a:nn pa:le Earthseed

Jeffrey Meris in Conversation with Tomashi Jackson and Alexandria Smith

April 2, 2024

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Jeffrey Meris sits on a stool in his studio
Photo credit: Lelanie Foster

Join 2022–23 Studio Museum artist in residence Jeffrey Meris for a conversation with artists Tomashi Jackson and Alexandria Smith. The term “ann pale,” Haitian Creole for “let’s talk”, frames this intimate conversation about Octavia Butler’s Earthseed book series. Butler’s science fiction novels have been an inspiration for many artists and a means to examine the complexities and possibilities of Black futurity. This discussion will explore references and methodologies in the artists’ practices and how Butler’s legacy has influenced their work.

This program takes place via Zoom with live CART captioning and ASL interpretation.


April 2, 2024, 6:00 – 7:00pm

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And ever an edge: Studio Museum Artists in Residence 2022–23 is organized by Yelena Keller, Assistant Curator, the Studio Museum in Harlem; and Jody Graf, Assistant Curator, MoMA PS1. Exhibition research and support is provided by Sheldon Gooch, the Studio Museum in Harlem and MoMA Joint Curatorial Fellow.


MoMA PS1 support for And ever an edge is generously provided by the Tom Slaughter Exhibition Fund and the MoMA PS1 Annual Exhibition Fund.

The Studio Museum in Harlem’s Artist-in-Residence program is funded by the Glenstone Foundation. Additional support for the Artist-in-Residence program is provided by The American Express Kenneth and Kathryn Chenault Sponsorship Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; Joy of Giving Something; Robert Lehman Foundation; Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; Jerome Foundation; Anonymous; Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation; and by endowments established by the Andrea Frank Foundation; the Jacob and Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence Trust; and Rockefeller Brothers Fund. Additional funding is generously provided by The New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and New York State Council on the Arts.