American Artist (b. 1989) is an interdisciplinary artist whose work considers Black labor and visibility, as well as anti-blackness within networked life and digital systems. Their work includes video, installation, new media, and writing, and their legal name change to American Artist serves as an ambivalent foundation for their practice. It insists on blackness as descriptive of an American artist, and at the same time erases identity in virtual spaces where “American Artist” is an anonymous name, unable to be googled or validated by a computer as a person’s name. Artist is a 2018–19 recipient of the Queens Museum Jerome Foundation Fellowship. They are a former resident of Abrons Art Center and EYEBEAM and completed the Whitney Independent Study Program as an artist in 2017. They have exhibited at the Museum of African Diaspora, San Francisco; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and Koenig & Clinton, New York. They have published writing in The New Inquiry and New Criticals and have been featured in The New York Times, Artforum, ARTnews, and Huffington Post.
Sunrise/Sunset is a series of Internet art projects that mark
sunset and sunrise in New York City every day. All are commissioned by the Whitney specifically for whitney.org,
each project unfolding over a timeframe of ten to thirty seconds.
Using whitney.org as their habitat, Sunrise/Sunset projects disrupt, replace, or engage with the museum website as
an information environment. This form of engagement captures the core of artistic practice on the Internet, the
intervention in existing online spaces. The series is organized by Christiane Paul, adjunct curator of digital art
at the Whitney Museum.
To see the current project, be anywhere on this website during sunrise or sunset.