DAMLI Tina Dunkley Fellowship in American Art
2018-2020 Curatorial Fellows
Nzinga Simmons is an art history scholar, writer and curator based in Atlanta, Georgia. She currently serves as a Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellow in American Art at the Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. Prior to her work in Atlanta, she received a B.A. in Art History from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a focus on works of art from Africa and the African Diaspora. Through her writing and curatorial practice, she aims to highlight the significant contributions of often marginalized artists to the canon of American art.
TK Smith is a curator, writer, and critic. He currently serves as a Tina Dunkley curatorial fellow in American Art at Clark Atlanta University Art Museum. Originally from Iowa, Smith has recently relocated to Atlanta from St. Louis where he received his master’s in American Studies from Saint Louis University.
Tina Dunkley Fellows Exhibitions
UNBOUND and Looming Chaos are the cumulative project of the inaugural Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellows Nzinga Simmons and TK Smith. The exhibitions approach abstraction and its use in interrogating identity, politics, and artistic expression. The multi-institutional, cross-regional curatorial fellowship is a collaborative project between Clark Atlanta University Art Museum, the Zuckerman Museum of Art, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts. Created by Dr. Maurita Poole (CAUAM), Justin Rabideau (ZMA), and Brooke Davis Anderson (PAFA) the fellowship is meant to foster the next generation of museum professionals. The exhibitions will be on view at the Bernard A. Zuckerman Museum of Art at Kennesaw State University.
Clark Atlanta University Art Museum in collaboration with the Zuckerman Museum of Art presents the Tina Dunkley Fellows exhibition opening January 25th at the Zuckerman Museum of Art.
Nzinga Simmons, Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellowship 2018-20
UNBOUND brings together a multigenerational group of artists whose work takes an inventive and experimental approach to abstraction. Their works consider the essential elements of abstract painting: color, form, gesture, line, and space, through unorthodox use of materials that break the confines of a rectangular canvas, and implode the boundaries between painting, sculpture, and installation. The works on view hang, stretch, tether, and dangle off the walls, breaking free from the bounds of figuration, and complicating the boundaries of painting itself. UNBOUND features the works of Romare Bearden, Sam Gilliam, Joe Overstreet, Eric N. Mack, Anthony Akinbola, Krista Clark, and Tariku Shiferaw.
Sam Gilliam (1933 - ). Untitled, c. 1971. Acrylic on cotton duck canvas. 116 x 262 in. 1971.002. Gift of the Artist
Romare Bearden (1911-1988). Snow Morning, 1960. Oil and casein on canvas. 55.5 x 44 in. wc06. Gift of Theodore Waddell
TK Smith, Tina Dunkley Curatorial Fellowship 2018-20
Looming Chaos is a solo exhibition of Atlanta, based artist Zipporah Camille Thompson. The exhibition explores the artist’s use of weaving to engage ideas of chaos. Thompson conceptualizes chaos as the tensions associated with personal and universal experiences of disaster and catastrophe. Her weaving practice enables her to materialize the destruction, disorder, and confusions of the world, transforming them into fantastical fiber abstractions. The deterioration of the environment, tumultuous personal histories, and the complexities of her own identity become fodder for creation.