July 14 – August 19, 2016

Due to the process-based nature of the Session program, Black Art Incubator will undergo constant modifications; the features of this page provide accruing information on the project’s developments.


Opening Dialogue with Lauren Halsey and Antwaun Sargent: July 16, 12pm

Art + Money: July 20, 21, August 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 18

Office Hours (registration required): July 23, August 8, 11, 19

Archive: July 26, 27, 28, August 4

Open Crits (registration required): July 27, 30, August 3, 10, 17

Book Swap and Reception: July 28, 6-8pm

Self-Care Sunday: Meditation and Yoga Session: July 31, 10am

About Black Art Incubator

On July 14, Taylor Renee Aldridge, Jessica Bell Brown, Kimberly Drew, and Jessica Lynne will launch Black Art Incubator—a project that will use Recess’s storefront space as a hub for public programming and the dissemination of resources for artists and arts professionals.

The Black Art Incubator is a social sculpture designed to create an intervention in the “art world” through a series of public events that bring together artists, curators, community members, critics, and scholars. Using collaboration and public engagement as guiding methodologies, the Black Art Incubator will seek to provoke new understandings of the myriad sectors that comprise the contemporary art world. The Black Art Incubator, although open and accessible to people from all backgrounds, is rooted in the nexus of the African Diaspora. The Black Art Incubator specifically aims to prioritize Black subjectivity through the use of social sculpture. The space serves as an evolving think tank, that is available for use by people of the community.

Modeling itself after an incubator, the project will offer a range of artist-led conversations, critical dialogues, panels, and teach-ins devoted to fostering discourse about community, history, and collaborative cultural production. Visitors will be invited to participate in and contribute to weekly programs including workshops on archives, conversations about art & money, office hours with leaders in the field, and open critique sessions for selected artists; more details are available in the “Events” column to the left. Notes, images, and other traces of these programs will accrue in the space, transforming Recess into a spatialized working document.

By developing a vibrant and accessible site and an accompanying set of programs, the Black Art Incubator will give specific form to an art world community—one that is united by a collective, process-based practice of self-care, knowledge-sharing, and discursive exchange.

An open letter from the Black Art Incubator organizers.

About the organizers

Open to the public Tuesday – Saturday, 12-6pm; Thursday, 2-8pm

Related Project

Black Art Incubator is part of our online residency, Analog.

Recess Analog invites artists to render private activities accessible to public, online audiences by using the website as a sustained space of production and presentation.






This program is supported, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. This project is also supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works, the VIA Art Fund, and the Lily Auchincloss Foundation, Inc.