Texas Isaiah in Conversation with Ashley Stull Meyers

Public Program

Texas Isaiah in Conversation with Ashley Stull Meyers

Saturday, July 14, 2018
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Please join us on Saturday, July 14, 2018 for a conversation between Green Book Curator Ashley Stull Meyers and Artist Texas Isaiah. This program is presented in conjunction with Green Book, Southern Exposure's 27th Annual Juried Exhibition, presenting new photography and photo-based work by Bay Area artists of color representing San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, Napa, Marin, and Sonoma Counties.

Texas Isaiah is a visual narrator from Brooklyn, NY. He currently resides in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Oakland. His work explores gender, race, and sexuality by inviting the sitter to participate in the photographic process. The invitation constructs a space to begin and continue collaborative visual dialogues about legacy, self-empowerment, emotional justice, protection, and topophilia (the affective bond between people and place). Texas Isaiah is invested in the possibilities of what it can mean to be seen, loved, and cared for when you have your photograph taken. Texas Isaiah has exhibited in numerous space including the Hammer Museum (LA), The Kitchen (NY), The Studio Museum in Harlem, Charlie James Gallery (Los Angeles), Slought Foundation (Philadelphia), and New Space Center for Photography (Portland). His work was recently featured in Artforum and in the FADER, Killens Review of Arts & Letters, Papersafe Magazine, the Photographic Journal, and Spook Mag. Texas Isaiah's work has been featured on several catalogue and book covers including Fred Moten's Stolen Life (consent not to be a single being).

Ashley Stull Meyers is a writer, editor, and curator of contemporary art. She has organized exhibitions and programming for the Wattis Institute (San Francisco), Eli Ridgway (San Francisco), the Oakland Museum of California, Newspace Center for Photography, Blue Sky Gallery (Portland, OR), and Bridge Productions (Seattle). She has been in academic residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha) and the Banff Centre (Banff, Alberta). She is Northwest Editor for Art Practical, and has contributed writing to Bomb Magazine, Rhizome, Arts.Black and SFAQ/NYAQ. In 2017 Meyers was named the The Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Director and Curator of the Art Gym and Belluschi Pavilion at Marylhurst University.