MCLA BCRC Artist-in-Residence Genevieve Gaignard to Host Discussion with Special Guest Diedrick Brackens


NORTH ADAMS, MASS. —MCLA Artist-in-Residence Genevieve Gaignard will host a virtual discussion with artist Diedrick Brackens from 5-6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, July 29. This event is part of Gaignard’s weekly programming as MCLA’s inaugural artist-in-residence, and is free and open to the public with advance registration.

Gaignard and Brackens will discuss the multifaceted relationship they have as artists, friends, studio mates, and colleagues. They will discuss how they navigate the art world while supporting themselves and advancing their individual practices.

To register, email Gallery 51 Manager Veronica Preciado at 

About Diedrick Brackens

Brackens is best known for his woven tapestries that explore allegory and narrative through the artist’s autobiography, broader themes of African American and queer identity, as well as American history. Brackens employs techniques from West African weaving, quilting from the American South and European tapestry-making to create both abstract and figurative works. Often depicting moments of male tenderness, Brackens culls from African and African American literature, poetry and folklore as source. Beginning his process through the hand-dying of cotton, a material he deliberately uses in acknowledgement of its brutal history, Brackens’ oeuvre presents rich, nuanced visions of African American life and identity, while also alluding to the complicated histories of labor and migration.

About Genevieve Gaignard

Gaignard received her MFA in Photography at Yale University and her BFA in Photography at Massachusetts College of Art. She has exhibited throughout the United States, including shows at Studio Museum in Harlem, the California African American Museum in Los Angeles, and the Houston Center for Photography. In 2017, her work was included in the Prospect.4 Triennial in New Orleans. Gaignard's work has been reviewed in The New York Times, The New Yorker, W Magazine, The LA Times, Artforum, and on Vice News Tonight, among others. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Studio Museum in Harlem, California African American Museum, LA, Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Nasher Museum of Art, Durham, the FLAG Art Foundation, New York, the Seattle Museum of Art, and the San Jose Museum of Art.

About BCRC:

MCLA’s Berkshire Cultural Resource Center (BCRC) provides opportunities, resources, and support to the Northern Berkshire Community. BCRC brings together the Northern Berkshire , MCLA and greater Creative Communities through its cultural programming including: MCLA Gallery 51, Downstreet Art, B-Hip, and MCLA Presents! We will promote, facilitate, and encourage a dialogue in order to foster a sustainable creative community. BCRC is a collaborative project of MCLA, MASS MoCA, and the City of North Adams.