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Half & Half

Maximiliano Cervantes, Tarik Dobbs, Morisha Moodley, Jonathan Rosemond — 2024 Master of Fine Arts degree candidates — present their thesis projects and conclude their residencies in the Department of Art, Theory, and Practice at Northwestern University. 

The exhibition, hosted in the Alsdorf Gallery of the Block Museum, can be viewed during regular museum hours, May 3 - June 16. 

Please join us in celebration of the these artists for the opening reception Thursday, May 2, 5-8 PM. RSVP.

This exhibition and the associated events are co-organized by the Department of Art Theory and Practice and the Block Museum at Northwestern University. Support provided by the Norton S. Walbridge Fund; the Myers Foundations; the Jerrold Loebl Fund for the Arts; and the Alsdorf Endowment.

Maximiliano Cervantes Harlingen, Texas 1999 Living and Working In My Long Distance Intimate Autoethnographic Studio Chicago, IL 2024 The School of The Art Institute of Chicago BFA 2021 Northwestern University Art, Theory, And Practice MFA 2024

Tarik Dobbs (b. 1997, Dearborn, Michigan) is a writer, artist, and recipient of the Poetry Foundation's Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellowship. Their poetry is featured in the Best New Poets and Best of the Net anthologies and has appeared in AGNI, The Poetry Review, Poetry Magazine, and other publications. Dobbs is the director of and has served as a guest editor for Mizna and Zoeglossia: A Community for Poets with Disabilities. They earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Minnesota and are currently pursuing another MFA in Art, Theory, and Practice at Northwestern University. Their debut poetry collections, Nazar Boy and Dearbornistan, are set to be published by Haymarket Books in June 2024 and 2026, respectively.

Morisha Moodley (b. 1998, Durban, ZA) is a London and Chicago-based moving image artist who works across video, installation, and text, examining the entanglement of race, queerness, disability, and theology through these forms. Their practice is rooted in research of the moving image. To this, they interject queer and crip methodologies that challenge traditional film structures. Their work has been screened and exhibited internationally, including at London Short Film Festival, Kasseler Dokfest, Alchemy Film and Moving Image Festival, Global Citizen, and Camden Art Centre. Morisha is a recipient of a Develop Your Creative Practice grant from Arts Council England, AfA’s micro-grant, and was awarded the Northwestern University Fellowship to attend the 2023 Flaherty Film Seminar. They graduated from Central Saint Martins with a First in BA (Hons) Fine Art.

Jonathon Rosemond (b. 1995, Irving, Texas) is an artist working in sculpture, sound and installation. Rosemond’s practice is a collision of disparate material, a mixtape, a medley, a portmanteau, that generates worlds and makes myths. He received his BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and has exhibited work in many art spaces throughout the Twin Cities, including Midway Contemporary Art, and Public Functionary.

Jonathon Rosemond, “untitled,” 2020, photocopy, (Image source: Maxwell Tomlinson)