Born 1973, Ayanah Moor is from Norfolk, VA. She earned an MFA in Printmaking from Tyler School of Art and BFA in Painting & Printmaking from Virginia Commonwealth University.  Currently, Moor is Associate Professor of Art at Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA.

Subliminal Projects, Echo Park, CA; 707 Penn Gallery, Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Forja ArteContemporaneo, Valencia, Spain; Ice Box Project Space, Philadelphia, PA, USA; Wexner Center for the Arts, The Box, Columbus, OH, USA; Van Brunt Gallery, Beacon, NY, USA; Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts, Grand Rapids, MI, USA; Anchor Graphics, Chicago, IL, USA.

‘ace, Buenos Aires, Argentina; Auckland Print Studio, New Zealand; Vermont Studio Center, Johnson, VT, USA; Women’s Studio Workshop, Rosendale, NY, USA; Blue Mountain Center, Blue Mountain Lake, NY, USA; Atlantic Center for the Arts, New Symrna Beach, FL, USA.

Ayanah Moor



25.07.2011 to 12.08.2011

Ayanah Moor is a conceptual artist whose work addresses gender, racial and sexual identity through the lens of popular culture. From hip hop and politics, to black talk and women’s football, Moor draws from and revises popular themes to generate dialogue and invite new meaning. Her creative tools include, print media, performance, drawing and video.

Moor’s work has been addressed in publications including: What is Contemporary Art? (University of Chicago Press); and Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism (Indiana University Press).

The Advancing Black Arts Initiative of The Pittsburgh Foundation funds this project.


Shift : Cambio, is a project that explores notions of blackness in Argentina. The politics of race in Buenos Aires, namely it’s predominate whiteness, is a curious historical development. According to a recent census, the racial makeup of the city is 88.9% White, 7% Mestizo (Spanish-aboriginal), 2% Asian and 1% Black. However in 1778, Blacks were 30% of the population. Buenos Aires’  permits a fascinating space to interrogate the shifting visibility of racial identity. This body of print work will highlight historic readings of Negritude—black cultural and political identity in Argentina.