Amber Dennis is an independent curator, writer & co-founder of Feminista Social Club. She has an intersectional, feminist curatorial practice. In addition to her independent and Feminista work she also curates with Disclaimer Gallery. She’s based in New York City.
What she wants to do:
- Produce intersectional, feminist shows that lift up those voices that are generally ignored and dismissed.
- Collaborate with artists and community organizations to create shows and experiences that encourage everyone to participate in the contemporary art world.
- Provide an entry point for anyone who is interested in contemporary art.
- Attempt to make shows engaging for all while remaining impactful.
- Create a welcoming social, creative and activist space.
February 2018 – Present
A gallery run by low income queer women and non-binary people of different racial backgrounds to showcase other marginalized groups. Valuing representation, accessibility, and fighting dominant power structures within the art world.
Van Tran Nguyen, A Choir for MSG @ The WASH Project
curated as The Schoolyard
March 15, 2017
A one night only performative dinner piece by Van Tran Nguyen where ten participants (through assigned roles) were asked to play different familial archetypes while they shared a meal prepared by the artist. In collaboration with The WASH Project to benefit The International Institute of Buffalo.
Fresh: series 2 INTERSECTION @ Anna Kaplan Contemporary
January 5 – 28, 2017
The second in an ongoing series of exhibitions highlighting young Buffalo based artists at Anna Kaplan Contemporary (formerly BT&C Gallery). The show focused on self-reflective work, the meeting point between art and identity – where the artists themselves were defining the precise point that the two crossed paths in their creative process.
Van Tran Nguyen, Split Ends @ Main Street Gallery
curated as The Schoolyard
November 11 – 17, 2016
Solo show of work by Troy based multimedia artist, Van Tran Nguyen, that explored how objects such as hair or MSG are often imbued with negative racial identities.
Catalog entry for Lingfei Zhao’s Resistance. Zhao’s work was featured in Forging American: Art in the Workings of an Asian American Rust Belt, an exhibition curated by Natalie Fleming & Van Tran Nguyen. The exhibit ran September 8 – November 17, 2017 at Big Orbit Gallery: A CEPA Gallery Project Space in Buffalo, NY.
Exhibition review for Afterimage Online – Sondra Perry: flesh out at Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center. “Sondra Perry’s flesh out is a look at blackness through black history, the black present, and an imagined black future. It serves as an intimate sequel to her 2016 exhibition Resident Evil, featured at the interdisciplinary art space The Kitchen in New York City.”
2016 – Present
Catalog entry for Katharina Kakar’s To Remember is to Imagine: Ella Talking Art. Kakar’s work was featured in The Measure of All Things: Rethinking Humanism through Art, an exhibition curated by University of Buffalo Department of Art Visual Resource Curator Natalie Fleming & Department of Art MFA Student Van Tran Nguyen. The show ran from October 13 – December 10, 2016 at the UB Department of Art Gallery.
Organized From ‘Kindred’ to ‘Black Panther’: Afrofuturism & The Black Superhero, All For One Theater in collaboration with The Bushwick Starr.
Juried for Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Center’s Summer 2017 group exhibition – Shape of a Pocket – along with Ekrem Serdar (curator), John Massier (curator, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center) and Caitlin Margaret Coder (Squeaky Wheel Spring 2017 Curatorial Intern). Show ran June 30th – August 26th, 2017.
Technical Work Samples
Work Sample: Tar Baby Trailer