Untitled (incomplete temple), Found plastic, tar, feathers
Untitled (incomplete temple), Found plastic, tar, feathers, 12" x 16" x 4", 2015



Armstead  ::  News & Exhibitions


SYMPOSIUM: Modern Heroics, Revisiting African-American Art at the Newark Museum

October 15, 2016, 9am - 4pm


This one-day symposium is being presented in conjunction with the exhibition Modern Heroics: 75 Years of African-American Expressionism. Drawing largely from Newark’s permanent collections of African-American art and folk/self-taught collections, Modern Heroics brings together 34 paintings and sculptural works by a diversity of African-American artists spanning three generations. Join leading scholars, critics and contemporary artists for this day of presentations and discussions about expressionism in African-American art.  Participants include:

Lowery Stokes Sims • Leslie King-Hammond • Hrag Vartanian • Willie Cole • Claude Lawrence • Dmitri Wright.

For more visit: newarkmuseum.org/MH-symposium



American Histories • Pi Artworks London:

November 18, 2016–January 7, 2017


Curated by Alexandra Schwartz, American Histories brings to London ten New York based artists working in drawing. Ruby Onyinyechi Amanze, Kenseth Armstead, Firelei Báez, Maria Berrio, Chitra Ganesh, Fay Ku, Lina Puerta, Frohawk Two Feathers, William Villalongo, and Saya Woolfalk explore cultural histories through figurative drawing. Their work reflects their own diverse heritages and influences, while speaking more broadly to the array of international cultures that make up that of the United States. During a time of global discord over issues of difference, American Histories spotlights how artists examine such themes through a personal lens.



Newark Museum:

June 18th, 2016 - January 8th, 2017


A work from Farther Land is included in Modern Heroics, 75 Years of African-American Expressionism at the Newark Museum, June 18th, 2016 - January 8th, 2017. "Modern Heroics brings together rarely exhibited works by leading historical and contemporary African-American artists, placing in dialogue several generations and a range of self-taught and formally trained approaches. The exhibition features large-scale paintings by Norman Lewis, Purvis Young, Emma Amos, Bob Thompson and Mickalene Thomas among others; and sculptural works by Chakaia Booker, Thornton Dial, Kenseth Armstead and Kevin Sampson." For more visit: newarkmuseum.org.



"Edited at EAI": 45th Anniversary Series:

Video Interference: Activist Videos by Artists and Collectives, 1989-1995

Tuesday, August 16, 2016 6:30 pm


EAI continues our 45th anniversary "Edited at EAI" series with an evening of activist video work from the late 1980s through the mid-1990s. Shot largely on low-end consumer equipment and edited, often off-hours, at EAI, these works use video as an activist tool, confronting urgent issues around the AIDS crisis, race, gender, and sexuality. Videos by ACT UP affinity groups DIVA TV (Damned Interfering Video Activist Television) and House of Color, as well as art collective X-PRZ, will be screened along with work by artists Robert Beck and Tom Kalin. Although rooted in the specific political and cultural contexts of that moment, these powerful activist voices continue to resonate and find relevance today. Organized in conjunction with EAI's 45th anniversary, the "Edited at EAI" series highlights a historically significant but less well-known area of EAI's programs: EAI's Editing Facility for artists, one of the first such creative workspaces for video in the United States. For more visit: EAI.org




This summer I was an artist in residence at Yaddo. Here are some of the experiments created there. "Collectively, artists who have worked at Yaddo have won 71 Pulitzer Prizes, 29 MacArthur Fellowships, 68 National Book Awards, 42 National Book Critics Circle Awards, 108 Rome Prizes, 52 Whiting Writers' Awards, a Nobel Prize (Saul Bellow, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1976), and countless other honors. [...] Artists in Residence include Milton Avery, James Baldwin, Leonard Bernstein, Truman Capote, Aaron Copland, Philip Guston, Patricia Highsmith, Langston Hughes, Ted Hughes, Alfred Kazin, Ulysses Kay, Jacob Lawrence, Sylvia Plath, Katherine Anne Porter, Mario Puzo, Clyfford Still, and Virgil Thomson" For more visit: yaddo.org. 



Armstead  ::  Biography

Kenseth Armstead is a multimedia installation artist. His works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Brooklyn Museum; The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Berlin VideoFest; and the MIT List Visual Arts Center. His videos, drawings and sculptures are included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, African American Museum in Dallas, Texas and numerous public and private collections. The New York Times, L Magazine, Art in America, Village Voice, The Boston Globe and The Washington Post have favorably reviewed his videos, sculptures and multimedia installations.



Armstead  ::  Instagram

See my process and follow along as I create new work via my Instagram account armstead.kenseth.