Neuberger Museum of Art Presents Solo Exhibition by Prize Recipient Tomashi Jackson

The Neuberger Museum of Art’s signature Roy R. Neuberger Prize has been awarded to Tomashi Jackson, internationally acclaimed painter, printmaker, and video artist, Museum Director Tracy Fitzpatrick announced on February 10. Tomashi Jackson: SLOW JAMZ, an exhibition of the artist’s work, will be on view at the Neuberger Museum from April 13 through November 27, 2022. The show will be accompanied by an exhibition catalogue and a $25,000 cash award to the artist.


Named for the Museum’s founding patron, the biennial prize honors Mr. Neuberger’s lifelong commitment to support the work of living artists. Prize winners embody outstanding artistic achievement that inspires innovative thinking, fresh perspectives, and greater understanding and appreciation of the arts. An artist’s creative achievement to date and their promise of future artistic achievements are also factors in the selection process.


Tomashi Jackson’s multimedia work includes painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, and video with imagery sourced from archival research, which she uses to create hybrid visual collages. Her practice investigates the relationships between the aesthetic and the political while conceptually interweaving color theory with human rights concerns. She utilizes light, color, sound, and texture as vehicles to explore issues of injustice and bring the power of art and policy to bear on historical engagement and critical action.


“I’m really trying to understand the sites of human engagement that compel me to respond,” said Jackson. “I’m just trying to explore the world around me.”


Tomashi Jackson: SLOW JAMZ, will feature 20 video projections created by the artist over the last 10 years. It will be the first exhibition of the artist’s work to focus primarily on her video collages and will include four series of works: Plain Cite Plain Site Plain Sight addresses African American domestic labor; The Subliminal is Now looks at issues of school desegregation; Interstate Love Song focuses on the lack of public transportation; and Forever My Lady features music videos dealing with the question of democracy. Floor to ceiling projections and accompanying soundtracks will create a dynamic, immersive environment. The exhibition is curated by Helaine Posner, Chief Curator Emerita of the Neuberger Museum of Art.


An opening reception and award presentation ceremony will be held on Thursday evening, April 21.


“The Roy R. Neuberger Prize advances our mission to inspire innovation in the visual arts” said Dr. Fitzpatrick. “The Prize continues Mr. Neuberger’s legacy of support for living artists and provides wonderful opportunities for our audiences to interact with art and artists that promote social, civic, and creative engagement.”