Kenseth Armstead is a multimedia installation artist. His works have been exhibited at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem; the Berlin VideoFest; and the MIT List Visual Arts Center. His videos, drawings and sculptures are included in the collections of the Centre Pompidou, African American Museum in Dallas, Texas, the Brooklyn Museum and numerous public and private collections.
The list of grants won in support of Armstead’s work includes the Camille Hanks-Cosby Fellowship (1989,) the NYFA Video Fellowship (1996,) the Pollock-Krasner Foundation Grant (1999,) the NYSCA Individual Artist Award in Film/Video and New Technical Production (2007,) the Film/Media Grant from the Creative Capital Foundation (2008) and the Digital Matrix Commission from the Longwood Arts Project and Bronx Council on the Arts.
Armstead received a B.F.A. from the Corcoran College of Art & Design in 1990. While still an undergraduate, he participated in the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He then attended the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program (1990-1991.) This led to co-authored multimedia installations with the art-band, X-PRZ (1991-2000.) He also helped launch Rhizome Internet as the founding Managing Editor.
During his Swing Space residency at Governors Island, Armstead will work on Spook™, which shares and celebrates the remarkable true story of James Armistead Lafayette, a slave, turned spy, who provided the intelligence that ended the American Revolution. It focuses on the year of 1781, when James was successfully working as a double agent for America’s first Director of Central Intelligence, George Washington.
Image credit: courtesy of the artist