Present Futures is a nomadic collaborative of curators, educators, artists, and organizers that believe in addressing issues around structural oppression and injustice through contemporary art.

 
 
 
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core organizers:

Teal Baskerville is an artist, researcher and organizer from New York City based in London. Her practice focuses on imagining and enacting new ways of being and learning together that embrace multiplicity and creativity as a necessary tools of social change. Her recent work maps the history of black aesthetic through the framework of location, spatial, as well as temporal and social. She recently worked at Creative Time where she is coordinated the 2016 Creative Time Summit DC: Occupy The Future.

 

Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, otherwise known as The Earth Warrior, is an organizer, educator, herbalist, and visual artist. Born in New York City to AfroDominican parents, her work is rooted in harnessing and documenting the collective power of community. Before joining the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) as the Director of Public Programs, Suhaly served as the Engagement & Education Manager at the public art nonprofit, Creative Time. She is the founder of the Afrofuturism book club, Black Magic and has worked in various capacities with organizations such as The Laundromat Project, Artspace, FOKUS, The Walls-Ortiz Gallery and The Brooklyn Children's Museum. As of 2016, Suhaly is a Weeksville Ambassador and serves on the Advisory Boards to Black Girl Project and More Art. She earned her B.A. and MPA from NYU, where she was named one of “NYU’s 15 Most Influential Students.”

She is now living and loving in Brooklyn with her wife and their daughter, Luna and developing her herbal, plant medicine brand, Moon Mother Apothecary.

Kathy Cho is an artist and curator whose practice focuses on affect theory and labor; feminisms; and archiving lived experience and alternative histories. Her work manifests in loose narratives created with objects, images, writings and events. She previously curated exhibitions with High Tide Gallery in Philadelphia, and currently co-curates with Present Futures. She received a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and is currently pursuing an MFA in Curating at Goldsmiths, University of London.

 

Henry Murphy is a Jackson, Mississippi native, technologist, musician, and creative thinker interested in issues of access and equity at the intersection of art and technology. He was a Public Programs Fellow as a part of MoMA and the Studio Museum in Harlem’s collaborative fellowship program. Henry is the Art Production Assistantat High Line Art in New York.

 

Lynnette Miranda is a curator and writer passionate about centering artists and practitioners of color, not only through representation, but through building support systems and redistribution of resources. Her ongoing research focuses on the social and political role of contemporary art, critically examining social practice, contemporary craft, performance, and new media work.

Lynnette has worked at leading arts institutions including Creative Time, ART21, and the Art Institute of Chicago, and recently served as the 2016-2017 Curator in Residence at Charlotte Street Foundation.  In 2015, she coordinated three art conferences, including The Creative Time Summit: The Curriculum at the Venice Biennale and at Brooklyn’s Boys and Girls High School. She currently works as the Program Manager at United States Artists.  She holds an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University and a BFA in Studio Art with an emphasis in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

 


 

collaborators:

Anthony D. Stepter works at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) where he is the graduate program coordinator for Museum and Exhibition Studies. He graduated from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago with an MA in Visual and Critical Studies. His work at UIC includes advising graduate students, organizing lectures, partnering with community organizations, and coordinating imaginative projects. He has presented at conferences and universities nationally and internationally. As an independent curator and organizer Anthony has curated exhibitions and projects for ACRE, the Washington Park Arts Incubator at the University of Chicago, and Chicago’s 2nd Floor Rear festival. He served as a juror for apexart, collaborated with the Office of Public Culture in Grand Rapids, MI, and co-curated Extinct Entities, a month-long performance series of commissioned art works exploring the history of Chicago-based art spaces that no longer exist.

 

Megan Williams, New York

#MuseumWorkersSpeak, New York