idealistic idealistic

January 20 – April 3, 2021

Curated by Michael Mosby

Curated by Michael Mosby, brings together paintings, sculpture, and assemblage by Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola, Sean Desiree, and Marcus Leslie Singleton. The exhibition explores each artist’s relationship to the concept of idealism and the unrealistic aim for perfection.

UAM Anthony Olumbumni Akinbola






Sean Desiree







Marcus Leslie Singleton






About the curator:

Michael Mosby (b.1987, Bronx, New York) lives and works in Hudson, New York. He is a multidisciplinary performer and DJ professionally known as FULATHELA. He has performed both in the United States and abroad, most notably at AFROPUNK Paris in Paris, France. Mosby is the co-founder of Free Range, a performance series that has been presented at Art Omi, Ghent, New York (2019) and The Halfmoon, Hudson, New York (2019).

About the artists:

Anthony Olubunmi Akinbola (b. 1991, Columbia, Missouri) lives and works in Queens, New York. Solo exhibitions include John Michael Kohler Arts Center, Sheboygan, Wisconsin (2021); FALSE FLAG, New York, New York (2021); Museum of Art and Design, New York, New York (2020); Slag Gallery, New York, New York (2020); and Queens Museum, Queens, New York (2018). He has also participated in group exhibitions at Zukerman Museum of Art, KSU College of the Arts, Marietta, Georgia (2020) and Denny Dimin Gallery, New York, New York (2019). Akinbola was selected for the Anderson Ranch Art Center Residency in 2017, was awarded the Van Lier Fellowship in 2019, and was an artist-in-residence at Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria in 2021. Akinbola is a first-generation American, raised between Missouri and Nigeria. He received a bachelor’s degree in communications and media at SUNY Purchase in 2016.

Sean Desiree (b. 1983, Bronx, New York) lives and works in Albany, New York. Solo and group exhibitions include LIFTED: Public Housing, An Aerial Perspective, MINNA, Hudson, New York (2019); Group Exhibition, D’Arcy Simpson Art Works, Hudson, New York (2019); Oral History of Female Drummers, Brooklyn Museum, Brooklyn, New York (2016); A Piece of the Dream, The Albany Barn, Albany, New York (2015); and Pop-Place, Capitalize Albany Corporation, Albany, New York (2015). They are currently a 2020–21 Engaging Artists Fellow at More Art, New York, New York. In addition to being a visual artist they are also a solo musician performing as bell’s roar. In 2018, they produced the ART FUNDS ART TOUR, a seven-city concert series that ran from Albany, New York to Atlanta, Georgia.

Marcus Leslie Singleton (b. 1990, Seattle, Washington) lives and works in Brooklyn, New York. Solo exhibitions include Steve Turner Gallery, Los Angeles, California (2020); The Journal Gallery, New York, New York (2020); TURN Gallery, New York, New York (2019); and Medium Tings, Brooklyn, New York (2018). Singleton's work has been included in exhibitions at Frieze Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California (2020) and SPRING/BREAK Art Show, New York, New York (2020).


Support for the University Art Museum exhibitions and programs is provided by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the Office of the President, Office of the Provost, and The University at Albany Foundation.



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