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Virtual Book Launch: Black Cube’s First 5 Years

Black Cube is releasing its first book, A Nomadic Art Museum: Black Cube 2015 – 2020, that celebrates the organization’s formative years. In conjunction with the virtual book launch, Black Cube is hosting a panel discussion and artist workshop featuring the publication's contributors. Operating nomadically as a traveling contemporary art museum, the book highlights Black Cube’s five-year journey across the United States and Europe producing groundbreaking, site-specific artworks. The publication serves as a visual compendium of more than 80 artists, 35 situational projects, and explores art in unexpected settings outside of conventional gallery spaces.


Join us for a panel discussion that delves into Black Cube’s newly published book and programmatic history, as well as the significance of site-specific contemporary art in today’s world. The panelists include Black Cube’s Executive Director + Chief Curator Cortney Lane Stell, Black Cube’s 2017 Artist Fellow Adriana Corral, and Black Cube’s 2016 Artist Fellow Jennifer Ling Datchuk, with moderation by writer Angella d’Avignon.


Cortney Lane Stell is the Executive Director + Chief Curator of Black Cube. She joined the organization in 2015 preceding its founding. Previously, she was the Gallery Director at the Rocky Mountain College of Art + Design from 2006 to 2014. Since 2006, she has held an independent curatorial practice focused on contemporary art’s conceptual and material nature. She has curated exhibitions nationally and internationally for museums, university galleries, and biennials with established artists such as Liam Gillick, Cyprien Gaillard, Daniel Arsham, and Shirley Tse. She holds an MA from the European Graduate School in Switzerland where she is also a PhD candidate.

Adriana Corral was a 2017 Black Cube Artist Fellow. She lives and works in Houston, Texas. Her work embodies universal themes of loss, human rights violations, memory, and erased historical narratives. She holds an MFA from the University of Texas at Austin and completed her BFA at the University of Texas at El Paso. In 2015, she was invited to attend the 106th session of the Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary disappearances at the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland and in 2016, she was selected for the Joan Mitchell Foundation Emerging Artist Grant. Her residencies include the McDowell Residency (2014), Künstlerhaus Bethanien Residency in Berlin, Germany (2016), and the International Artist-in-Residence at Artpace (2016). In 2018, Corral was an artist research fellow at Archives of American Art and History at the Smithsonian Institution and an Artist-in-Residence at the Joan Mitchell Center.

Jennifer Ling Datchuk was a 2016 Black Cube Artist Fellow. She lives and works in San Antonio, Texas. As the child of a Chinese immigrant and grandchild of Russian and Irish immigrants, the family histories of conflict she has inherited are a perpetual source for her work. Datchuk holds an MFA in Artisanry from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and a BFA in Crafts from Kent State University. She has received grants from the Artist Foundation of San Antonio and Artpace to research the birthplace of porcelain in Jingdezhen, China. In 2016, she was awarded a residency through the Blue Star Contemporary Art Museum at the Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin, Germany, and more recently, she completed a residency at the European Ceramic Work Center in the Netherlands and was awarded the Emerging Voices Award from the American Craft Council. Datchuk is an Assistant Professor of Ceramics at Texas State University.   

Angella d’Avignon is a writer based in New York by way of California. She is a member of the Newswomen's Club of New York, the National Writers Union, and the International Association of Art Critics. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (Carla), GARAGE Magazine, the Washington Post, Hyperallergic, Public Art Review magazine, and LA Weekly.