What Up Does , 2016  

What Up Does, 2016


Tiff Massey is an interdisciplinary artist from Detroit, Michigan. She holds an MFA in metalsmithing from Cranbrook Academy of Art. Her work, inspired by African standards of economic vitality, includes both large-scale and wearable sculptures. Massey counts the iconic material culture of 1980’s hip-hop as a major influence in her jewelry. She uses contemporary observances of class and race through the lens of an African diaspora, combined with inspiration drawn from her experience in Detroit.

Tiff Massey is a 2015 Kresge Arts in Detroit Fellowship awardee, as well as a John S. and James L. Knight Foundation’s Knight Arts Challenge winner and a Michigan Chronicle 40 Under 40 award recipient. Massey has participated in several international residencies including Ideas City (in Detroit, Athens, Greece and Arles,France) hosted by The New Museum of New York and with the Volterra-Detroit Foundation in Volterra, Italy.

Tiff Massey’s work has been widely exhibited in both national and international museums and galleries.

B. 1982 in Detroit, MI, lives & works in Detroit, MI.

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Murals in the Market | Detroit, USA
Unobstructed Views – Library Street Collective | Detroit, USA
Pattern, Rhythm, Repetition – Facèré Jewelry Art Gallery | Seattle, USA
Detroit Grind – Rush Arts Gallery | New York, USA
Footwork – Biennale Internationale Design Saint-Etienne | Saint-Etienne, FR
Masked – Holding House |Detroit, USA 2016
Scope – Art Basel Miami | Miami, USA Politically Speaking – Craft in America Los Angeles, USA
Friends of Friends – Red Bull House of Art | Detroit, USA2015
Renaissance – Lille 3000 | Lille, FR
Fashion D*Fined – Detroit Historical Museum | Detroit, USA
Red Bull Alumni Exhibition – Red Bull House of Art | Detroit, USA
An Evening of Arts and Science – Detroit Institute of Arts | Detroit, USA
Art X – Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit | Detroit, USA
Beijing International Contemporary Metal & Jewelry Art Exhibition – China Millennium Monument World Art Museum | Beijing, CN

Cycle 8 – Red Bull House of Art | Detroit, USA
Shared Inheritance – FNB Johannesburg Art Fair | Johannesburg, ZA
Baggage, Tea and Coffee – Galerie Marzee | Nijmegen, NL
Local Perspectives, Global Research – Mercedes-Benz Research and Development North America | Redford, USA

Detroit RiverWalk | Detroit, USA
Society of North American Goldsmiths | Toronto, CA
Let’s Talk About Love, Baby – Printed Matter | New York, USA
Design Aria– Detroit Artists’ Market | Detroit, USA

Site: Lab: Art Prize – Natural History Museum | Grand Rapids, USA
Butcher, Baker, Candlestick Maker – Caroline Van Hoek Gallery | Brussels, BE
Trashion– Whitdel Arts | Detroit, USA


Untitled – Volterra-Detroit Foundation | Volterra, IT
Untethered – Reverb Art + Design | Cincinnati, USA

Vanity – Simone DeSousa Gallery | Detroit, USA

Represent –The N’Namdi Center for Contemporary Art | Detroit, USA