Jibade-Khalil Huffman

Jibade-Khalil Huffman (b. 1981, Detroit, MI) is an artist and writer who uses found, archival material, and contemporary ephemera to address slippage in memory and language, particular to race and visibility. Often working site-specifically, his work takes the form of installation, video, projections, photographic light boxes, and photo collages printed on layered transparencies and paper. Foregrounding the materiality of digital media and its degradation over time, Huffman’s approach dissolves explicit meaning in order to reconstitute it as objects in perpetual flux. Through projection and repetition, his work evokes the untranslatable, ruminating on the liminal qualities of singular experiences through the flattening of symbolic and semiotic hierarchies.

Huffman derives much of his practice from the intersection of writing, poetry, found media and common speech, often cutting, sampling and shifting bits of video and excerpts of text into new formats. The idea of erasure—of certain voices, people, and ideas—as subject matter and as technique is central to his practice, in building up and removing layers of material in his videos and two dimensional collages. While almost completely eliding language as a response to various traumas within this current body of work, Huffman continues to source his subject matter from an endless array of TV Guides, abstracted maps, classic television stills, icons of technology, charts, diagrams, staircases, tunnels, markers, indices, arrows, annotations, advertisements, often leaving only the stray and fleeting fragments of a phrase left to parse.

Jibade-Khalil Huffman has held past exhibitions at Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX; MOCA Cleveland, Cleveland, OH; the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA; MOCA Tucson, Tucson, AZ; MOCA Detroit, Detroit, MI; MOCA, Los Angeles, CA; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; The Jewish Museum, New York, NY; Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, PA; and The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Kitchen and Swiss Institute, New York, NY. His survey show, Now That I Can Dance, was held at Tufts University Art Gallery in Medford, MA in 2020. The first segment of a large scale project to be introduced across several institutions in 2021-2022 recently premiered at the Museum of Modern Art in New York as part of their Modern Mondays series. Educated at Bard College (BA), Brown University (MFA, Literary Arts), and USC (MFA, Studio Art), his awards include the Grolier Poetry Prize, the Jerome Foundation Travel Grant and fellowships from Bemis Center, the Lighthouse Works, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council and the Millay Colony for the Arts. Huffman is the author of Sleeper Hold (2015), James Brown Is Dead and Other Poems (2011), and 19 Names for Our Band (2008). Huffman was a 2015-16 Artist in Residence at the Studio Museum.

Born in 1981 in Detroit, MI
Lives and works in Winston-Salem, NC and Los Angeles, CA

Education

2013

MFA, Roski School of Fine Arts, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

2005

MFA, Graduate Program in Literary Arts, Brown University, Providence, RI

2003

BA, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, New York, NY

Solo and Two-Person Exhibitions, Performances, and Screenings

2021

You Are Here, Halsey Institute of Contemporary Art, Charleston, SC
An Evening with Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Modern Mondays Series, Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

2020

Total Running Time, Magenta Plains, New York, NY
Now That I Can Dance, Tufts University Art Gallery, Tufts University, Medford, MA
Action Painting, Museum of Contemporary Art Tucson, Tucson, AZ
You Don't Have To Say You Love Me, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA
Art Basel OVR:2020, with Anat Ebgi, Miami, FL
DAATA Fair, with Magenta Plains, Miami, FL

2019

Confessional Poetry, Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
Confessional Poetry, curated by Lumi Tam, Frieze Los Angeles, CA
Human For Scale, Art Space Gallery, Fresno City College, Fresno, CA
Confessional Poetry, KADIST, San Francisco, CA

2018

Tempo, The Kitchen, New York, NY
The Way You Make Me Feel, Ballroom Marfa, Marfa, TX
___ Means I Love You in Italics, Locust Projects, Miami, FL
Poems For Every Occasion, KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY
EXPO Chicago, with Anat Ebgi, Chicago, IL
We Don’t Need Another Mural, KMAC Museum, Louisville, KY
Stanza, curated by Daniel Fuller, Atlanta Contemporary, Atlanta, GA
Black Twitter in the Hour of Chaos, HOUSING, Brooklyn, NY
Nightschool/Schoolnight, Swiss Institute, New York, NY
Defending Kanye West, KADIST, San Francisco, CA
A Tondo For Rajon Rondo, curated by Julie Dickover, Crisp-Ellert Museum, St. Augustine, FL

2017

Solo Presentation, Art Basel Miami Beach, with Anat Ebgi, Miami, FL
Figuration, Downstairs Project, Brooklyn, NY
Kush is my Cologne, Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA

2016

Verse Chorus Verse, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
What Can I Say About This Suit (That Hasn’t Already Been Said About Afghanistan?), LAXART, Los Angeles, CA

2015

Come and Go: Jibade Khalil Huffman, MANTRA (commissioned by A.L. Steiner), Blum and Poe, Los Angeles, CA
Jibade-Khalil Huffman in collaboration with Claudia Rankine: The Discrepancies, Museum as Retail Space, Los Angeles, CA
Anthony Pearson and Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Third Person, Marianne Boesky East, New York, NY
We Don’t Believe You, You Need More People, Marianne Boesky East, New York, NY

2013

The Four People You Meet At Every Drug Deal, Samuel Freeman Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Lake Overturn, Pacific Standard Time Presents: The Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture, The Santa Monica Screening Room, Santa Monica, CA
Niagara, USC Roski Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
A Novella and Stories, Machine Project, Los Angeles, CA

2012

The Descent of Alette by Alice Notley: A Reading, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
We Don’t Believe You, You Need More People (with Martine Syms), Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA
Cameron Crawford and Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Double Jointed, curated by Megha Ratapali, Scaramouche, New York, NY

2011

Teen Wolf/Teen Wolf Too, Mt. Tremper Arts, Mt. Tremper, NY
NOWHERE, The Home Of, Brooklyn, NY (with Eliza Newman-Saul)
Slow Reveal, or, Negro Twist Ending Where You Are Really A Negro, The Tank, New York, NY

2010

Monster Island Czar, MoMA/P.S.1 Contemporary Art Center, New York, NY

2008

Xaviera Simmons and Jibade-Khalil Huffman: Oscillations (For A Minute There I Lost Myself), Museum of Arts and Design, New York, NY

2003

You Just Have To Go Down A Flight of Stairs, Woods Gallery, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Select Group Exhibitions

2021

Radical Empathy, Compound, Long Beach, CA
Climate Changing: On Artists, Institutions, and the Social Environment, Wexner Center For The Arts, Columbus, OH

2020

TENET, Swiss Institute, New York, NY
IN LIEU OF AN OCEAN (SEND FLOWERS), Time Based Art Festival 2020, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
5­–7–5, curated by Andrew Berardini, Rita Gonzalez, Joseph Mosconi, and Warren Neidich, The Ace Hotel, Los Angeles, CA
Frieze Projects LA 2020, curated Rita Gonzalez and Pilar Tompkins Rivas, Los Angeles, CA

2019

Smoke and Mirrors, there-there Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
To Sight’s Limit, Woodland Pattern, Milwaukee, WI
Representation and Poetics (in Double Takes: Historic and Contemporary Film + Video), Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, Cleveland, OH
C.R.E.A.M. (curated by Sable Elyse Smith), The Highline, New York, NY
I Don’t Believe in Art, I Believe in Artists, LX Arts, New York, NY
The Conversation, Anat Ebgi at Minnesota Street Project, San Francisco, CA

2018

Re:Framed, Re: Art Show, Brooklyn, NY
A Recounting: Data, Disinformation & Black Experience, Guerrero Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Moving Body, Moving Study, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Brooklyn, NY
Screenscapes, Galeria Nara Roesler, Sao Paolo, BR
Reclamation! Pan-African Works from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection, Taubman Museum of Art, Roanoke, VA
WE DON'T NEED ANOTHER MURAL (public art project), KMAC Museum/The Wheelhouse Project, Louisville, KY
Lunar Intervals (performance), Swiss Institute, New York, NY
Defending Kanye West (performance), Poetry Project, New York, NY

2017

Speech/Acts, ICA, Philadelphia, PA
Sonic Rebellion: Music as Resistance, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, Detroit, MI
To A Body, Shoot the Lobster, New York, NY
Now More Than Always (Gimme Gimme The Money Please Please I Want the Money Please), Gildar Gallery, Denver, CO
COMM/ALT/SHIFT, Aljira, Newark, NJ
Storefront: THIS KNOWN WORLD: Spontaneous Particulars of the Poetic Research Bureau, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
I can call this progess to halt, Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions, Los Angeles, CA
Art Los Angeles Contemporary, with Anat Ebgi, Los Angeles, CA

2016

Tenses: Artists-in-Residence 2015-16, The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY
Against the Romance of Community, Swiss Institute, New York, New York
Take Me (I’m Yours), The Jewish Museum, New York, NY
Dead End Looped: Emily Davidson, Jibade-Khalil Huffman, Pilot Projects, Philadelphia, PA
Beware of a Holy Whore, Ida Schmid, New York, NY

2015

The Vault: Deeper Structures, Spaces Gallery, Cleveland, OH
This Sentence, China Art Objects, Los Angeles, CA
On Discipline (LA), 356 Mission, Los Angeles, CA
Pictures of the Moon With Teeth, TBA:15, Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR
Edible Planets/Soylent Dialogues, The Pit, Los Angeles, CA
Altarations: Built, Blended, Processed, Ritter Art Gallery, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

2014

Made in L.A. 2014, Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Step and Repeat, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, CA
Rhetoric, Aran Cravey, Los Angeles, CA
Rockaway!, MoMA/P.S.1/Rockaway Surf Club, New York, NY
The Machine Project Guide to the Gamble House, Pasadena, CA

2013

The Reanimation Library, Monte Vista Projects, Los Angeles, CA
The Stand In, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA

2012

New Wight Biennial 2012, UCLA New Wight Gallery, Los Angeles, CA
Act 2: The Props, Public Fiction, Los Angeles, CA

2011

Pixelating: Black in New Dimensions, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, Brooklyn, NY
Le Mots et Les Choses (Words and Things): An Evening With Future Plan and Program, Southern Exposure, San Francisco, CA
So Much I Want to Say: Future Plan and Program, Houston Museum of African-American Culture, Houston, TX
The Collector’s Guide to New Art Photography Vol. 2, Chelsea Art Museum, New York, NY

2010

I Forgot My Mantra, Brooklyn Fireproof, Brooklyn, NY
Manual Transmission, Bush Gardens Rooftop, Brooklyn, NY

2009

Wrong: A Program of Text and Image, Eighth Veil, Los Angeles, CA (curator)

2007

Game Bird Sampler, White Box Annex, New York, NY

Awards / Residencies

2021

MacDowell Fellowship, Peterborough, NH

2020

Residency, Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts, Omaha, NE

2019

Residency, Surf Point Foundation, York, ME

2018

Residency, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Philadelphia, PA
Residency, Yaddo, Saratoga Springs, NY

2017

Fellowship, The Lighthouse Works, Fishers Island, New York, NY

2015

Artist-in-Residence, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY

2014

Emerging Artist Fellowship, California Community Foundation

2010

Artist-in-Residence, Workspace, Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, New York, NY
Jerome Foundation Travel and Study Grant

2009

Jerome Foundation Fellowship/Residency, Anderson Center for Interdisciplinary Studies, Red Wing, MN

2008

Residency, Ucross Foundation for the Arts, Clearmont, WY

2007

Residency, Millay Colony for the Arts, Austerlitz, NY

2004

Grolier Poetry Prize

2001

Photography Advisory Board Scholarship, Bard College, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY

Collections

Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Kadist, San Francisco, CA / Paris, France
Studio Museum in Harlem, Harlem, NY

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