Larry Ossei-Mensah Visiting Artist in Painting and Drawing
Feb 27, 2020
Visual Arts Building, E125
107 River Street, Iowa City, IA 52246
Larry Ossei-Mensah uses contemporary art as a vehicle to redefine how we see ourselves and the world around us. The Ghanaian-American curator and cultural critic has organized exhibitions and programs at commercial and nonprofit spaces around the globe from New York City to Rome featuring such artists as Firelei Baez, Allison Janae Hamilton, Brendan Fernades, Ebony G. Patterson, Glenn Kaino and Stanley Whitney to name a few. Moreover, Ossei-Mensah has actively documented cultural happenings featuring the most dynamic visual artists working today such as Derrick Adams, Mickalene Thomas, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Federico Solmi, and Kehinde Wiley.
Ossei-Mensah is also the co-founder of ARTNOIR a global collective of culturalists who design multimodal experiences aimed to engage this generation’s dynamic and diverse creative class. Ossei-Mensah is a contributor to the first ever Ghanaian Pavilion for the 2019 Venice Biennial with an essay on the work of visual artist Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.
Ossei-Mensah is the former Susanne Feld Hilberry Senior Curator at MOCAD in Detroit. He recently co-curated with Dexter Wimberly the critically acclaimed exhibition at MOAD in San Francisco Coffee, Rhum, Sugar, Gold: A Postcolonial Paradox in spring/summer 2019. Additionally, he curated the group exhibition Parallels and Peripheries in fall 2018 and On The Road ll in fall 2019 at Oolite Arts. Ossei-Mensah currently serves as guest curator at BAM's Rudin Family Gallery where he curated the inaugural show featuring the work of Glenn Kaino and will be exhibiting the work of Tiona Nekkia McClodden in spring 2020. Fall 2020, Ossei-Mensah will be co-curating with Omsk Social Club 7th Athens Biennale in Athens, Greece.
Ossei-Mensah has had recent profiles in such publications like the NY Times, Artsy, and Cultured Magazine, which recently named him one of seven curators to watch in 2019. Follow him on Instagram/Twitter at @youngglobal or www.larryosseimensah.com.
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