Recent exhibitions of Beasley’s work include his 2012 performance of “I Want My Spot Back,” in conjunction with the exhibition “Some Sweet Day” at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA). During this two-day performance, Beasley took on “the role of DJ, mixing sloweddown a cappella tracks by deceased rappers from the 1990s with additional textures, rhythms and feedback.”
Other recent shows include “Latency,” a survey of sculptures at Detroit gallery The Butcher’s Daughter; a performance in Danspace’s “An All Day Event. The End,” at St. Marks Church in-the-Bowery in New York City; and a performance and sculpture in “Realization is Better than Anticipation” at The Contemporary Art Museum of Cleveland. Beasley’s work appears in the Queens International 2013 at the Queens Museum in New York until January 19, 2014.
Earlier this year, the Huffington Post named Beasley as one of “30 Black Contemporary Art Makers under 40 You Should Know.”
After graduating from the College for Creative Studies, Kevin Beasley co-founded CAVE, an artist-run gallery in Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center. After his work with CAVE, Beasley went on to get his MFA from the Yale School of Art where he worked in multiple disciplines, including sculpture and performance. His sculptural installations are typically composed of found material, such as glass, roots, metal and fabric.
Beasley is a 2013-14 artist-in-residence at The Studio Museum in Harlem. The Whitney Biennial took place March 7 through May 8 at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City.