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Kamau Amu Patton

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Kamau Amu Patton (born in 1972) is a multidisciplinary American artist and educator. He makes works independently and as part of the performance collective founded by Terry Adkins, Lone Wolf Recital Corps. Patton is also an Assistant Professor in the Visual & Critical Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and on the Bard MFA faculty.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Patton was born in 1972.[2] He graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a sociology degree and received his MFA from Stanford University in 2007.[1][3]


In 2008, his work Design and the Elastic Mind was exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).[4] In 2010, Patton won the SECA Art Award from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.[5][6] In 2010-2011, he was an artist-in-residence at the Studio Museum in Harlem.[7][8]

In 2011, Patton created a reinterpretation of the "T" logo for The New York Times as part of an initiative by The New York Times Style Magazine.[9][10] His work was shown as part of the Pacific Standard Time Performance and Public Art Festival in 2012, and he has presented new sound work as part of the exhibition/sound series, "Art Forms of Dimensions Tomorrow," at Skidmore College's Tang Teaching Museum.[1] In 2015, he exhibited a series of untitled works at the Callicoon Fine Arts Gallery in New York.[11]

Patton took part in a series of multidisciplinary performances as part of the performance collective founded by Terry Adkins, Lone Wolf Recital Corps, first with Blanche Bruce in 2013[12] then with Charles Gaines and Clifford Owens at MoMA in 2017.[1][13] In 2017, he staged his work Amun (The Unseen Legends) at MoMA, with him improvising sound to his 2010 abstract film Theory of Colors.[12]

In 2019, Patton was selected for the Storm King residency program at the Storm King Art Center,[14] and he was a 2020 ESS Archive Artist in Residence at the Experimental Sound Studio.[15] In 2020, he was awarded a $100,000 grant from Creative Capital for his project Tel.[3][16]


  1. ^ a b c d "People: Kamau Patton Photography". Retrieved 2022-10-31.
  2. ^ "studiosound Kamau Amu Patton". studiomuseum.org. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 2022-10-31.
  3. ^ a b Delange, Ahlaam (January 15, 2020). "Chicago artist Kamau Patton awarded $100,000 for a new project". Chicago Sun-Times. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Design and the Elastic Mind". Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  5. ^ Brian, Megan (March 13, 2012). "5 Questions: SECA 2010 Award Winner Kamau Amu Patton". Open Space. San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Kamau Amu Patton and the machine that's always learning". San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. Retrieved 22 November 2022. 2010 SECA Art Award winner Kamau Amu Patton describes the process he used to create his Static Field 3 (2011) series and how he works with machines and technology to generate images.
  7. ^ "Delay STUDIOSOUND". The Studio Museum in Harlem. 11 September 2017. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  8. ^ "Evidence of Accumulation: Simone Leigh, Kamau Amu Patton, Paul Mpagi Sepuya". The New Yorker. Retrieved 24 November 2022.
  9. ^ "To a T: Kamau Amu Patton for the Times". Studio Museum Harlem. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  10. ^ Patton, Kamau (August 29, 2011). "Original Model T". The New York Times. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  11. ^ Wilson, Micheal (May 2015). "Michael Wilson on Kamau Amu Patton". Artforum. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  12. ^ a b "An Evening with Kamau Amu Patton Mon, Sep 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m." moma.org. Retrieved 2022-10-31.
  13. ^ "The Legacy of Terry Adkins and the Lone Wolf Recital Corps Wed, Sep 27, 2017, 6:00–7:30 p.m." moma.org. Retrieved 2022-10-31.
  14. ^ Armstrong, Annie (May 23, 2019). "These Are the Artists Participating in the Shandaken: Storm King Residency Program". ARTnews. Retrieved 22 November 2022.
  15. ^ "CAA Artist Residency & Release: Kamau Amu Patton - The Past & Other Dreams". Experimental Sound Studio. January 21, 2020. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  16. ^ Martin, Christopher Reid (July 21, 2020). "An Interview with Kamau Patton". Cycling '74. Retrieved 22 November 2022.

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