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Seph Rodney

Official Website of the Art Critic, Writer, & Museum Scholar

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Seph Rodney, PhD, is a former senior critic and opinion editor for Hyperallergic. He has written for the New York Times, CNN, MSNBC, and other publications. He is featured on the podcast The American Age

His book, The Personalization of the Museum Visit, was published by Routledge in 2019. In 2020 he won the Rabkin Arts Journalism Prize. In 2022 he won the Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant.

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"So Che gets reduced to a poster, the renegade figure of Malcolm X to a choreographed arrangement, the struggles against AIDS to a song, and concerted, protracted protests to a hand signal for peace. This is what pop culture does. It's about giving us the whiff, the suggestion of something that has a very high price tag that someone else paid for."

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March 2023

THE ALCHEMISTS

Seph has co-curated, with Donovan Johnson, an exhibition at Johnson Lowe Gallery (formerly Bill Lowe Gallery) in Buckhead in Atlanta. The aim of the show is to pose the question "How does an artist transform matter and transcend the ordinary?" More, The Alchemists offer artists who construct unique forms rooted in Black experience and ancestral legacy to demonstrate that this magic can indeed be done.

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Fall 2023

RAISINS IN THE
POTATO SALAD

Seph will curate an exhibition at CPM gallery in Baltimore featuring Black artists who in his mind aren't often invited to the prominent art scene cookouts (thematic group shows mounted at museums and the like), but whose work is extraordinary and brilliantly unique. They are the unexpected ingredients to a traditional dish that most purveyors of visual contemporary art may devour thinking that's what they should be consuming. 

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Fall 2024

GET IN THE GAME

Seph is currently co-curating, along with Jennifer Dunlop Fletcher and Katy Siegel, an exhibition to open at SF MoMA in fall of 2024. Get In the Game means to move the visitor through the thrill and turmoil of athletic competition, highlighting the moments of intense labor and astonishing physical grace that occur in  sports, game playing, and contemporary, visual art. The exhibition features  art and design made in dialogue with sports and also key moments in sports history.

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