Jordan Castell, alumnus of Al Sharq High School, named MacArthur Fellow

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Jordan Castell, “Sylvia’s (Taniedra, Kendra, Bedelia, Crizette, De’Sean), 2018.”

© Jordan Castell, Denver Museum of Art Collection

2021 MacArthur Fellows It was announced, and in the mix is ​​a Denver-raised illustrator, based in New York Jordan Castile, whose moving pictures of people every day of the artist won her first solo show at the museum just two years ago in Denver Museum of Art, dubbed Jordan Castile: The return of the gaze.

“Today I was named a MacArthur Fellow, and the honor has left me breathless – really stopped me in my tracks – flattened me confused – and made me cry,” Castiel wrote on Instagram. “As I try to embrace the reality of this moment and all the moments that brought me here, I can’t help but see all the people who saw my potential when I couldn’t see it for myself. Understand everything, I just want to say thank you to my nominees (whatever) and all of you here with me.” Work has made this time in my life possible.

Castiel first developed her artistic talents in Al Sharq High School. She received her BA from Agnes Scott College in Georgia, her MA from Yale School of Art, and also studied painting in Italy. Since her solo debut at DAM, she has had solo work at the New Museum and at the Iris & B. Gerald Cantor Center for the Visual Arts at Stanford University. Her work has also been shown at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

“The fact that I grew up in Denver played an unmistakable role in my development as an artist and how it was shaped as a person, through my interests and influences as a young girl,” Castiel said Westward In 2019. “I started my sensitivity as an observer here.”

And she had a lot to watch. Castiel, now 32, is the daughter of powerful attorney Charles Castiel and activist Lauren Young Castiel, and the granddaughter of educator Margaret Buckner and civil rights leader Whitney M Young Jr.

But the main inspiration behind her work comes from her daily interactions.

“I draw the people I walk with every day, I stop to talk to some, and some just to say hello,” she told us two years ago. “It’s a way of interacting with my community and sharing it with others… I’m in a constant conversation with my subjects. They’re all looking at me and looking back at me—that’s one of the main things I’ve always asked of people. It feels like a tangible force.”

The list of fellows who received what was casually called the “Genius Scholarship” includes music critic, essayist and poet Hanif Abdel Raqeb. writer and radio producer Daniel Alarcon; physician and economist Marcella Alsane; computer virologist Trevor Bedford; poet and lawyer Reginald Dwayne Bates; poet and translator Don Mi Choi; Biologist Ibrahim Cisse. art historian and curator Nicole Fleetwood; director Cristina Ibarra; historian and writer Abram X Kennedy; sculptor and painter Daniel Lind Ramos; public historian Monica Muñoz Martinez; human rights activist Desmond Mead; Adaptive Technology Designer Joshua Meili; neuroscientist and neuro-oncologist Michelle Mongey; Internet and digital media studies scholar Safia Noble; geomorphologist Taylor Byron; director and media artist Alex Rivera; landscape ecologist Lisa Schulte-Moore; applied microeconomist Jesse Shapiro; Film scholar, archivist and archivist, Jacqueline Stewart; historian and writer Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor; microbiologist Victor J. Torres; and choreographer and dance entrepreneur Jawole Willa Jo Zollar.

Each of these awards comes with an unlimited prize of $625,000.

“As we emerge from the shadows of the past two years, this class of 25 fellows helps us reimagine what is possible,” Cecilia Conrad, Managing Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, says in a statement announcing the honorees. the border. It occurs in all areas of employment, between the relatively young and the more experienced, in Iowa and Puerto Rico.

Conrad concludes, “Once again, we have an opportunity to rejoice because we recognize the potential to create things of beauty and awe, advance our understanding of society, and provoke change for the betterment of the human condition.”


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