I am an Afro-Futurist space sculptor, performance artist, designer, writer, and educator bridging the disciplines of site-specific sculpture, ritual, public art practice, interior design, ecology, and science fiction. I work in an interdisciplinary fashion, creating interactive objects and spaces that titillate the senses and empower those who experience them to shape their own futures.
I believe that the intentional sculpting of space is a methodology for manifesting transformation for self, community, globe, and universe.
Denenge Design+Studio Verto was founded in 2007 to offer specialized design services and site-specific sculpture for residential and commercial clients, bringing a holistic, solutions-based, and fine arts approach to home and commercial spaces.
Critically-acclaimed and awarded performance-installations have been featured at venues including: The Arts Club of Chicago; Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center; Urban Institute for Contemporary Art, Grand Rapids, MI; Oklahoma State University Museum of Art; the LAB for performance+installation, NYC; Museum of Science and Industry; Dillard University Art Gallery.
As an Afro-Futurism scholar and practitioner, I speak nationally and internationally about pedagogical methodologies and space sculpting. I have appeared on television and radio and have been featured in a range of print interviews. In addition to foundational articles on Afro-Futurism, I publish commentary on science fiction and related inspirations at The Afro.Futurist blog and holistic design at In The Luscious Garden.
I am a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism, the Low-Residency MFA Program, Undergraduate Division, and Sculpture Department, teaching courses including: "Afro-Futurism: Pathways to Black Liberation", "Ritual Art Performance in the African Diaspora", "Survey of African Art", "Power to the People: Revolution and the Black Arts Movement" offered at SAIC in Fall 2015 to coincide with B.A.M. 50th anniversary, and developed the first Low-Res MFA graduating class art history course "Perception" at the invitation of Gregg Bordowitz. I was an Instructor at Columbia College Chicago for ten years in the Department of Humanities, History, and Social Sciences and in Art+Design where I created the first "Afro-Futurism: Pathways to Black Liberation" course in 2010 (and offered in four subsequent semesters), and presenting programming featuring Sam Greenlee during participation as a Critical Encounters Fellow for the 2011-12 Rights, Radicals, and Revolutions series. In 2014, I was selected as an NEH Fellow for the Institute on Black Aesthetics and Sacred Systems hosted at Emory University.
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