Nsenga Knight (MFA '10) mentioned in review of MoCADA exhibition in the New York Times

Nsenga Knight (MFA '10) was mentioned in a review of the exhibition that is currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, Perspectives: Art, Women and Islam. The review was written by the great Holland Cotter in the Art In Review Section of the New York Times. Go Nsenga!! The exhibition will be on view until Sept. 13th, 2009. Here is an excerpt of the review:

"The Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts, more easily called Mocada, is a New York story, by now often told. The museum started in a walk-up office space in a church house in Bedford-Stuyvesant. It now has its own space, small but sharp. An adjacent empty lot is begging for future expansion.

None of this would mean much if the exhibitions weren’t good, but for the most part they are. The current one, “Perspectives: Art, Women and Islam,” is a collaboration with the Museum for African Art, which is completing its own new permanent home in Manhattan. There are five artists, all women, all in their 20s or early 30s, whose relationship to Islam is as varied and diffuse as the term itself....

[W]illing devotion is the subject of videos by the New York artist Nsenga Knight, who for several years has been interviewing Muslim women in Brooklyn. At least two of the three subjects included in the Mocada show converted to the Nation of Islam from Christianity in the civil rights era. One of them speaks plainly but eloquently of that moment of change in her life and weeps when recalling it. Obviously her perspective on Islam is quite different from that of the younger Ms. Bouabdellah, but you wonder whether in the end the impact on both is not equally strong." HOLLAND COTTER

Read the full post here: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/08/21/arts/design

For more info on the exhibition see: http://mocada.org/

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