Keith Timmons Lecture Series 
Organized by Clifford Owens, Director of Critical Studies, New York Academy of Art

This lecture series is supported by Keith Timmons, a Baltimore-based art collector, to convene Black artists, scholars, curators, and critics at the New York Academy of Art during the 2023 – 2024 academic year.

David Antonio Cruz (b. 1974, Philadelphia) received his BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute and his MFA from Yale University. He also attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture and completed the AIM Program at the Bronx Museum, New York. Recent residencies and fellowships include the LMCC Workspace Residency, New York (2015); Gateway Project Spaces, Newark, NJ (2016); BRIC Workspace Residency, Brooklyn (2019); Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors Award (2018), and Mass Cultural Council’s Artist Fellowships (2022). Cruz’s work has been included in notable exhibitions at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Washington, D.C (2014/2021); El Museo del Barrio, New York (2006/2016); the Ford Foundation, New York (2019); the Brooklyn Museum (2019); ) McNay Art Museum, San Antonio (2019), and the Kemper Art Museum (2021/2022. Cruz is currently on view for A Place For Me: Figurative Painting Now, ICA Boston (2022), The Block Museum at Northwestern (2022),  The New England Triennial at Fruitland Museum (2022), and the Museum of the African Diaspora (2022). Recent press includes The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, WhiteHot Magazine, W Magazine, and El Centro Journal.

Cruz is a professor at Columbia University School of the Arts.

Monique Long is a writer and independent curator based in New York City with experience in curatorial and program development across the United States. Her collaborations include institutions such as the Portland Museum of Art in Maine, the Museum of the African Diaspora in San Francisco, and Guild Hall in East Hampton. Her exhibition, When the Children Come Home, is a solo presentation for David Antonio Cruz, currently on view at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. Long has contributed to arts publications widely, often writing about contemporary art, personal essays, and fashion history. She is also working on a book about Philadelphia and contemporary art.

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