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Artist / Mom | Art Matters Director

Abbey Williams is an artist who mostly makes videos. She received her BFA from The Cooper Union, her MFA from Bard College, and was a participant at The Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture.Her work has been exhibited widely in the US and internationally, including TATE Britain, London; National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne; Reina Sofia Museum, Madrid; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; The Studio Museum in Harlem, and was a part of the 2005 Greater New York exhibition at MoMA PS1. Her work is up now at the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt as a part of “The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century”She has had solo exhibitions in New York at Bellwether Gallery, Foxy Production, and Sargent’s Daughters. Her work has been written about in Artforum, The New York Times, Flash Art, The New Yorker, Hyperallergic, and in the words of Legacy Russell  “Across Williams' works the artist negotiates the structural question of a historical archive as a conflicted site of simultaneous erasure and protective enclosure, alongside systems of visual culture as they intersect with Black womxnhood, complicating what is necessarily seen and what is necessarily left unseen.“

Before arriving at Art Matters she worked as Program Manager for Socrates Sculpture Park, Creative Director of The Rusty Fields Project at The Weeksville Heritage Center, and registrar of 80WSE Gallery. She has been a visiting artist at The Cooper Union, NYU, Harvard, MICA, Tyler School of Art and Architecture, and SOMA Mexico.

She is also a mom, a Libra, an amateur singer, and an oversharer. She lives and works in her hometown of New York City with her sculptor husband, goofball son, and they are all impatiently awaiting a rescue puppy arriving from Alabama on March 10th.