If writing is thinking and discovery and selection and order and meaning, it is also awe and reverence and mystery and magic.
— Toni Morrison, "The Site of Memory"
 
 

Bio

 

Kenturah Davis is an artist working between Los Angeles, New Haven and Accra (Ghana). Her work oscillates between various facets of portraiture and design. Using text as a point of departure, she explores the fundamental role that language has in shaping how we understand ourselves and the world around us. This manifests in a variety of forms including drawings, textiles, sculpture and performances. Davis was commissioned by LA Metro to create large-scale, site-specific work that will be permanently installed on the new Crenshaw/LAX rail line, opening in 2020. Her work has been included in institutional exhibitions in Africa, Asia, Australia and Europe. Davis earned her BA from Occidental College and MFA  Yale University School of Art. Davis is an inaugural artist fellow at NXTHVN in New Haven, CT.

 
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Curriculum Vitae

 

EDUCATION:

Yale School of Art (New Haven, CT), MFA (2018)

Occidental College (Los Angeles, CA), B.A. in Art History and Visual Arts, Cum Laude

 

SOLO/TWO-PERSON EXHIBITIONS:

“Blur in the Interest of Precision” - Matthew Brown Los Angeles (Los Angeles, CA) 2019.

"Kenturah Davis + Desmond Lewis" - Crosstown Arts, Presented by Seed Space and Delta Axis (Memphis, TN) 2019

“Narratives and Meditations” - Papillion (Los Angeles, CA) 2014.

“sonder” - Papillion Institute of Art (Los Angeles, CA) 2013.

“euphemisms” - Curve Line Space Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) 2011.

 

SELECT GROUP EXHIBITIONS:

"Punch, Curated by Nina Chanel Abney" - Jeffrey Deitch Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) 2019

"Plumb Line: Charles White and the Contemporary" - California African American Museum (Los Angeles, CA) 2019

"As Long as We’re Flying…” - Luce Gallery (Turin, ITALY) 2019

"Fashioning the Black Body” - Projects + Gallery (St. Louis, MO) 2019

"Portraits" - Foxy Productions (NYC, NY) 2019

"Block Party" - Jenkins Johnson Gallery (NYC, NY) 2018

"Way Out Now" - Diane Rosenstein (Los Angeles, CA) 2018

"Kaleidescope" - Kravetz|Wehby (NYC, NY) 2018

"Linked in Tradition, Inspiring in Vision: A Selection of Works by African American Women Artists" - Robert and Frances Museum of Art (San Bernadino, CA) 2017

"Black Joy" - Yale University. (New Haven, CT) 2016

"Southland" - Charlie James Gallery. (Los Angeles, CA) 2016.

“We Must Risk Delight” – Accademia di Belle Arti di Venezia, Venice Biennale (Venice, ITALY) 2015.

"African Electronics" - CHALÉ WOTE Street Art Festival (Accra, GHANA) 2015.

“The Silence of Ordinary Things” – The Mistake Room. (Los Angeles, CA) 2015.

“I Just Want the Paper” - The Mine Factory. (Pittsburgh, PA) 2014.

“i:23” - The Yokohama Triennial. (Yokohama, JAPAN) 2014

“An American Water Margin” - Ucity Museum at Guangzhou Academy of Fine Arts, (Guangzhou, CHINA) 2014

“Interface: Art/Fashion/Anti-Fashion” - Cal State Long Beach (Long Beach, CA) 2013.

“Mas Attack” - Torrance Art Museum (Torrance, CA) 2013.

“Mis-Design” Ian Potter Museum, University of Melbourne (Melbourne, AUSTRALIA) 2011.

“panelshop/Design Loves Art” Pacific Design Center (Los Angeles, CA) 2011.

"Expanding the Matrix" - Occidental College's Weingart Gallery (Los Angeles, CA) 2010.

“smockshop Berlin” Sprüth Magers Gallery (Berlin, GERMANY) 2009.

“smockshop High Desert Test Sites CB08” California Biennial (Joshua Tree, CA) 2008.

 

AWARDS/RESIDENCIES:

Surfs Point Artist-in-Residence (Surfs Point, ME) 2020

NXTHVN Artist Fellow (New Haven, CT) 2019

Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship Awardee - Yale School of Art (New Haven, CT) 2018

Osei-Duro Artist-in-Residence (Accra, Ghana) 2018

DAMLI Fellow - Cleveland Museum of Art (2018)

COMMISSIONS/SPECIAL PROJECTS:

“Sonder” – Crenshaw/LAX project, LA METRO. (Los Angeles, CA) 2020: One of fourteen selected artists to create site-specific, integrated artworks for the new Crenshaw/LAX Metro Line.

“Four Women” - Alliance Française Accra Mural series (Accra, Ghana) 2014

“Métamorphose” - L’Exposition AD Interieurs (Paris, France) 2013

Andrea Zittel’s Smockshop - A-Z West (Los Angeles/Joshua Tree, CA) 2007-2009

“Ray Charles America” - A&E Documentary 2008