Join us for the first public screening of “When We Gather” (2021), a five-minute film celebrating women who have played an elemental role in the progress of the United States and offering a call to create a path forward for the leaders of the future. Following the film, listen to a special conversation and Q+A with artists María Magdalena Campos-Pons and Wendi Norris, hosted by Natasha Becker, in which we’ll learn more about the making of the film and explore themes of healing, creativity, and unity.
For more info on future screening events of When We Gather, visit https://whenwegather.art/events/ and follow the project on social media @WhenWeGatherArt
Conceived by renowned artist María Magdalena Campos-Pons, in collaboration with LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs and Okwui Okpokwasili, the “When We Gather” artists choreographed circular movements and gestures from diverse traditions evoking storms, spirals, and ancestral energy. The soundscape incorporates both lyrics and a poem written by Diggs for the project. “When We Gather” was originally inspired by the election of the country’s first female vice president and performed during a pandemic by seven artists in separate studios and outdoor spaces in Brooklyn, Houston, Boston, and Nashville, then woven together by the film director Codie Elaine Oliver [Black Love, OWN]. The film project was produced over an eight week period by San Francisco based gallerist, Wendi Norris.
María Magdalena Campos-Pons (b. 1959, La Vega, Cuba) is an interdisciplinary artist based in Nashville, TN. Campos-Pons has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Peabody Essex Museum, and the National Gallery of Canada, among other institutions. She has participated in the Venice Biennale (twice), the Dakar Biennale, the Johannesburg Biennial, Documenta 14, the Guangzhou Triennial, three editions of the Havana Biennial, and the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA and Prospect.4 Triennials. She has presented over 30 solo performances commissioned by institutions including the Guggenheim Museum and the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery. Campos-Pons is represented by Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco.
Wendi Norris started Gallery Wendi Norris, San Francisco in 2011 after co-owning a gallery and working for a decade in Fortune 500 and start-up technology companies. Her gallery represents critically acclaimed artists and artist estates, working to ensure that they are included in international museum and private collections, top-tier exhibitions, and publications around the world. In 2017, Norris announced a new targeted, mobile business model and has since staged critically acclaimed offsite exhibitions in New York, Guadalajara, Miami, and San Francisco. Norris served as the San Francisco Art Dealers Association President from 2014-2016 and is currently on the Board of the Art Dealers Association of America.
Natasha Becker was born and raised in South Africa and has focused on presenting the work of African artists, African American artists, and artists of the African diaspora. Working in both Cape Town and New York City over the past decade, she has organized numerous exhibitions and international initiatives as an independent curator. Prior to joining the Museums, she served as curator-in-residence at Faction Art Projects in Harlem. Becker is also cofounder of two collaborative curatorial platforms: Assembly Room in New York City and the Underline Show in Johannesburg.
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