Franklin Furnace Fund Recipients 2011-12

(Neptune, New Jersey)Lawrence Graham-Brown

Lawrence Graham-Brown was born and raised in Jamaica, is self educated, and lives and works in New York and New Jersey. He is a cross-disciplinary artist who works in sculpture, painting, performance, among other media. His work has been presented by: Bluesky Project, Dayton, Ohio, Dixon Place New York, Aljira Center for Contemporary Arts, Newark, NJ, The Queens Museum of Art, El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance in New York, Real Art Ways, Hartford, CT, the 2008 Shanghai Biennial in China, Galleria Homero Massena, Victoria, Brazil, the National Gallery of Jamaica and the Institute of Jamaica, Museum of Ethnography in Kingston, Jamaica, among other places.

Lawrence Graham-Brown, Rites of Passage

Lawrence Graham-Brown, Rites of Passage is a performance and film based on Afro, Caribbean, and Queer Folklore via the Ras-Pan-Afro-Homo-Sapien construct. The performance will include liturgical actions of cleansing/confession, exhortation, mourning/lamentations and Queer religious love feast, questioning notions of gender, identity, sex/sexuality, ethnic ism, et al. This project will include a full color catalog, DVD and three essays contributed by: Dr. David Boxer, Chief Curator and Curator Emeritus, National Gallery of Jamaica, Edwin Ramoran, Independent Curator, NY, and Keith Morrisson Professor and former Dean, Tyler School of Art, Temple University, PA. Each catalog will also contain an original art work of which seventy-five will be made, signed and numbered.