BOMB Oral History Live! with Janet Olivia Henry and Sana Musasama

Thu, Sep 26 / 6:30 pm

Presented in partnership with the Studio Museum in Harlem and BOMB magazine, a live Oral History Project recording of Janet Olivia Henry and Sana Musasama, who will share their experiences as artists and educators with moderator Stephanie E. Goodalle, BOMB’s Oral History Fellow. Since 2014, BOMB’s Oral History Project has staged one-on-one interviews conducted by artists, curators, and scholars with New York City-based visual artists of the African Diaspora.

Janet Olivia Henry grew up in East Harlem and then in Jamaica, Queens, where she still resides. She was educated at the High School of Art and Design, HARYOU-ACT Graphics and Plastics Workshop, the School of Visual Arts, and the Fashion Institute of Technology, and received a fellowship in education from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Over the years, Henry's artwork has been exhibited in scores of solo and group shows at such venues as Asheville Art Museum, A.I.R. Gallery, the Brooklyn Museum, Five Myles, PPOW Gallery, the Queens Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Newark Museum, Artists Space, and Just Above Midtown. As a funder and educator, Janet Olivia Henry has worked at the New York State Council on the Arts, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, Lower Eastside Girls Club, WHEDco, Studio in a School, and currently at Brooklyn Heights Montessori School.

Sana Musasama received her BA from City College of New York in 1973 and her MFA from Alfred University in 1988. Sana received the 2018 Achievement Award from the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts for her years of teaching and her humanitarian work with victims of sex trafficking in Cambodia. Musasama is the coordinator of the Apron Project, a sustainable entrepreneurial project for girls and young women reintegrated back into society after being forced into sex trafficking. Musasama’s work was shown in the 2001 Florence Biennial. She was awarded Anonymous Was a Woman in 2002, and her work is in the collections of the Museum of Arts and Design, The Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina; Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum; and the Hood Museum of Art in Hanover, New Hampshire. She was awarded the ACLU of Michigan for ArtPrize 7 and ArtPrize 8 works.

Stephanie E. Goodalle is a writer, curator, and BOMB’s Oral History fellow. Her writing has appeared in BOMB and BURNAWAY and past curatorial and programming endeavors include Synesthesia: Sound, Color, and Iconography in Free to Be at Jenkins Johnson Projects; Other Articulations of the Real at the Hessel Museum, NY; and Click, Click: Conversations on Black Photography. Goodalle has an MA from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, and a BA from Spelman College in Atlanta, GA.

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