The Space I am In


Exhibition Dates:
March 1- APril 30, 2021
Philip J. Steele Gallery

Due to COVID-19 procedures, exhibition access is by appointment only at a limited capacity
and must be scheduled 48 hours in advance.

Once you’ve scheduled your time to visit the exhibition on campus at RMCAD, a confirmation email will be sent. Visitors must check in at the Texas building upon arrival on their scheduled viewing date/time and can then make their way to Philip J. Steele Gallery.

TABPITF Objects - There Are Black People in the Future Objects. Image courtesy of the artist.
KC TABPITF Billboard - There Are Black People in the Future Billboard, 2020. In partnership with Goethe Institute pop up Kansas City. Photo by Goethe Institute pop up Kansas City. Image courtesy of the artist.

“The goal for this work is a survival guide. Inspired by Black woman’s legacy of survival and a prophecy for our future.”

– Alisha B. Wormsley

The Philip J. Steele Gallery presents The Space I am In by distinguished Pittsburgh-based artist Alisha B. Wormsley. Wormsley’s solo exhibition explores collective memory and the synchronicity of time through the stories of women of color, and more specifically, Black Women in America. Her work spans public art, social practice, performance, installation, film, photography, and publication.

For over a decade, Wormsley has been building the Children of NAN Archive to inform her practice. Nan, Wormsley explains, is the most used syllable for mother across African dialects. The archive/body of work consists of photography, video footage, films, objects, philosophies, myths, rituals, and performances that she uses to understand and chronicle the ways black womxn have taught one another to care for humans and the earth. Wormsley’s primary focus is to uplift and celebrate the people and places she engages with as she develops her Children of NAN Archive, and to provide spaces of critical reflection on the past, present, and future of community.

The Space I am In: The Sibyls, 2020. Installation at UICA in Grand Rapids Photo by the artist and image courtesy of the artist.

In addition to her exhibition, Wormsley will give a virtual artist talk as part of the RMCAD Visiting Artist, Scholar, and Designer Program’s (VASDP) World Building series. The RMCAD virtual artist talk and solo exhibition will be featured in collaboration with the biennial Month of Photography Denver and the RedLine Contemporary Art Center Afrofuturism + Beyond series.

Drexciyabard - Installation shot form installation Children of NAN: Drexciya, 2018. Image courtesy of the artist. Photo by Paul Mauney.

Alisha Wormsley

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