BAHM: 2.21.17 Juliana Huxtable
Juliana Huxtable is a New York based artist whose work includes self-portraiture, text based images, performance, music, and writing. Born in Bryan-College Station, Texas in 1987, Huxtable attended Bard College to study art, gender studies and human rights, and has become an activist for the intersex and transgender community. Her work explores the intersections of race, gender and queer identity through Afrofuturist narratives. She gained prominence in the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial: Surround Audience, which included self-portraits and text-based pieces from the series, Universal Crop Tops For All The Self Canonized Saints of Becoming, as well as a 3-D printed sculpture of the artist by Frank Benson, simply titled Juliana. Huxtable has been featured in group shows at MOMA PS1, the Whitney Museum, Freize Projects, London, and the New Museum, among others. She belongs to House of LaDosha, a queer artist collective in New York.
Huxtable’s most notable series of self-portraits imagines the artist as several personas of the Nuwaubian Nation, a religious organization inspired by Islam, Ancient Egypt and Extraterrestrial theories. The artist is pictured as an otherworldly being, in overtly feminized and sexualized poses, amidst digitalized landscapes, emphasizing the Otherness of the body while also “celebrating and interrogating normative attitudes towards gender and queer sexuality.” (Guggenheim Museum). Her text-based pieces such as Untitled (Casual Power) (2015), present narrative prose that compress cultural and historical time to create a complex portrait of black experience.
MOCA Conversation: Introducing: Lorraine O'Grady and Juliana Huxtable, Pt. 1
Vice Article: Artist Juliana Huxtable's Bold, Defiant Vision
MOMA Performance: Juliana Huxtable: There Are Certain Facts That Cannot Be Disputed, November 2015
SFAQ Article: BLUE LIP BLACK WITCH-CUNT: THE CULT OF JULIANA HUXTABLE