Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – movement

Benji Hart

Discipline: Interdisciplinary Art – movement
Region: Chicago, IL
MacDowell Fellowships: 2020

Benji Hart is an author, artist, and educator from Amherst, Massachusetts. The writer behind the blog “Radical Faggot,” their commentary has been published at Teen Vogue, In These Times, The Chicago Reader, The Advocate, Autostraddle, Out of Print, and others. They have led workshops on subjects ranging from prison abolition to trans liberation for organizations internationally, and been a guest lecturer in classrooms at the University of Chicago, Northwestern University, Phillips Academy Andover, and others. Their solo performance Dancer As Insurgent, which explores voguing as a practice of Black queer resistance, has been featured at CA2M (Madrid), Museo Universitario del Chopo (Mexico City), and the Amsterdam University of the Arts (Amsterdam).

Their current project, World After This One, examining the myriad ways Black art forms rely on the materials of the present to construct liberated futures, premiered at BRIC (New York), and is still in progress. During their residency in 2020, they continued staging and choreographing World After This One. They have also held residencies with the Rauschenberg Foundation and the Arcus Center for Social Justice Leadership, and are the recipient of the 3Arts Award in the teaching arts.



Benji Hart worked in the Nef studio.

Nef Studio, the first entirely new studio built after 1937, was donated by esteemed photographer, explorer, author, and MacDowell Fellow Evelyn Steffanson Nef in 1992. Endowed funds for the studio’s maintenance in perpetuity and an annual Fellowship for photographers were given in addition to funds for construction. Mrs. Nef said she had known about MacDowell all her…

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