Jeffrey Meris and Titus Kaphar in Conversation
White Columns

Jeffrey Meris and Titus Kaphar in Conversation

Moderated by Matthew Higgs

Thursday, March 4, 2021 at 5pm EST

Jeffrey Meris and Titus Kaphar. Photography: Merik Goma

Please join White Columns and NXTHVN for a conversation between artists Jeffrey Meris and Titus Kaphar on the occasion of Meris’ solo exhibition Still Standing at White Columns.


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Jeffrey Meris was born in 1991 in Haiti and subsequently raised in the Bahamas. Meris’ exhibition at White Columns coalesces his stated interest in “ecology, embodiment, and the lived experience” whilst simultaneously healing “deeply personal and historical wounds.” Still Standing brings together a group of interrelated works produced over the past year during Meris’ residency at NXTHVN, New Haven, CT. Jeffrey Meris received an A.A. in Art from The University of The Bahamas, Nassau, Bahamas (2012); a BFA in Sculpture from Tyler School of Art and Architecture, Philadelphia, PA (2015); and a MFA in Visual Arts from Columbia University, New York (2019.) His work has been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently in Unmastered curated by Tavares Strachan for Mestre Projects, Nassau, Bahamas; overmydeadbody curated by Tavares Strachan and Laurie Lazer for The Luggage Store, San Francisco, CA (both 2020) and various exhibitions at The National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. Meris is currently a 2020 NXTHVN Studio Fellow.

Titus Kaphar is an artist whose paintings, sculptures, and installations examine the history of representation by transforming its styles and mediums with formal innovations to emphasize the physicality and dimensionality of the canvas and materials themselves. Kaphar received a MFA from the Yale School of Art and is a distinguished recipient of numerous prizes and awards including a 2018 MacArthur Fellowship, a 2018 Art for Justice Fund grant, a 2016 Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship grant, and a 2015 Creative Capital grant. Kaphar’s painting, Analogous Colors, was featured on the cover of the June 15, 2020 issue of TIME. In 2017, he gave a TED talk at the annual conference in Vancouver, where he completed a whitewash painting, Shifting the Gaze, onstage. Kaphar’s work has been included in solo exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, MoMA PS1 and the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, among others. His work is included in the collections of Crystal Bridges Museum, Bentonville, AK; the Pérez Art Museum Miami (PAMM), Miami, FL; The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), New York, NY; the Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY; the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY and The Metropolitan Museum of Art (the MET), New York, NY, amongst others. Kaphar’s commitment to social engagement has led him to move beyond traditional modes of artistic expression to establish NXTHVN, an arts incubator and professional development program in New Haven, Connecticut.

NXTHVN is a new national arts model that empowers emerging artists and curators of color through education and access. Now in its third year of operation, NXTHVN accelerates professional careers in the arts through intergenerational mentorship, professional development and cross-sector collaboration.
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White Columns was founded in 1970 by a group of artists in SoHo and originally known as 112 Greene Street/112 Workshop. The organization changed its name to White Columns in 1980 when it relocated to 325 Spring Street. Now based in the Meatpacking District, White Columns privileges the work of artists who have yet to benefit from wider critical, curatorial or commercial support. White Columns is celebrating its 50th Anniversary during its 2020/21 season.
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Jeffrey Meris’ exhibition Still Standing continues at White Columns through March 6. Installation images and the press release can be viewed here:

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