ALL ARTS is partnering with the Shed to expand its artist-in-residence program with the introduction of four visionary New York City-based Black artists working across disciplines: Jonathan McCrory, Matthew Whitaker, DonChristian Jones and Le’Andra LeSeur. The artists will produce a range of original content, slated to premiere in a festival in early 2022 and to air on the ALL ARTS broadcast channel, streaming app and other digital platforms.
Each artist will bring their unique vision and work to their residencies.
Jonathan McCrory, an Obie Award-winning artist and executive artistic director at National Black Theatre, will produce a visual, sonic opera. Matthew Whitaker, a young musician studying jazz at the Juilliard School, will develop an autobiographical documentary about his musical evolution.
DonChristian Jones and Le’Andra LeSeur were selected as artists-in-residence through the Shed’s Open Call series — a large-scale commissioning program for emerging New York City-based artists. Jones is an artist, singer-songwriter and producer whose outdoor performance for the Shed was inspired by car trips taken with his mother and her four sisters in 1990s Philadelphia. LeSeur is a multimedia artist who will use video, installation, photography, painting and performance to dissect the effects of rhythm on the body in its quest for liberation.
“We are very excited to expand our artist-in-residence program and collaborate closely with the Shed to introduce these four incredible Black artists, all working in very different disciplines,” ALL ARTS Artistic Director James King said. “We can’t wait to spotlight the innovative work they create.”
“Supporting local early career artists is a foundational aspect of the Shed’s civic work,” Tamara McCaw, chief civic program officer for the Shed, said. “Through our partnership with ALL ARTS, we’re able to deepen the reach and impact of the Shed’s Open Call commissioning program — connecting a dynamic and innovative group of artists to a wider audience.”
The selected artists will follow in the steps of ALL ARTS’ inaugural artist-in-residence Taylor Mac, who produced “Whitman in the Woods,” a drag performance exploring Walt Whitman’s poetry for ALL ARTS.
Top Image: From left to right: Le’Andra LeSeur, Matthew Whitaker, Jonathan McCrory and DonChristian Jones.