New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem revealed on October 14 that it cast Jeffrey Meris. Devin N. Morris and Charisse Pearlina Weston as 2022-2023 Artists in Residence. Each will receive a $25,000 stipend along with studio space and access to mentors, and the three will showcase their work in a group exhibition at the institution as the residency draws to a close.
Meris, born in Haiti and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, before the Covid-19 pandemic, investigated the black experience through a social lens. Over the past few months, he has combined mundane processes and objects using sculpting, metalworking and casting methods to express his own healing and to heal society’s larger historical wounds. Meris’ practice to date has further incorporated drawing, performance and installation.
Originally from Baltimore, Morris approaches racial and sexual identity through a practice that encompasses painting, photography, writing and video, often in service of what the artist describes as environments of personal innocence. Morris is particularly interested in how individuals are affected by their habitats and the networks formed by various types of relationships – romantic, platonic and familial.
Weston, a Brooklyn-based conceptual artist and writer, cites growing up in the mostly black, working-class Hiram Clark neighborhood in southwest Houston as a major influence. Her work – which encompasses glass sculpture, sound, text, video and photography – engages with black inner life as a site of black resistance, which she examines through folding, concealment and repetition.
“We are thrilled to welcome Jeffrey Meris, Devin N. Morris and Charisse Pearlina Weston to the distinguished roster of our Artist-in-Residence program, which has defined the Studio Museum almost since its inception and redefined culture through the accomplishments of our alumni,” said Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum.
The prestigious residency is known for elevating the careers of its participants, including Jordan Casteel, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Lauren Halsey, David Hammons, Maren Hassinger, Titus Kaphar, Simone Leigh, Kerry James Marshall, Julie Mehretu, Wangechi Mutu, Mickalene Thomas, and Kehinde Wiley. This year, the program received an endowment gift from the Glenstone Foundation, based in Potomac, Maryland, which will provide it with a funding base in perpetuity.