Pamela Council

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Born in 1986 in the Hamptons, NY. Lives in New York City.

Pamela Council is a New York based interdisciplinary artist creating fountains for Black joy. Guided by material, cultural, and metaphysical quests, Council’s practice embodies a darkly humorous and inventive Afro-Americana camp aesthetic, BLAXIDERMY. Through this lens, Council uses sculpture, architecture, writing, and performance to make dedications and monuments that provide relief for grief and shed light on under-valued narratives.

Council has created commissions, exhibitions, performances or presentations for: New Museum for Contemporary Art, United States Library of Congress, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, Studio Museum in Harlem, and MoCADA. Council has been Artist-in-Residence at MacDowell, Red Bull Arts, Bemis, Rush Arts, MANA, Signal Culture, Mass MoCA, and Wassaic Project. A recipient of the 2017 Joan Mitchell Grant, Council holds a BA from Williams College and an MFA from Columbia University and is currently artist in residence at ISCP.

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Bury Me Loose
09.10.2021 - 10.23.2021
Fringe
07.08.2021 - 08.20.2021
Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One)
08.11.2016 - 08.25.2016
July 16, 2021 Press

Fringe featured in DART: “Pattern & Decoration: Now from Then”

“Many artists in Denny Dimin Gallery’s program have been significantly influenced by the movement…I also wanted to explore how some artists have complicated the gender identities of craft and how artists of diverse backgrounds have brought other important histories into their work, enriching the dialogue around the ideas of P & D.”

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December 02, 2020 Press

“I Call It Blaxidermy”: Pamela Council on Their Art and Aesthetic’ in Hyperallergic

“As a Black woman artist, I get asked about the political meaning of my work, but I don’t often get asked why it looks the way it does.”


July 30, 2019 Press

Pamela Council in Artnet’s Review of Detroit Art Week

The space is filled with objects that hold emotional weight and have their own relations to a particular place and time for the artist. Council has created an environment to house these transitional objects (i.e. objects that provide psychological comfort), in turn building a “transitional” space for herself and for her viewers to experience.

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December 09, 2015 Press

Pamela Council included in Artnet’s ’20 Emerging Female Artists to Keep on Your Radar’

This year was a strong one for women in the arts.

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