The Crown Futures


On-View July 2016 - January 8, 2017

A multimedia art work and public engagement project directed by artist Shani Peters, The Crown Futures celebrated concepts of self-determination through explorations of traditional head-dresses from African, indigenous American, and Western cultures. This site-specific installation was created for The Salon by Shani in collaboration with local youth, ages 5 to 13, in workshops at the Museum. In the artist's words: I am interested in community building, activism histories, reinterpreted models of record keeping and popular media subversion. My practice seeks to share the imaginative rewards I receive from my creative life with the communities that I am physically and/or emotionally close to.


Shani Peters (b. 1981 Lansing, MI) is a multi-disciplinary artist based in New York City. Her practice encompasses community building, activism histories, the subversion of popular media, and the creation of accessible imaginative experiences. Peters holds a B.A. from Michigan State University and an M.F.A. from the City College of New York. Her exhibitions and presentations in the United States and abroad include the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York City; the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI; Seoul Art Space Geumcheon in South Korea; and the National Gallery of Zimbabwe in Harare. Selected residencies include those hosted Lower Manhattan Cultural Council, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit, the Laundromat Project, and Project Row Houses, as well as a residency in Seoul, South Korea sponsored by apexart. Peters’ work has been featured in the Art Papers magazine and the New York Times.  Her work is recognized and supported by several awards and grants from institutions such as the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Rauschenberg Foundation, Rema Hort Mann Foundation, and the Joan Mitchell Foundation. Peters is an educator, focusing her teaching at the intersection of art and politics.