Wednesday, May 31st
Center for Architecture
536 LaGuardia Place, New York, NY 10012
Kameelah Janan Rasheed
Alumni Award for Art in Community
Featured Print Edition by:
SOAPBOX is The Laundromat Project’s spirited and art-filled annual benefit. The evening includes delicious beverages and hors d’oeuvres, live DJ, exclusive special edition print, silent auction, and fun art experiences.
Follow the Facebook event page and The LP’s instagram for teasers leading up to the event. We’ll be announcing more special guests and exciting experiences you can expect at the event. Check out some of the photos from SOAPBOX 2016 here.
Deborah Willis, Ph.D, is University Professor and Chair of the Department of Photography & Imaging at the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University and has an affiliated appointment with the College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Social & Cultural Analysis, Africana Studies, where she teaches courses on photography and imaging, iconicity, and cultural histories visualizing the black body, women, and gender. Her research examines photography’s multifaceted histories, visual culture, the photographic history of Slavery and Emancipation, contemporary women photographers and beauty. She received the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellowship and was a Richard D. Cohen Fellow in African and African American Art, Hutchins Center, Harvard University and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow. Professor Willis received the NAACP Image Award in 2014 for her co-authored book (with Barbara Krauthamer) Envisioning Emancipation. Other notable projects include The Black Female Body A Photographic History, Reflections in Black: A History of Black Photographers – 1840 to the Present, Posing Beauty: African American Images from the 1890s to the Present, Michelle Obama: The First Lady in Photographs, a NAACP Image Award Literature Winner, and Black Venus 2010: They Called Her ‘Hottentot’.
Hank Willis Thomas is a photo conceptual artist working primarily with themes related to identity, history and popular culture. Thomas’ monograph, Pitch Blackness, was published by Aperture. He has exhibited throughout the U.S. and abroad including, The International Center of Photography, Public Art Fund, The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, Studio Museum in Harlem, Musée du quai Branly, and the Cleveland Museum of Art among others. Thomas’ work is in numerous public collections including The Museum of Modern Art New York, The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Brooklyn Museum, The High Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. Collaborative projects include Question Bridge: Black Males and In Search Of The Truth. In 2015 Thomas cofounded For Freedoms, the first artist run super PAC, which was awarded the 2017 Infinity Award for New Media and Online Platform. Thomas is a member of the Public Design Commission for the City of New York. He received a BFA in Photography and Africana studies from New York University and his MFA/MA in Photography and Visual Criticism from the California College of Arts. He also received an honorary doctorate from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts. Thomas is represented by Jack Shainman Gallery in New York City.
Kameelah Janan Rasheed (2013 Create Change Fellow) is a Brooklyn-based interdisciplinary artist, former high school public school teacher, and writer working in installation, photography, printmaking, publications, and performance. In addition to her full-time work as a social studies curriculum developer for New York public schools, she is currently an artist-in-residence at Smack Mellon and on the faculty in the MFA Fine Arts program at the School of Visual Arts. She has exhibited her work at Jack Shainman Gallery, Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, among others. Rasheed has forthcoming solo and group shows in Philadelphia, Boston, Portland, and New York City for 2017 as well as 2018. Recently selected as a finalist for the Future Generation Art Prize, she is the recipient of several other awards and honors including Harpo Foundation Grant (2016), Magnum Foundation Grant (2016), Creative Exchange Lab at the Portland Institute of Contemporary Art (2016), Keyholder Residency at LES Print Studio (2015), Triple Canopy Commission at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Artadia Grant (2015), Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015) Art Matters Grant (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grant (2014), among others. She has spoken and facilitated discursive programming at a number of institutions such as the New Museum (forthcoming), Montclair Art Museum (forthcoming), Metropolitan Museum of Art, MoMA, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, the Center for Book Arts, Creative Time, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Interference Archive, Northwestern University (forthcoming), Maryland Institute of College of Art (forthcoming), Hampshire College (forthcoming), School of Visual Arts, Parsons, The New School, NYU, Columbia University, Barnard, and the University of Illinois. Her writing has been published in The New Inquiry, Gawker, The Guardian, Creative Time Reports, Hyperallergic, MoMA Blog, Walker Art Center Blog, among others. A 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, she earned her B.A. in public policy at Pomona College and he Ed.M at Stanford University in Secondary Education. Learn more about her at www.kameelahr.com.
The Laundromat Project cordially invites you to join us at one of the following host committee levels:
($21,500 is tax deductible) 12 VIP tickets; SOAPBOX limited edition print by Saya Woolfalk; full-page color ad in program book; sponsors two community members to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.
($7,000 is tax deductible)10 VIP tickets; SOAPBOX limited edition print by Saya Woolfalk; full-page color ad in program book; sponsors two community members to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.
($3,000 is tax deductible) 8 VIP tickets; SOAPBOX limited edition print by Saya Woolfalk; half-page ad in event program; sponsors two community members to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.
$2,500 Block Captain
($1,750 is tax deductible) 6 VIP tickets; Select LP print ($250 value); sponsors a community member to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.
($700 is tax deductible) 4 VIP tickets; sponsors a community member to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.
($375 is tax deductible) 3 standard tickets; sponsors a community member to attend. VIP Tickets include an invitation to the private pre-benefit reception.
Can’t make it on May 31, but still want to support our work? Help sustain our programs by making a tax-deductible donation.
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