Jacolby Satterwhite
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  • Jacolby Satterwhite
  • Biography
  • Jacolby Satterwhite (b. 1986, Columbia, SC) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. He received a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (2008), and a MFA from the University of Pennsylvania (2012). In 2013, he was a recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Grant, and a United States Artists Award in 2016. His work has been included in exhibitions at several prestigious institutions, including the Bronx Museum, New York, NY; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


    Jacolby Satterwhite’s vibrant work weaves together performance, animation, and personal ephemera. His videos and performances build on household or cosmetic products that his schizophrenic mother imagined and sketched. Satterwhite traces these objects and incorporates them into a virtual world filled with family videos and recordings of the artist dancing and vogue-ing in bright, tight body suits. “There are limits with what you can do with objects, because objects are imbedded with history, politics and all kinds of anxiety,” he has said. “To put myself in a virtual world is a political gesture, negating all those associations.” Satterwhite’s worlds evoke the escapism of Afro-futurism and suggest a posthuman quasi-utopic virtual reality.



    Recent exhibitions include: Myths of the Marble, Institute of Contemporary Art University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA; New Revolutions: Goodman Gallery at 50, Goodman Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa; 9th Berlin Bienniale, KW Institute of Contemporary Art, Berlin, Germany; When the Stars Begin to Fall, Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, MA; Concentrations 59: Mirror Stage, Dallas Art Museum, Dallas, TX; Under the Clouds, Serralves Museum, Porta, Portugal; Radical Presence, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, San Francisco, CA; America is Hard to See, Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; and Disguise, at the Fowler Art Museum, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA. Satterwhite’s work is included in public collections at the Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; the Studio Museum in Harlem, NY; San Jose Museum of Art, San Jose, CA; the Seattle Art Museum, WA; and the Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY.

  • Exhibitions
    • The Legacy of Architectonic Futurism
      Jun 15, 2018 - Sep 2, 2018
      Opening: Jun 15, 2018 17:00 Friday
      Artists: AUJIK , Jacolby Satterwhite , Lebbeus Woods , LI Hu + HUANG Wenjing | OPEN Architecture, Lore Vanelslande, Lyndon Neri + Rossana Hu | Neri&Hu Design and Research Office, Maik Wolf , Michael Najjar , Nabuqi , Pierre Jean Giloux , You Jin
      • Group Exhibitions
  • Artworks
    • Venus Region Four | Jacolby Satterwhite

      Other | Wallpaper | Dimensions variable | 2017

    • Healing in My House | Jacolby Satterwhite

      Video | 3D animation and sound | 00:09:26 | 2016