Join 2015 ICP-Bard student Joseph Desler Costa at the MFA Studios for the opening of his solo thesis exhibition, Supplemental Materials.

Exhibition Opening
April 30 | Thursday | 6–10 pm ET

Coffee with the Artist
May 1 | Friday | 12–4 pm ET

On View
May 1–3 | Friday–Sunday | 11–7 pm ET

Joseph Desler Costa. "Tall Boy".

The Curiosity Rover Celebrates a Year on Mars by Singing Happy Birthday. To Itself.


The Curiosity Rover is programmed to vibrate its sampling sifter mechanism to create specific tones which move certain kinds of particles away from the dirt so it can analyze them better. On its birthday it used this technology to vibrate to the tune of happy birthday. We can only hope that no one else heard it.

Return from ICE Guadeloupe 2015

In March I was invited by Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator to be one of six artists from the United States to partake in an International Cultural Exchange in Guadeloupe. DVCAI is an arts organization based in Miami-Dade County in Florida. Its mission is to promote, nurture and cultivate the talents of emerging artists form the Caribbean and Latin America Diaspora. The cultural exchange they foster brings together artists, curators, writers, and cultural workers to engage in exhibitions, studio visits, and workshop intensives in the Caribbean. I was invited by Rosie Gordon-Wallace, DVCAI’s executive director and curator, whom I met at a portfolio review hosted by En Foco in 2009. The exchange served as a powerful affirmation; finding commonalities with so many diasporic artists working all around the globe was invigorating.


Zacuanpapalotls installation by Nadia Rea Morales; below light box image by David Gumbs.

DVCAI’s exchange is a collaboration with L’Artocarpe, an artist-driven residency and exhibition space located in Le Moule, Guadeloupe. Its director is Joëlle Ferly a multidisciplinary artist whose goal is to create a space that nurtures international artists to create work. The seven participating artists from L’Artocarpe were Kelly Sinnapah Mary, Francois Piquet, Henri Tauliaut, Annabel G, Florence Poirier-Nkpa, Joëlle Ferly, and David Gumbs. From the US the six artists, aside from myself, were Rosa Naday Garmendia, Francesca LaLanne, Juana Valdes, Nadia Rea Morales, Aisha Tandiwe Bell, and Jaquenette Arnette; supported by Vincent Scatliffe, Continuous Line and photographer Roy Wallace. The first half of the week long residency was dedicated to artist presentations and studio visits to acquaint each other with our work. The rest of the time included exhibition openings, portfolio reviews with local high school students, and discussions culminating in a group exhibition of participating artists.


Photographs by groana melendez; Vagina installation by Kelly Sinnapah Mary

Alternate Currents: New Art from the Diaspora was the group exhibition co-curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace and Dr. Alix Pierre a professor in the African Diaspora and the World Program at Spelman College who is originally from Guadeloupe. The exhibition was cohesive and a huge success. At the beginning of the exchange there was a lot of eagerness to connect among artists, but it was challenging communicating between French and English speakers, More complex was navigating the differences between American and French-Caribbean culture.

The differences only meant we had to spend more time together talking everything out. The most exciting moments were the “aha!” moments where I saw eye to eye with another artist and we realized we understood each other. The beauty of that experience reminds me of Mrs. Gordon-Wallace’s mission statement. She states, “A diaspora is about the dispersion of a people. Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator looks at the places where our paths cross and intersect, how we sound and who is standing at these points of connection.” In all our activities, workshops, and conversations the moments of magic happened when we noticed that regardless of our upbringing or how far we live from each other, something in the shared history of our dispersion created countless points of intersection.

Mrs. Gordon-Wallace, like a loving mother, advised us individually not to forget to think about ourselves. Take the time to contemplate our own practice. We can get lost in the act of doing, networking, and applying in art making that we forget to take a breath for ourselves. She also spoke of how she creates these opportunities to make us feel special and see the value in ourselves and in our work. The 2015 International Cultural Exchange to Guadeloupe definitely provided this and more to my practice. I cannot wait to continue the dialogue with the new friends I made during my trip, and I especially cannot wait to share their work with my artist community in the United States.


Outside view of L’Artocarpe

To learn more about DVCAI and L’Artocarpe please visit their websites and via facebook at www.dvcai.org and www.artocarpe.net.

What Happened When NASA Pointed The Hubble Telescope at Nothing

NASA celebrated The Hubble telescope’s 25th year this weekend. Many of the most iconic space imagery were created by pointing the Hubble Telescope at known planets, clusters, stars and nebula.
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However, in 2003 scientists took a risk with their much sought after use of the Hubble eye. In an attempt to see past the known and to see the light from the furthest reaches of our universe, the Hubble was pointed toward a small patch of the night sky within the constellation Ursa Major or the Big Dipper, shown in my photograph below, that had no bright stars to block its view. Essentially they pointed it at the darkest spot in the sky they could find.
The task was relatively simple, what happens when you point one of the worlds most powerful telescope at nothing?
As is the usual with science and curiosity, something amazing happened. The image below is what showed up after the Hubble finished its time pointed at nothing. Almost all you see are not stars, but entire galaxies. Each one their own entity just like our Milky Way with hundreds of thousands of stars some of them thousands of times bigger than our planet, our sun and our galaxy. Each one unique and mysterious and beautiful.
Hubble has continued this theme pointing its lens in other low density bright star areas and have created the Ultra Deep Field, an even grander depiction of the same concept below.UltraDeepField