Exhibitions - Close to Home

Nsenga Knight
Close to Home

05.19.24 – 09.22.24

A view of Nsenga Knight's studio at the Queens Museum.

Nsenga Knight’s studio view at Queens Museum, Nsenga Knight, 2023.

Nsenga Knight’s exhibition Close to Home invites visitors to immerse themselves in an imagined place that embodies her living legacy as an Afro-Caribbean American Muslim artist. The daughter of Caribbean immigrants, Knight recently visited her mother’s home country of Guyana for the first time. While at the Queens Museum, the artist has developed a deep interest in  the representations of Islamic African nations–including Egypt and Sudan–in the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair Archive that bears witness to the then newly postcolonial Africa.


Knight creates her installation by intimately weaving together her own paintings, drawings, and prints, along with cultural artifacts, family mementos, and archival materials. The exhibition forms a domestic space that reflects the artist’s personal, communal, and artistic worldview.


Close to Home is curated by Hitomi Iwasaki, Head of Exhibitons/Curator.


Nsenga Knight (b. Brooklyn, New York, 1981) is an In Situ Artist Fellow at the Queens Museum. She earned an MFA from University of Pennsylvania and a BA from Howard University. She has exhibited her work internationally, including: Contemporary Image Collective, Cairo, Egypt (2022); Drawing Center, New York, NY (2017, 2016); Project Row Houses, Houston, TX (2015); New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, NY (2011); among others. Knight is a recipient of grants from Pollock-Krasner Foundation (2019), Foundation for Contemporary Art (2016), Brooklyn Arts Council (2007). She was an artist-in-residence at BRICworkspace, Brooklyn, NY (2019); and Film/Video Arts Center, New York, NY (2005) among others. She lives and works in New York.


The In Situ Fellowship is made possible in part by lead support from the Mellon Foundation, Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and Ford Foundation.


The Queens Museum is housed in the New York City Building, which is owned by the City of New York.

The Museum is supported, in part, by public funds from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with Mayor Eric Adams, the Queens Borough President Donovan Richards, and the New York City Council under the leadership of Speaker Adrienne E. Adams.

Major funding is generously provided by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Ford Foundation, Hearst Foundations, Jerome Foundation, MacMillan Family Foundation, Mellon Foundation, E.A. Michelson Philanthropy, New York Community Trust, Lambent Foundation, and Rockefeller Brothers Fund.