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Stacy Lynn Waddell In conversation with Catherine Morris

Stacy Lynn Waddell (b. North Carolina, 1966) lives and works in North Caroline. Recent solo exhibition include CANDICE MADEY, New York, NY (2021); Visual Arts Center of Richmond, Richmond, VA (2015); and Weatherspoon Art Museum, Greensboro, NC (2011) Recent group exhibitions include The Art of the Ecstatic, KARMA, New York, NY (curated by Hilton Als) (2021); Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA (2021); Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, NY (2018). Her work is in the collections of The Princeton Art Museum, The Studio Museum in Harlem, The Brooklyn Museum, among numerous other museums and private collections. In fall of 2022, Stacy will be a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellow in Umbria, Italy. In 2017, she was an Artist-in-Residence at Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans. She was a 2010 recipient of the Joan Mitchell Foundation.

Stacy Lynn Waddell's work Goldenhot Butterfly Queen has been acquired for Bristol Museum & Art Gallery through the Valeria Napoleone XX Contemporary Art Society award, which supports the acquisition of significant works by a living female artist for a museum collection. This monumental gold leaf image brings together two figures in colonial history. Sarah Baartman (1789-1815), the so-called ‘Hottentot Venus’ and Thelma ‘Butterfly’ McQueen (1911-1995), the Hollywood actor, ‘Prissy’ from Gone with the Wind.

Catherine Morris is the Sackler Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum where, since 2009, she has curated and co-curated numerous exhibitions including Lorraine O’Grady: Both/And; We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965-1985; Judith Scott-Bound and Unbound; and Materializing Six Years: Lucy R. Lippard and the Emergence of Conceptual Art. She has worked on projects examining contemporary practices through historical precedents, including the museum wide Sackler Center ten-year anniversary project, The Year of Yes: Reimagining Feminism at the Brooklyn Museum. She has worked on exhibitions and curatorial projects with Beverly Buchanan, Eva Hesse, Suzanne Lacy, Marilyn Minter, Zanele Muholi, Nellie Mae Rowe, Lorna Simpson, Kiki Smith, and Cecilia Vicuna and produced historical exhibitions such as Twice Militant: Lorraine Hansberry’s Letters to The Ladder; Newspaper Fiction: The New York Journalism of Djuna Barnes, 1913-1919; and Healing the Wounds of War: The Brooklyn Sanity Fair of 1864. Morris was a curatorial organizer for the Brooklyn Museum presentations of Frida Kahlo: Appearances Can Be Deceiving; Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985; and Seductive Subversions: Women Pop Artists, 1958-1968. Upcoming projects include It’s Pablomatic: Picasso According to Hannah Gadsby and Elizabeth Catlett: A Revolutionary Artist and All That It Implies.

Previously an independent curator, Morris organized, among other projects, Decoys, Complexes and Triggers: Women and Land Art in the 1970s at Sculpture Center, Hans Hoffman, 1950 at the Rose Museum at Brandeis University; 9 Evenings Reconsidered: Art, Theatre and Engineering, 1966 for the List Visual Arts Center, MIT; two exhibitions, Gloria: Another Look at Feminist Art of the 1970s and Food at White Columns, New York and Confrontations: The Guerrilla Art Action Group, at Printed Matter, New York.

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