New York-based artist Kevin Beasley (b. 1985) transforms personal and familial artifacts into sculpture and sound performances, influenced by house music, hip hop sampling, and the post-industrial decay of once prosperous urban centers, such as Detroit, where Beasley lived for a number of years. Beasley is a recent alum of the Studio Museum in Harlem’s residency, and participated in the 2014 Whitney Biennial. He has performed and exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; the Queens Museum, New York; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Cleveland; and the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston, among others.
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