Feb 11, 2021
As part of a new program series, Member Moments, artist Elizabeth Colomba will be in conversation with The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Connie H. Choi, Associate Curator, Permanent Collection. Colomba and Choi will discuss The Cup (2013) and Daphne (2015), both recent additions to the Museum’s permanent collection, and the artist’s influences and practice.
Elizabeth Colomba was born in France and raised in Épinay-sur-Seine, from parents of Martinican descent. She lives and works in New York City. She received a degree in applied art from the Estienne School of Art, Paris and studied at the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris.
Being of Martinique descent but born and raised in France has shaped and influenced Colomba's perception of herself and identity, pushing her to explore the totality of social experience and fuse the two worlds (French and Caribbean) in her work. While acknowledging the past, her work reshapes narratives so that a Black individual in a period setting is no longer synonymous with subservience and, by extension, does not instill fear or mistrust. Creating pieces that reference Old Masters’ techniques while incorporating Western themes implies a precontemporary creation, an egalitarian existence in a story from which the Black body is almost always absent.
Colomba's paintings have been exhibited at the California African American Museum, Los Angeles; the Balthus Grand Chalet, Switzerland; the International Biennial of Contemporary Art (BIAC), Martinique; Volta, New York; the Fondazione Biagiotti Progetto Arte, Florence and the inaugural triennial at Columbia University. Her work is included in the permanent collections of The Studio Museum in Harlem and Princeton University.
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Member Moments is a new digital program series designed specifically for Studio Museum Members. Presented live on Zoom, Member Moments focuses on the Museum’s art and community of artists and offers Members an intimate space for direct engagement with staff from the Studio Museum’s Curatorial Department, as well as other curators, thought-leaders, and cultural luminaries from around the country.