Toby’s Prize Artist Talk: Sondra Perry

April 28, 2019 / 3:00pm

FREE & Open to all

Sondra Perry is the inaugural winner of Toby's Prize, moCa’s biennial award that recognizes excellence in an emerging contemporary artist and provides her/him/them with an exhibition, catalogue, and $50,000. Perry is increasingly recognized for her interdisciplinary work that features video, computer-based media, sculpture, and at times, performance. Her moCa exhibition, A Terrible Thing, explores the often-invisible yet ever-present architecture, labor, and infrastructure within museums and the interplay between how people make spaces, and how spaces and materials shape people. Join Perry as she reflects on her research and process to create this and other recent projects during this special opening day exhibition talk.

Sondra Perry (B. 1986, Perth Amboy, NJ) earned her MFA from Columbia University (2015) and a BFA from Alfred University (2012). In 2017, she was awarded the Gwendolyn Knight and Jacob Lawrence Prize from the Seattle Art Museum, which culminated in the exhibition, Eclogue for[in]HABITABILITY. Perry’s solo exhibitions include, Typhoon coming on, Serpentine Sackler Gallery, London, UK (2018); Chromatic Saturation, Disjecta, Portland, OR (2018); Sondra Perry: flesh out, Squeaky Wheel, Buffalo, NY (2017); and Resident Evil, The Kitchen, New York (2016). Selected group exhibitions include, The Body Electric, Walker Art Center, Minneapolis, MN (2018); Family Pictures, Columbus Museum of Art, Columbus, OH (2018); Art in the Age of the Internet, 1989 to Today, Institute of Contemporary Art Boston, Boston, MA (2018); We Just Fit, You and I, Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts, Cambridge, MA (2017); Disguise: Masks and Global African Art, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn (2016); and Greater New York, MoMA PS1, Long Island City (2015). Spanning the last five years, Perry has screened her videos and presented talks at institutions including the Vera List Center at The New School, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and The Artists’s Institute, New York, among others.