Join us for a debut screening of Jibade-Khalil Huffman’s "The Circle," 2020, followed by a conversation with the artist. Huffman’s newest film builds on his long-standing interest in the psychic toll of the media, reflecting on trauma and its after effects through systems of support and coping mechanisms. Echoing the collective and personal pain of our current moment—marked by isolation in the global pandemic and the systemic racism it has made even more visible—"The Circle" uses the formal devices of the loop and sphere to consider the cyclical and interior nature of suffering and coping. Presented as part of Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Now That I Can Dance on view and online through March 2021.
"The Circle" runs for 24:38 minutes and will be followed by a conversation between Jibade-Khalil Huffman and Dina Deitsch, Director + Chief Curator, TUAG.
ABOUT THE ARTIST
Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. 1981, Detroit; lives in North Carolina) makes installations, videos, and photo works that use image and text to challenge our understanding of narrative form. Huffman often returns to the site of remembered films or television shows to insert and layer new registers of meaning.
Huffman’s past exhibitions include Ballroom Marfa, MOCA Cleveland, the Hammer Museum, MOCA Detroit, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, The Jewish Museum, Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, The Studio Museum in Harlem and Swiss Institute, New York. Educated at Bard College (BA), Brown University (MFA, Literary Arts), and USC (MFA, Studio Art), his awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant and fellowships from the Lighthouse Works, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Huffman was a 2015-16 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem and is represented by Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles. He currently has work on view at MOCA Tucson and the Swiss Institute, New York, with an upcoming exhibition at Magenta Plains, New York.