Artist Samuel Levi Jones


CANOPY is pleased to welcome Artist Samuel Levi Jones in conversation with Rhea Fontaine, Partner & Gallery Director at Paulson Fontaine Press & Leigh Raiford, Author & Associate Professor of African American Studies at UC Berkeley.

Wine and light bites will be served. Recent work by the artist will be on display in the space.

Samuel Levi Jones currently has an exhibition on view at Paulson Fontaine Press in Berkeley. His work is concurrently featured in a group show, titled Sidelined, which he curated at Galerie Lelong in New York.

About the artist and speakers

Samuel Levi Jones was born and raised in Marion, Indiana. He received his MFA in Studio Art from Mills College. His work explores the relationship between documents and systems of knowledge and power. Jones deconstructs discarded encyclopedias and other historical materials to build collages that question the selectivity of “authoritative” texts and documentary practices. His large, grid-like compositions examine exclusion and identity and critique larger issues of social and racial inequality at the forefront of current debates in the United States. In 2014 Jones received the Joyce Alexander Wein Artist Prize, an annual award whose past recipients include prominent artists such as Leslie Hewitt, Glenn Ligon, and Lorna Simpson. His work is included in collections such as the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; Rubell Family Collection, Florida; Los Angeles County Museum of Art; Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; and the Pérez Art Museum, Florida. Jones is represented by Galerie Lelong in New York and Patron Gallery in Chicago.

Rhea Fontaine is Partner and Gallery Director at Paulson Fontaine Press in Berkeley. She is one of the first African-American women to publish fine art prints by contemporary artists. Dedicated to contributing to the image archive of artists of the African Diaspora, she is a former curatorial board member at Southern Exposure. She received a BA in Fine Art from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998 and a post-baccalaureate diploma in museum studies from Studio Art Centers International in Florence, Italy. Fontaine is also a Board Member of NIAD Art Center in Richmond, CA.

Leigh Raiford is the author of Imprisoned in a Luminous Glare: Photography and the African American Freedom Struggle (University of North Carolina Press, 2011) and is co-editor with Renee Romano of The Civil Rights Movement in American Memory (University of Georgia Press, 2006). Her work has appeared in numerous academic journals, including American Quarterly, History and Theory, English Language Notes and NKA: Journal of Contemporary African Art; museum exhibition catalogues including Edward Kienholz, Five Card Stud 1969-1972, Revisited, (Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 2011) and the edited collection Only Skin Deep: Changing Visions of the American Self, (Harry N. Abrams Press, 2003), a history of race and photography in the United States.