Shani Peters (2012/ Apexart)

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Motown 2 Def Jam, LeRoy Neiman Art Center NY, NY June-
TOONSKIN: An Exploration of Blackness in Sequential Art, ArtSpace, New Haven, CT, May-JuneDeCenter: Exhibition on the Centenary of the 1913 Armory Show, Abrons Arts, NY Feb-April
African Obama Fabrics and the Story Skirt Project, Baron Gallery, Oberlin College, Oberlin, OH Feb.
Positive/Negative 28: Minority Rule, Slocumb Galleries, East Tennessee State Univ, TN, Feb-March
Location Relative, Contact Theatre, Manchester, UK, Oct.-Jan. 2013
Newark Scene and Heard, Gallery Affero, Newark, NJ, October-December
Scribus 03 Resident Work, Rogue Studios & Project Space, Manchester, UK, October
GET IT ON THE RECORD, Visceglia Gallery, Caldwell College, Bloomfield, NJ, Sept.-Oct.
Me.We.She, Fleisher/Ollman, Philadelphia, PA, Feb.- March
Bard College Difference and Media Film Festival, Weis Cinema, Red Hook, NY, February
CPT: Time History and Memory, The Gallatin Galleries, New York Univ, NY, NY, February
Multiple, Limited, Unique: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts, traveling exhibition: Savannah College of Arts and Design, Minnesota Center for Book Arts, Museum of Printing History, Lafayette College, Book Club of California, 2011-‘13
Bronx Calling: The First AIM Bienniel, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY, June-Sept.
Black X: Experimental African Diasporan Film Series, Maysles Cinema, NY, NY, May
ActNow: New Voices in Black Cinema Film Festival, Brooklyn Shorts Block, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) Cinématek, Brooklyn, NY, February
Observed, Imagined and Recreated, Longwood Art Gallery, Bronx NY, Jan-May
Keyholder’s Exhibition, Lower East Side Printshop, NY, NY, Nov.-Jan. 2011
Kinetic, Dash Gallery, NY, NY, July
The Panthers Showed Unity then The House was Divided, Add Art web based solo show, JuneJamaica Flux: Art as Action, Jamaica Performing Arts Center, Queens, NY, April
African Film Festival, Schomburg Center for Black Culture and Research, NY, NY, February
Black Artist as Activist, Corridor Gallery Brooklyn, NY, Jan.-March
Doc Watchers: Harlem Made Shorts, Maysles Cinema NY, NY, October
Camera/Chimera, Gallery Aferro in Newark, NJ, September
Fresh: An Exhibition of Urban Contemporary Art, Target Gallery, Alexandria, VA, May
Reciprocity: Welcome to My Territory, Seung Ae Kim and Shani Peters, cashama space, NY, April
Layers of Current-cy: Black History in America, Harlem School of Arts, NY, NY, Feb-March
White Lies: Black Noise, Rush Arts Gallery, NY, NY, Nov.-Jan. 2009
M.F.A Thesis Exhibition, City College of New York Gallery, NY, NY, October
NEW PRINTS 2008/ Summer Artists’ Commentary, IPCNY, NY, June-Aug.
Generations IV, A.I.R. Gallery, NY, NY, Feb.-March

Create Change: Laundromat Project Artist Residency, New York, NY June-Oct., 2013
Visual Arts Network Exhibition Residency @ Project Row Houses, Houston, TX April-May 2013
apexart Outbound Residency: Seoul, South Korea, December 2012-January 2013
Art Funkl Scribus Residency for Writers and Digital Media Artists, Manchester, UK, Sept.-Oct., 2012
Lower East Side Print Shop Keyholders Residency, New York, NY April 2010- April 2011
Bronx Museum Artist In the Marketplace, New York, NY 2010-11
2009/10 Fellowship recipient from the Urban Artist Initiative/New York City
Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Swing Space Grant, New York, NY June-September, 2009
Center For Book Arts 2009 Artist-In-Residence, New York, NY
“Best in Show”, Fresh: An Exhibition of Urban Contemporary Art, Target Gallery, Alexandria VA, 2009
City College of New York Theresa Ralston McCabe Connor Award, Spring 2007

Open Engagement ‘13, Individual Artist Projects in Social Context w/ The Laundromat Project, Portland OR, May 2013
Portland State University, Art and Social Practice Wednesday Afternoon Conversation Series, Portland, OR May, 2013
Portland Museum of Contemporary Craft, Visiting Artist: Shani Peters presents Crafting Counter Histories: The Art of Counter Storytelling, Portland OR May 2013
1040 Lounge: Bronx Museum of the Arts Artist Talk Series, Bronx, NY, February 2013
Seoul Art Space Geumcheon: Artist Talk (apexart Outbound Artist Residency program partnership), December, 2012
Scribus 03 Resident Talk, Rogue Studios & Project Space, Manchester, UK, October, 2012
Bard College Difference and Media Film Festival, Filmmaker Discussion, Weis Cinema, Red Hook, NY February, 2012
A-Lab Forum, Winter ’11 Focus: ARTE UTIL, Queens, NY Crossing Art Gallery, December, 2011
Bronx Calling: The First AIM Bienniel, Artist Talk Series, Bronx Museum of Art, Bronx, NY July, 2011
MoMA Teen Night Artist Talk, NY, NY, November, 2010
2009 Residents Work, Resident Talk Center for Book Arts, NY, NY April, 2010
African Film Festival, Filmmaker Discussion, Schomburg Center, NY, NY February, 2010

Art Papers, You, Me, We, She- Philadelphia Review, July/August 2012
Philadelphia Inquirer, “A wide-ranging celebration of 2d-wave feminism“, March 11, 2012
Multiple, Limited, Unique: Selections from the Permanent Collection of the Center for Book Arts exh. Cat., The Center for Book Arts, 2011
Bronx Calling: The First AIM Biennial exh. Cat., 79, The Bronx Museum of Art, 2011
New York Daily News, “New festival highlights Brooklyn’s up-and-coming black moviemakers: BAM’s Splice of Life”, February 3, 2011
BoomBox, “Damon Dash's Gallery Gets 'Kinetic”, July 22, 2010
Groundswell, “In Review: Smack Mellon, Social Forum, Re:Group, Add Art, HONK! Benefit”, June 23, 2010
Village Voice, “Kinetic at Dash Gallery”, June 22, 2010
Jamaica FLUX ’10, exh. cat., 178-181, Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning, 2010
Amsterdam News, "African Film Fest, Schomburg screen controversial ‘Hertskovits at the Heart of Blackness’’, Feb. 25-March 3, 2010
Amsterdam News, ‘Corridor Gallery to highlight the role of Black artists as activists’, Jan. 27- Feb. 3, 2010
Camera/Chimera, exh. cat., 13-14, Gallery Aferro, 2009

CONTACTPROJECT.NET, CONTACT (online) Artist-in Residence, June 2012
HerStory is MyStory, documentary short by Angela Bankhead, filmmaker feature, April 2012
MOCADA TV, Feature: The Obama Skirt Project Aisha Cousins, and Shani Peters, December, 2012
Under the Mush online magazine, ‘History Rewritten: Shani Peters’, December 2010
MISS online magazine, ‘Women Making History: Chanel and Shani of Harlem Textile Works’, April 2010

Master of Fine Arts - The City College of New York, NY- 2009
Bachelor of Arts - Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI- 2002

Battle for the Hearts and Minds
A single channel video depicting a battle of words between historical black legends W.E.B. DuBois and Marcus Garvey. Relating their 1920's ideological feud to hip-hop, the ongoing "fight" for social justice, and black American disunity in general, this event is presented as a cross between a heavy weight fight and a rap battle.

W.E.B. DuBois was very well educated in American schools and worked to elevate the black Americans position within the U.S.  Marcus Garvey was self taught and created a very large international organization of African Diasporan people that worked towards moving black people back to Africa to establish an independent home.  They had very different styles but actually many of the same goals.  They both lived in the Harlem area of New York, where I live now so I created a narrative in which they have a sort-of “show down” in the neighborhood attended by myself as a little girl, my mother and Grandmother (who also lived in Harlem) as well historical figures and more contemporary hip hop stars who have also had public feuds over differing style and background.