2020 Residents

Fall 2020 marks the opening of a new opportunity from Shandaken: Storm King, designed to safely continue the program’s mission of supporting process and experimentation during the Covid-19 pandemic. Curator Taraneh Fazeli and artists Kamau Amu Patton and James Allister Sprang—all alumni of Shandaken: Storm King from its past five years of residency programming—will participate in single-person residencies at the Art Center from fall 2020 through winter 2021.

This new version of Shandaken: Storm King is the first time that alumni have been invited to return for free room, board, and studio space on the grounds of the Art Center, and the first time that participants will be hosted one at a time (with each attending for four to six weeks). Shandaken and Storm King remain deeply committed to our collective artist family and look forward to reinvigorating each participant’s relationship with the Art Center, building on the foundation of their first residency experience, and allowing them to delve deeper into Storm King’s collection, programs, and culture.

Shandaken: Storm King residency is offered at no cost to participants and follows a process-focused model—giving preference to experimentation, research, and risk-taking in the studio. Residents are given unique opportunities for behind-the-scenes access to Storm King, while enjoying the private setting of Storm King’s grounds and the vibrant towns of the surrounding Hudson Valley region. 
Storm King and Shandaken announced in April that the regular season of Shandaken: Storm King had been deferred to protect the health and safety of potential residents and because of major uncertainty in the areas of travel and social gathering. All applications submitted for 2020 will be considered for the 2021 season.

Taraneh Fazeli ('16) is a curator and educator living between Brooklyn and Detroit. Her practice engages art as a site to interrogate the techniques of representation and dream more just ways of being together. After a decade at NYC-based arts organizations, such as e-flux, Artforum, Triple Canopy, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art, over the past five years Fazeli has worked as an independent curator. In 2019, she was the curator-in-residence at Red Bull Arts Detroit (Detroit, Michigan) and at the Jan van Eyck Academie (Maastricht, Netherlands). She currently teaches at the Center for Creative Studies (Detroit, Michigan); has written for art publications such as Artforum, Art in America, Flash Art; and has been a visiting critic and guest lecturer at numerous schools and arts residencies. Fazeli’s recent peripatetic exhibition Sick Time, Sleepy Time, Crip Time: Against Capitalism’s Temporal Bullying addresses the politics of health, care, and disability. I let them in. Conditional Hospitality and the Stranger. also investigated an ethic of care by looking at hospitality as a lens to understand how “white benevolence” operates in varying treatments of asylum seekers and refugees.

Kamau Amu Patton ('19) is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania in Sociology, 1995 and received his MFA from Stanford University in 2007. His work was featured in the Getty’s Pacific Standard Time Performance Festival and as part of the Machine Project Field Guide to L.A. Architecture. Patton has completed projects in soundscape studies supported by the State University of New York at Buffalo, the Mellon Elemental Arts Initiative, and the Tang Teaching Museum. Patton has exhibited extensively nationally and internationally. His work is in the collection of SFMOMA and MoMA, New York. Patton is an interdisciplinary artist and art educator. His work is an examination of history and culture through engagement with archives, documents, stories and sites. Patton’s projects are dialogic constructs and take form as expanded field conversations. Temporary architectures made solid through attention, his work is always becoming, continuing and undergoing transformation.

James Allister Sprang ('18) makes work that exists in gallery spaces, theater spaces and the space generally found between the ears. He tells stories informed by black radical and experimental traditions. For the past fifteen years, James has sustained a multidisciplinary practice with the understanding that storytelling is at the foundation of all disciplines. Sprang has built relationships with communities and audiences across experimental theater, sound art, conceptual art, performance art, poetry and spoken word with a multidisciplinary practice that cuts through segregated stories, timelines, archives and imaginations. Sprang has completed several residencies both domestically and internationally. He has also shown/performed at institutions such as The Public Theater, Baryshnikov Art Center, Vox Populi, Abrons Arts Center, The Apollo Theater, The Brooklyn Museum, Knockdown Center, Pioneer Works, Painted Bride Art Center, and The Kitchen.