Studio Salon | Storytelling Saturdays with Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Radical Reading Room (installation view)

On view at Studio Museum 127, May 3–October 27, 2019

Presented by The Studio Museum in Harlem

Photo: Adam Reich

Sep 21, 2019

Studio Museum 127, 429 W. 127th St.

inHarlem, Literature & Film Programs, Adult Programs

Led by interdisciplinary artist Kameelah Janan Rasheed, this edition of Storytelling Saturdays is a literary workshop designed to explore wandering as a cornerstone for writing and learning. Rasheed will begin the workshop with an excerpt from science fiction writer Octavia Butler about reading and wandering, and invite participants to interpret a set of scores, or guided instructions, to follow as they survey the texts on display in Radical Reading Room. Together, participants will write pieces of text and create a one-sheet book of scores that invite others to explore the exhibition.

Kameelah Janan Rasheed is a learner and an interdisciplinary artist who seeks to make her research visible through an ecosystem of iterative, provisional projects as well as through experiments. These projects and experiments include sprawling, xerox-based “architecturally-scaled collages” (frieze magazine, Winter 2018); publications; large-scale text banner installations; digital archives; lecture-performances; library interventions; poems/poetic gestures; and other forms yet to be determined. In her work, she looks at experimental poetry, examples of intimate intertextuality, literacy, non-institutional archival modes, anecdotes of syncretism, histories of human as well as non-human communication systems, and ecological studies as languages to explore knowledge production and processes of learning/unlearning. Rasheed has exhibited at the 2017 Venice Biennale, ICA Philadelphia, Pinchuk Art Center, Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, New Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Brooklyn Public Library, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and The Kitchen, among others.

Throughout the run of Radical Reading Room at Studio Museum 127, drop by on the first and third Saturdays of each month to contribute your text to the community archive and discuss its personal and collective importance. Centering radical approaches to storytelling, programs in this series may take the form of writing workshops, zine-making workshops, or live oral histories led by members of our creative community.

This program is accessible by wheelchair and other forms of walking assistance.