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Latricia Morgan (The Artsy Plug) is an NYC based photographer and creative director who is “breathing new life into the art world” through her analog and digital photography.
Morgan captures the beauty of diversity through her portraits and multimedia designs.
Kulture Hub’s Ethan Seidenberg describes Morgan as “re-defining perfection her own way” as she encourages people to stay true to themselves through her art.
Morgan is accepting new clients on a limited and PPE-friendly basis.
Fine art print pricing, upon request.
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The Privilege of Escape (2019) was an interactive, escape-room-inspired public art project. Escape rooms are live-action games where small groups of players work together to find clues and complete tactile logic puzzles in order to solve their way out of a room before time runs out.
Upon arrival, attendees found themselves cast as test subjects in a research study. After checking in, they were given lanyards marked “A” or “B” and directed into separate rooms. During the experiment, both groups raced against the clock to solve a series of self-directed exercises within 45 minutes. Afterward, they regrouped for a comparative performance analysis where they found out that they had the same tasks, but one group was given a game-changing limitation. Participants were asked to share their respective observations and feelings, creating a live, one-to-one comparison of struggling with structural disadvantage vs. performing to your full potential with the privilege of normal conditions.
By distilling the mechanics of social inequity and repackaging them in a disarmingly playful environment, The Privilege of Escape transformed social privilege from an abstract concept into a tangible, emotional experience. The project acts as an experiential metaphor that ends by posing the question: "if people discover the game is unfair, will they work together to change it?"
This temporary public art installation was produced by Creative Time for its inaugural Emerging Artist Open Call. The project was hosted by Onassis USA from July 18 - Aug 11, with two extensions from Aug 13 - 18 and Sept 12 - 29 in 2019.
Kevin Claiborne (b. 1989) is a multidisciplinary conceptual artist whose work examines intersections of identity, social environment, & mental health within the Black American experience.
Moving between collage, silkscreen, photography, painting, and sculpture, while frequently using language as material, Claiborne is interested in finding new ways to look at history and its connection to the present moment. He holds a B.S. in Mathematics from the historically Black college North Carolina Central University (2012), an M.S. in Higher Education from Syracuse University (2016), and is currently an MFA Visual Arts candidate at Columbia University (2021).
Kevin is currently living and working in Harlem, New York City.
Gaby Moss Designs is a woman-owned, small business located in Nyack, NY. Each unique piece is designed and handcrafted in the artist’s home studio.
Gaby Moss grew up in Manhattan and studied Cultural Anthropology at Wesleyan University. Art has always been part of her life, from jewelry and book making, to illustration and dance.
The mission of Jamal Jackson Dance Company (JJDC) is to translate the creative vision of Artistic Director Jamal Jackson into choreography and educational tools for use in performances, workshops and community outreach that will teach people about the connection between African and American cultures.
Escaping Time: Art from U.S. Prisons exhibits and sells artworks created within prison walls nationwide.
Through art, we work to change the narrative and break the stereotype of what society imagines when thinking about the incarcerated. The art serves as a reminder that the men and women in prison are more than their charges.
Visitors to our exhibitions come away with a more nuanced view of the criminal justice system and the need for society to have a vested interest in programs to better prepare prisoners to successfully reenter society.
Afruz Amighi (b 1974, Iran) completed her BA in political science at Barnard College at Columbia University, before going on to complete her MFA at New York University. She is the inaugural recipient of the Jameel Prize for Middle Eastern Contemporary art, awarded by the Victoria & Albert Museum in London in 2009. Amighi has exhibited her work in the United States, London and the Middle East.
In 2011, Amighi was the recipient of a NYFA fellowship in sculpture. In 2013, her work was commissioned for the 55th Venice Biennale. Amighi's large-scale installations have been exhibited at The Fields Sculpture Park at Art OMI International and at IN/SITU Ohio Street Beach in Chicago, Illinois. In 2018 she had her first museum exhibition at the Frist Art Museum in Nashville, Tennessee.
Amighi’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Houston Museum of Fine Art, the Victoria & Albert Museum, and The Morgan Museum and Library, among others. Her work is currently on view at the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco and the Asia Society Museum in New York. Amighi currently lives and works in Brooklyn, New York.
How Of Light & Dust came to be.
Archetypes help us situate ourselves in the world, and from there beautiful mythologies can arise. That is the Tarot. A place of gathering for myths, seemingly disparate, into a dimension that disobeys time and space, borders and tongues. Of Light & Dust is my attempt to add a facet to that dimension, to re-introduce an ancient cast of characters—our ancestors, idols, ghosts, and gods—who have helped navigate us through light and shadow.
Illustrated by Afruz Amighi, Graphic Design by @gooddaymachine