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Artist Sangram Majumdar joins artist Josephine Halvorson for a conversation.

In this talk: 🚩 Sangram Majumdar —— Sangram Majumdar (b. Kolkata, India, 1976) holds a MFA from Indiana University and a BFA from RISD. Recent solo exhibition venues include Galerie Mirchandani+Steinruecke, Mumbai; Geary Contemporary, NY, Steven Harvey Fine Art Projects, NY, and Asia Society Texas Center, Houston. Selected group exhibition venues include Shoshana Wayne Gallery, LA, The Landing Gallery, LA and James Cohan Gallery, NY. Selected awards include a Gottlieb Foundation Grant, NYFA Grant, American Academy of Arts and Letters purchase award, NY, a MacDowell Fellowship, a residency at Yaddo, and the 2009-10 Marie Walsh Sharpe Grant. His work has been reviewed in _Artforum, the Brooklyn Rail, Hyperallergic, among others. Sangram is a member of National Academy of Design. He lives and works in Seattle, WA.

🚩 Josephine Halvorson —— Artist Josephine Halvorson makes art that foregrounds firsthand experience and takes the form of painting, sculpture, and printmaking. Born in Brewster, Massachusetts, she studied at The Cooper Union (BFA 2003), Yale Norfolk (2002), and Columbia University (MFA 2007). In 2021, she was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship. Halvorson is the recipient of major international residencies and fellowships such as the Harriet Hale Woolley at the Fondation des États-Unis in Paris, France (2007-8), and was the first American pensionnaire at the French Academy in Rome at the Villa Medici (2014-15). She is a subject of Art21’s documentary series New York Close Up. She is Professor of Art and Chair of Graduate Studies in Painting at Boston University.


“How do I make space for myself on my own terms, independent of the viewer’s gaze and expectations? How does it push against the constant pressure of performing for others?

For this exhibition, I have been thinking a lot about how the everyday and the mythic can find common ground. I am inspired by people and places in my life, stories from the past that often have deeper subtexts, and of course the world of images, what’s come before. Figurative moments appear and reappear as bodily gestures, silhouettes, shadows. Words like “nearness”, “intimacy”, “vulnerability”, but also “resistance” and “inaccessibility” are always part of the conversation. The familiar becomes unfamiliar and vice versa. Bodies appear, dissolve, and reappear. “

Sangram Majumdar Jan 11, 2024

“Sangram Majumdar’s work is a rare combination of boldness and vulnerability, sophistication, and wonderment … Restlessness is one of the hallmarks of Majumdar’s work. It also suggests the depth of his pictorial ambition. The formal basis of his exploration is the relationship between figure and ground, the subject, and its surrounding space. Majumdar (recognizes) that the space surrounding the figure – particular an individual of color – (is) not secure.”
(excerpted from the catalog essay Humans and Demons, 2024 published in the exhibition catalog for somewhere elsewhere)

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