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Shikeith at Dhondt – Dhaenens

Works by multidisciplinary artist Shikeith are on view A Beautiful America at the Museum Dhondt – Dhaenens, Belgium, from November 7, 2021 through January 23, 2022, in one of four exhibitions highlighting the collection of Vermeire-Notebaert. Along with work by a variety of Afro-American artists, the exhibition features some of Shikeith’s dreamlike portraits that blur the line between sacred and secular encounters with ecstasy. For more information, please visit the Dhondt – Dhaenens website.

Shikeith at Performa 2021 Biennial

Multidisciplinary artist Shikeith showcased his first major performance at the Performa 2021 Biennial in New York City, October 23-24, 2021. The experimental opera followed the thread of hauntology vis-à-vis themes of black masculinity and queerness. For more information, please visit the Performa website.

Shikeith in The Criterion Collection

Shikeith's film, #blackmendream (2014), was featured in The Criterion Channel’s June 2021 Lineup. In celebration of Pride Month, the film archive hosted an array of queer-themed films on its platform, from documentaries to screwballs. To learn more, please see The Criterion Channel website.

Shikeith in Art in America

Shikeith was featured in the “new talent” section of the May/June Art in America issue, edited by Antwaun Sargent. Shikeith discussed concepts and footage included in still waters run deep (2021), a site-specific installation at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, in Ohio, as part of a group exhibition, “Imagine Otherwise.” For more information, please visit the publication website.

Shikeith at Crystal Bridges

Work by Shikeith was included in a group exhibition, This Is the Day, from April 24 – August 16, 2021 at the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, AR. Focusing on the Black church and its role in providing spiritual and political leadership, This Is the Day brought together artistic representations of faith, resilience, and spiritual community across Black communities and history. Other artists in the exhibition included Aaron Turner, Faith Ringgold, and Bruce Davidson. For more information, please see the Crystal Bridges website.

Shikeith at The Mattress Factory

Work by Shikeith was featured in Feeling the Spirit in the Dark, a solo exhibition on view at The Mattress Factory in Pittsburgh, PA through June 13, 2021. Incorporating photography, video, sculpture and sound, Shikeith creates a series of environments that explore histories of the Black male body alongside both sacred and secular expressions of ecstasy. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.

Shikeith at California African American Museum

Commissioned work by Shikeith was exhibited in Enunciated Life at the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, CA, from March 27 - August 15, 2021. Through video, painting, photography, and installation, the group show explored artists who draw upon sonic and choreographic elements of Black spirituality, making legible different bodily experiences and social issues. For more information, please visit the museum's website.

Shikeith at Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland

A new site-specific installation by Shikeith commissioned by moCa Cleveland, in Ohio, was on view in Imagine Otherwise February 18 — June 6, 2021. Organized by La Tanya S. Autry, moCa Cleveland’s first on-staff Black curator, the four-person exhibition presented work across media that highlights the ability of Black cultures to persist by always "imagining otherwise." Other featured artists included Imani Dennison, Amber N. Ford, and Antwoine Washington. For more information, please visit moCa Cleveland’s website.

Shikeith in Frieze Magazine

Frieze Magazine interviews Shikeith about his solo show at The Mattress Factory, in Pittsburgh, PA. Writer Mia Imani Harrison observes that the museum’s presentation “feels as much like an act of spiritual cleansing as an exhibition.” For more information, please visit the magazine’s website.

Shikeith at Red Bull Arts Detroit

Work by Shikeith will be included in Inspirited: Coda at Red Bull Arts Detroit, in Michigan, this Spring 2021. Curated by Taylor Aldridge, the exhibition presents works that draw on visual and performative iconographies of Black spirituality, Pentecostalism and church services to explore complex experiences such as euphoria, vulnerability, faith and longing. Other featured artists include Allie McGhee, Steffani Jemison and Tiona Nekkia McClodden. For more information, please visit the program’s website.

Shikeith at Fort Wayne Museum of Art

Work by Shikeith was included in The National at Fort Wayne Museum of Art, in Fort Wayne, IN, through January 31, 2021. The annual showcase presents photographic work by artists from across the country, with the intention of gathering the best contemporary photography created or exhibited within the U.S. in the last year. For more information, please visit the museum’s website.

Shikeith Receives 2020 Art Matters Foundation Grant

Shikeith has been named a 2020 recipient of the Art Matters Foundation Grant, awarded annually to artists and collective teams working across contemporary art and performance, with special emphasis given to art focusing on social issues and experimenting with form. For more information, please visit the foundation’s website.