’s (AAA) Anthropology News. Maya’s works are included in the permanent collections at The Cranbrook Art Museum and The Whitney Museum of American Art, and her book centered on her dissertation work, Liquor Store Theatre, is forthcoming with Duke Press, edited by Ken Wissoker, in fall 2019.


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