New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem announced on October 14 that it had selected Jeffrey Meris. Devin N. Morris and Charisse Pearlina Weston as artists in residence 2022–23. Each will receive a $25,000 stipend, as well as studio space and access to mentors, and the three will present their work in a group show at the institution as the residency nears its end.
Born in Haiti and raised in Nassau, Bahamas, Meris examined the experience of black people through a social lens before the Covid-19 pandemic. In recent months he has paired mundane processes and objects with sculptural, metalwork and casting methods to express his own healing and to heal society’s broader historical wounds. Meris’ previous practice also includes drawing, performance and installation.
Born in Baltimore, Morris engages with racial and sexual identity through a practice that encompasses painting, photography, writing, and video, often at the 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 webs formed through different types of relationships—romantic, platonic, and familial.
Weston, a Brooklyn-based conceptual artist and writer, cites her childhood in the predominantly black, working-class Hiram Clark neighborhood of southwest Houston as a major influence. Her oeuvre—which includes glass sculpture, sound, text, video, and photography—deals with the black inner workings as a site of black resistance, which she explores through folding, concealing, and repeating.
“We are delighted to welcome Jeffrey Meris, Devin N. Morris and Charisse Pearlina Weston to the prestigious roster of our artist-in-residence program, which has shaped the Studio Museum almost since its inception and is reshaping the culture through the achievements of our alumni defined,” said Thelma Golden, director and chief curator of the Studio Museum.
The prestigious residency is known for enhancing 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 and Mickalene Thomas , and Kehinde Wiley. The program received an endowment this year from the Potomac, Maryland-based Glenstone Foundation, which will provide it with an ongoing funding base.