Ara Tucker is an artist and storyteller whose practice focuses on the intersection of race, class, gender, sexual orientation as well as intergenerational memory and trauma with a particular interest in how these intersections warp daily life.
In addition to using third party platforms such as Instagram and LinkedIn for site-specific artistic and culture-shifting multimedia interventions, she has designed I’m Here Too, a website dedicated to storytelling in multiple forms (visual, audio, literary). Tucker often employs her wry sense of humor to transcend traditional observations of how the New York City artworld operates through projects including a blog as the Art Dealer’s Daughter; a novel How to Raise an Art Star; and Spilling the Tea, a Kwanzaa-themed takeover of her wife Hilary Harkness’s Instagram account. Ara also produced Black Like Us, a documentary video exploring the lives of an intergenerational group of affluent African Americans.
A three-time alumna of the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference in Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction, Tucker received a degree in Art History and Visual Arts from Princeton University. Tucker, who also received a JD from the New York University School of Law, currently serves as a member of the MoMA PS1 Board of Directors Executive Committee and as Chair of the Audit Committee.
Hilary Harkness (b. 1971) fuses Old Master painting tactics with a distinctly contemporary sensibility to explore power dynamics, war, and gender through an intersectional lens. Her work explores interpersonal dynamics through a lens that allows power struggles inherent in sex, race, and class systems to play out on an uncensored stage. Harkness earned her BA from UC Berkeley and her MFA from Yale University. Her work has been featured in exhibitions at The FLAG Art Foundation, New York, NY; Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid, Spain; American Academy of Arts and Letters, New York, NY; Portland Institute of Contemporary Art, Portland, OR; and The Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art, Ridgefield, CT; among others. Her work is in the permanent collection of the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, NY; Yuz Museum Shanghai; Mead Art Museum, Amherst, MA; and the Seavest Collection, New York, NY; among others. In 2017, she received the Henry Clews Award and participated in the inaugural Master Residency Program at the Château de La Napoule in France. She has lectured widely at leading academic and cultural institutions. In 2014, she co-curated Roy Lichtenstein: Nudes and Interiors at The FLAG Art Foundation. Harkness is represented by PPOW Gallery in NYC. A solo exhibition at PPOW Gallery will open in fall 2023.