updated: June 28, 2020

Currently: May 29, 2020 (text - MoMA Magazine, June 2020); On Similitude (digital publication - Triple Canopy, June 2020); Same Time (digital exhibition - The 5th Floor, CAC Geneva) and Escaped Lunatic (digital exhibition - The 5th Floor, CAC Geneva)

Solo exhibitions, screenings, and performance commissions (selection): Decoders / Recorders (De Appel, 2019); Steffani Jemison: New Videos (Stedelijk Museum, 2019); Steffani Jemison (Kai Matsumiya, 2019); Revelation (Iceberg Projects, 2018); Art of the Real (Lincoln Center, 2018); Conversations at the Edge (Gene Siskel Film Center, 2018); Sensus Plenior (Jeu de Paume, 2017); Sensus Plenior (CAPC Bordeaux, 2017); Plant you now, dig you later (MASS MoCA, 2017); Recitatif / Never saying anything at all (Nottingham Contemporary, 2017); Steffani Jemison: Prime (NurtureArt, 2016); Steffani Jemison: Sol (Jacob Lawrence Gallery, University of Washington, 2016); Steffani Jemison: Maniac Chase, Escaped Lunatic, and Personal (RISD Museum, 2015); Steffani Jemison: Promise Machine (Museum of Modern Art, 2015); Steffani Jemison: Stroke (Bindery Projects, 2013); and Same Time (LA><ART, 2013). Additional performance events: On Similitude (Ellen Gallery, Concordia University, 2020); On Similitude (Whitney Museum, 2019); On Similitude (Triple Canopy / MCA Chicago / Public Fiction, 2019); Kalamazoo Institute of Arts (2019); Jessica Silverman (2019); Jeu de Paume (2018); and You Completes Me (Studio Museum in Harlem, 2013).

Group exhibitions (selection): Black Refractions: Selections from the Studio Museum in Harlem (2019-2020); Scrivere Disegnando (CAC Geneva, 2020); Whitney Biennial 2019; Direct Message (MCA Chicago, 2019-20) ; Out of Easy Reach (DePaul Art Museum, 2018); Speech Acts (ICA Philadelphia, 2017); Separation Penetrates (Mercer Union, 2017); Power (Sprueth Magers, 2017); Frozen World of the Familiar Stranger (Kadist, 2016); Name It By Trying to Name It (The Drawing Center, 2015)Crossing Brooklyn (Brooklyn Museum, 2014), Fore (Studio Museum in Harlem, 2012); and many others.

Public collections: Museum of Modern Art,  Whitney Museum,  Brooklyn Museum, Studio Museum in Harlem, Kadist

Support: Fellowships: Guggenheim Foundation (2020), NYFA Film/Video (2018), Radcliffe Institute (2017-2018), Ann Plato Fellowship (2011), Core Program (2009-2011). Grants and awards: Creative Capital (2020), Tiffany Foundation (2014), Art Matters Foundation (2013), Flaherty Philadelphia Fellowship (2007). Residencies: Robert Rauschenberg Artist-in-Residence (2016), Jacob Lawrence Gallery (2016), Sharpe Walentas Studio Program (2015-2016), Smack Mellon (2014-2015), Hermitage Artist Retreat (2013), Studio Museum in Harlem (2012-2013), Denniston Hill Artist Colony (2012), International Studio and Curatorial Program (2012), Project Row Houses (2011), The Wassaic Project (2010), Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture (2008). Prizes: Finalist, Paulo Cunha e Silva Art Prize (pending, 2020). 

Collaborations: Justin Hicks and Steffani Jemison perform as Mikrokosmos. Mikrokosmos performances have been presented by Western Front, Nottingham Contemporary, MASS MoCA, festival steirischer herbst, and other venues. Their album Another time, this time, one time was published by Western Front in 2019. For more information about Mikrokosmos, download Mikrokosmos PDF.

Steffani Jemison and Jamal Cyrus: Alpha’s Bet Is Not Over Yet debuted at the New Museum in 2011. Alpha’s Bet has also been presented in exhibitions at Tufts University Galleries (2019), Juxtaposition Arts (2013), and the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Art (2012).

Future Plan and Program: Future Plan and Program commissions literary work by artists of color. FPP has published books by: Martine Syms, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Harold Mendez, Jina Valentine, Szu-Han Ho, and others. Future Plan and Program will publish Imperium in Imperio, a new text by Jemison and Rizvana Bradley, with support from the Museum of Modern Art. Future Plan and Program was created with support from Project Row Houses. Future Plan and Program will re-launch in 2021 with a new set of editions and publications in partnership with At Louis Place.

Biography, education; teaching: I was born in Berkeley, California, grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio, and live and work in Brooklyn, New York. I have an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (2009) and a BA in Comparative Literature from Columbia University (2003). I have taught art at Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, Wellesley College, Trinity College, Rice University, the Cooper Union, and other institutions. I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art and Design at Mason Gross School of the Arts, Rutgers University New Brunswick.