We are thrilled to announce the third annual Badass Art Woman Awards presented by Project for Empty Space on November 6th, 2019 from 7 - 10 pm! This year we are ecstatic to be honoring Carmen Hermo Associate Curator, Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art, Dr. Salamishah Tillet Henry Rutgers Professor of African American Studies and Creative Writing; Founding Director of the New Arts Social Justice Initiative at Express Newark; Associate Director of the Clement Price Institute on Ethnicity, Culture, and the Modern Experience, and internationally renowned visual artist and organizer Marilyn Minter.
Our honorees are three phenomenal women who exemplify an exceptional commitment to activism, community and furthering equity and visibility in creative spaces. These three women have an impact that far surpasses their own immediate reach; the work that they have done and continue to do sets a precedent for how artistic communities should be nurtured.
This year’s Badass Art Woman Awards program is inspired by Marilyn Minter’s Wangechi Gold 5 and will include a vibrant cocktail bar, and some very special performances and happenings. The evening is also be accompanied by a VIP pre-party and our annual visual art auction, which supports our residency programs at Project for Empty Space, guests will have the opportunity to take home original works of art donated by PES artists.
The Badass Art Woman Award (BAWA) emerged organically one day, several years ago, while chatting with several other cultural practitioners in our circle at an event. We noticed a general homogeneity in the types of people who are recognized in large institutional spaces. It was very apparent that many of the women cultural workers in our industry; particularly those who cross over multiple roles beyond artist (ie curators, gallerists, academics, writers, etc.), are often overlooked. Of course, there are occasions when women in the art world transcend into the mainstream realm; however, those instances are far too few. We wanted to create an award that brought in a true sense of celebration and joy- a ‘badass’ celebration! Thus, BAWA was born. A celebration of women who do phenomenal work within the Contemporary Art world.
About the Honorees
Carmen Hermo joined the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art’s curatorial team as Assistant Curator in June 2016 and was appointed Associate Curator in 2018. Carmen works to support the collection and serves on the Council for Feminist Art and Young Leadership Council patron groups.
Previously, Carmen was Assistant Curator for Collections at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum (2010–16), where she served on the museum’s Young Collectors Council acquisition committee devoted to the work of emerging artists and co-curated the contemporary collection exhibitions Now’s the Time: Recent Acquisitions (2012–13) and Storylines: Contemporary Art at the Guggenheim (2015). She has previously worked with the collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Museum of Modern Art. Carmen received her B.A. in Art History and English from the University of Richmond and her M.A. in Art History from Hunter College. Her interests include performance in the museum context, politically engaged artist projects, and the postwar artists of Latin America and Latinx artists in the United States. Carmen lives in Jersey City.
Salamishah Tillet received her Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization and A.M. in English from Harvard University and her M.A.T. from Brown University. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Pennsylvania where she received her B.A. in English and Afro-American Studies. In 2010-11, she was the recipient of the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Fellow for Career Enhancement and served as a visiting fellow at the Center of African American Studies at Princeton University. In 2010, she was awarded the Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Award for Distinguished Teaching by an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania. In 2013-14, she was a Scholar-in-Residence at Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture. Her book Sites of Slavery: Citizenship and Racial Democracy in the Post-Civil Rights Imagination (Duke University Press, 2012) examines how contemporary African American artists, writers, and intellectuals remember antebellum slavery within post-Civil Rights America in order to challenge the ongoing exclusion of African Americans from America’s civic myths and to model a racially democratic future. In 2010, she co-edited the Callaloo: A Journal of African Diaspora Arts and Letters Special Issue on Ethiopia and her work has appeared in American Literary History, American Quarterly, Callaloo, Novel, Research in African Literatures, Savoring the Salt: The Legacy of Toni Cade Bambara, Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue, and Women's Review of Books. She is currently working on a book on the civil rights icon Nina Simone. She is the co-founder of A Long Walk Home, Inc., a non-profit organization that uses art to end violence against girls and women. Her research interests include American Studies, twentieth and twenty-first century African American literature, film, popular music, cultural studies, and feminist theory.
Marilyn Minter has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions including the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in 2005, the Center for Contemporary Art, Cincinnati, OH in 2009, La Conservera, Centro de Arte Contemporáneo, Ceutí/Murcia, Spain in 2009, the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland, OH in 2010, and the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg, Germany in 2011. Her video Green Pink Caviar was exhibited in the lobby of the MoMA in 2010 for over a year and was also shown on digital billboards on Sunset Boulevard in L.A. and the Creative Time MTV billboard in Times Square, New York. Minter’s work has been included in numerous group exhibitions in museums all over the world. In 2006, Marilyn Minter was included in the Whitney Biennial, and in collaboration with Creative Time, she installed billboards all over Chelsea in New York City. In 2013, Minter was featured in “Riotous Baroque,” an exhibition that originated at the Kunsthaus Zürich and traveled to the Guggenheim Bilbao. In 2015, Minter’s retrospective Pretty/Dirty opened at the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX. Pretty/Dirty and then traveled to Museum of Contemporary Art Denver. The exhibition will continue on to the Orange Country Museum of Art and the Brooklyn Museum in 2016. Minter is represented by Salon 94, New York, Regen Projects, Los Angeles, and Baldwin Gallery, Aspen.