• Tomashi Jackson in her Studio. Image courtesy of The New York Times. Photo: Christopher Gregory

Platform: Tomashi Jackson

July 12–October 25, 2020


Platform 2020 features artist Tomashi Jackson (American, born 1980), who works across painting, video, textiles, and sculpture to examine the relationship between the aesthetic and the political. For Platform, the artist will present a multidisciplinary exhibition based on research and community engagement that may include collage, painting, video, and installation. An illustrated publication will document Jackson’s process and exhibition through interviews, essays, drawings, and images.

Platform is the Parrish Art Museum’s open-ended invitation to a single artist to consider the entire Museum as a potential site for works that transcend disciplinary boundaries, encouraging new ways to experience art, architecture, landscape, and community.

Jackson’s work is informed by her continued investigation into transparency, the transmittal of light and color, perception, and the effects of these on the value of human life in public space. She is particularly interested in the movements and migrations of groups of people, the curtailment of these for populations of color, and how boundary lines are drawn, maintained, and in some ways subverted. She carefully studies these complex histories of color while exploring how abstraction can document the sociopolitical zeitgeist.

For Platform 2020, Jackson intends to juxtapose the artistic legacy of Long Island’s East End with current socio-economic tensions and historical racial segregation, similar to her project for the 2019 Whitney Biennial, in which she draws a parallel between people of color losing their homes in the 19th century and a current, controversial housing policy in Brooklyn.

She will have the opportunity to deepen her research of the area, meet with local community leaders, and create new work for the exhibition during a residency as Inga Maren Otto Fellow at The Watermill Center from May 13-June 12, 2020, as part of a continuing partnership with the Parrish.

Platform 2020: Tomashi Jackson is organized by Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects.