Stephanie Diamond

Artist. Entrepreneur. Community-Builder.
© 2019 by Stephanie Diamond

  About Stephanie  

  My projects reflect my strong  

  sense of intuition as well as my  

  lifelong obsession with communal  

  and private space and the interplay  

  between individuals and the public.  

Growing up in New York City, I was the kid who always had marker on her hands and, later, the teenager who never left the apartment without her camera. I took pictures of absolutely everything and everyone in my orbit, and I always printed out copies for my subjects. For me, photography — and art, more broadly — has always been about sharing, connecting and community-building.

 

When I discovered the term “social practice art” in graduate school, I felt like I had come home. I finally had the language to describe my work, which I have always created with a community as opposed to for an audience. My projects reflect my strong sense of intuition as well as my lifelong obsession with communal and private space and the interplay between individuals and the public. (Some of my favorites: a slumber party for artists, a crowdsourced cookbook designed as a supermarket circular and a six-hour dance performance in a museum, depicted above.) My work has been exhibited at MoMA, MASS MoCA, MoMA/P.S. 1, Studio Museum in Harlem, Queens Museum of Art, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Project Row Houses, Philadelphia Mural Arts, SculptureCenter, The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum and the Contemporary Art Center in Vilnius, Lithuania, to name a few. 

 

Listings Project, a free weekly compilation of vetted real estate listings and other opportunities geared towards artists and creatives, grew out of this deep interest in community-building and space. Because I believe that we are our best selves when we are embedded not only in homes and communities that nourish us but when we have a grounding, embodied practice, I have become increasingly involved with 5Rhythms dance. I like to describe 5Rhythms, which I teach at workshops around the world, as a combination between group meditation and dancing with the ecstatic abandon of someone who is absolutely certain they are all alone. But to really understand it, come dance with me!  

 

Between teaching dance, running Listings Project, dreaming up crazy arts and crafts projects to do with my daughter, and learning to be in community with the natural world through birdwatching and camping adventures with my husband, I speak at museums, universities and conferences. I also accept a limited number of consulting engagements. Please feel free to reach out—I’d love to connect.