Kiyan Williams

New York

Kiyan Williams


Kiyan Williams is a visual artist and writer from Newark, NJ who works fluidly across performance, sculpture, video, and 2D realms. Rooted in a process-driven practice, they are attracted to quotidian, unconventional materials and methods that evoke the historical, political, and ecological forces that shape individual and collective bodies.

Williams earned a BA with honors from Stanford University and an MFA in Visual Art from Columbia University. Their work has been exhibited at SculptureCenter, The Jewish Museum, Brooklyn Museum, Socrates Sculpture Park, Recess Art, and The Shed.

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See their work at Prelude 2021

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This year at Prelude, we are trying out

chain curating!

Kiyan Williams

was invited by curator

Alessandra Gómez

and forms a part of

Chain 3


How Do You Properly Fry An American Flag (2019-ongoing)

Monday, 25 October 2021

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How Do You Properly Fry An American Flag (2019-ongoing)

Kiyan manipulates and transforms American flags into charred and distorted objects.


Kiyan Williams


Segal Talk: Chain Curation Thread 3

Wednesday, 27 October 2021

12pm ET


Segal Talk: Chain Curation Thread 3

In conversation with New York based artists and curators that comprise the third chain in our chain curation programming this year.


Jay Wegman, Sibyl Kempson, Lumi Tan, Alex Tatarsky, Alessandra Gómez, Jesse Firestone, Isaac Pool

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