Ebony G. Patterson draws upon the art and culture of her native Jamaica to create ambitious installations and public art projects that probe questions about the body and spectatorship, violence and oppression, and histories of colony and empire. Ebony G. Patterson: … when the land is in plumage…will consist of a series of installations reflective of New Orleans’ diverse historical roots, from West Africa to the Caribbean and beyond. Patterson will bring forward past histories and give voice to present-day communities within the city who have not, as yet, seen themselves reflected in the museum. She will work closely with local artists, master artisans, and community partners who will teach her local craft traditions and help her investigate the alternative forms of making and knowing that are part of the city’s cultural heritage. Ebony G. Patterson: … when the land is in plumage… will be Patterson’s first solo museum presentation in New Orleans, and will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue, also the first in-depth scholarly publication on her work.
“It is an honor to be part of The Warhol Foundation’s mission to support the visual arts coupled with its commitment to specifically support the voices of women, POC, Native Americans, and LGBTQ. It is simply thrilling to be part of an organization where we get to see these values writ large and implement real change in real life ways in the visual arts community that still so needs to move forward in terms of social justice, equality, and diversity. We put our money where our mouth is. How many institutions actually do that?”
Deborah Kass, Artist