Episode 7: Rodney Ewing with Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen

Notes from MoAD

Episode 7: Rodney Ewing with Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen

By Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen February 12, 2020

Notes from MoAD is dedicated to the Museum of the African Diaspora’s Emerging Artist Program, giving the exhibiting artists an opportunity to discuss their featured exhibition at MoAD and how their art practice is in dialogue with contemporary art as it considers themes of the African diaspora.


This is Notes from MoAD: Emerging Artists and Critic Series, dedicated to the Museum of African Diaspora’s 2018-20 Emerging Artist Program. In this episode, visual artist Rodney Ewing and curator/organizer Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen talk about institutions, what the word “emerging” means when you’ve been an artist for fifteen years, and the things we learn about our work when we listen openly. As discussion about fact and truth leads to a deep-dive, head first, into the murky waters of the art market’s influence over what cultures get to have a brief and specific moment in the sun, the erasure of 200,000 years of Black art, and the long path to institutional diversity, they come up for air to affirm the power of creating our own spaces and communal opportunities. 

Re-examining complex and marginalized social histories, Longitude + Latitude presented an installation of mixed media works on paper created during Ewing’s residency at the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts and the Djerassi Resident Artists Program. Exploring social and historical narratives of forced migration or displacement, the exhibition considered mnemonic geography and the intersections of body, place, and memory within the African diaspora. Longitude + Latitude was presented at the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco as part of the Emerging Artists Program from May 8 through June 23, 2019.

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Rodney Ewing’s drawings, installations, and mixed media works focus on his need to intersect body and place, memory and fact to re-examine human histories, cultural conditions, and events. With his work he is pursuing a narrative that requires us to be present and intimate. His work has been exhibited at Euphrat Museum of Art, Cupertino, CA; the Drawing Center, New York, NY; and in San Francisco, CA at Root Division, Jack Fischer Gallery, San Francisco Art Commission Gallery, Nancy Toomey Fine Art, Alter Space Gallery, and Ictus Projects. He has been an Artist-in-Residence at Recology and the de Young Museum of Fine Arts both in San Francisco, as well as Djerassi in Woodside, California. Ewing received his BFA in Printmaking from Louisiana State University and his MFA in Printmaking from West Virginia University.

Rhiannon Evans MacFadyen is a curator, consultant, and project-based artist going on several decades in the performing and visual arts. Born and based in San Francisco, Rhiannon is moved by "productive discomfort." Her curatorial practice focuses on projects that push formal and contextual boundaries and poke at imperialist formats, and her cross-discipline art practice engages symbols, identity, communication, and the unseen. Founder of A Simple Collective and Black & White Projects and Director of Emerging Arts Professionals SFBA, she is passionate about equity, experimentation, and independence in the arts. She is currently serving on the board of SOMArts Cultural Center as Interim Co-Chair and sits on curatorial and advisory committees for Root Division, Sites Unseen, and Pro Arts.

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