About CF.

[ Cf. ]

Conceptual Fade [ Cf. ] is a project centering Black + African Diasporic conceptual artistic practice across form

[ Cf. ] is a 135sq ft gallery that will host micro-exhibitions + a library for limited audiences.

[ Cf. ] exhibitions will feature (1) one single work by an artist, supported by up to (7) seven reference + process-based materials related to the conceptual development of that work.

[ Cf. ] takes inspiration from the Philadelphia-based Pyramid Club, founded in 1937, an all-Black-led and operated organization + private social club located in North Philadelphia. The Pyramid Club held an annual art exhibition in its salon space, with the goal of producing dialogue about the arts + connecting featured Black artists to local Black patrons and community.

[ Cf. ] is also a nod to Japanese micro jazz bars, which have influenced my approach to curation since my first visit to Tokyo in 2017. These small bars with capacities of  three to ten people, offer highly curated + intimate experiences organized around a particular cultural interest.  I found these spaces challenged my thinking about scale and impact. At only 135 square feet, the capacity for Conceptual Fade is five (5) people (three (3) max with Covid-19 restrictions).

[ Cf. ] will feature work from a range of intergenerational Black artists and thinkers working across a variety of forms—writers, musicians, poets, visual artists, designers, and more. The goal is to allow a deeper understanding of Black thought and conceptual practice related to a range of art forms.

[ Cf. ]is initially a three-year commitment initiated in Feb 2021. After three years of exhibitions, I will pause to review, assess, and decide how to execute the project moving forward.

[ Cf. ] will also house and make accessible my personal library for public research, including a curated selection of Black artists’ monographs, exhibition catalogs, fiction, and non-fiction publications. This library is made available to encourage research for curatorial and writing practice to local artists and writers.

The library + gallery will re-open Feb 2022 with limited capacity due to Covid-19 restrictions. Reservations re required + you must privide proof of vaccination to enter the space.

xTiona Nekkia McClodden

Founder + Director

[ Cf. ] © 2020 - 2023

Schedule Appointment

[ Cf. ] is by appointment only and is wheel chair accessible and located on the first floor.

Viewing + Study Sessions are 90 mins each 

Email tnm@conceptualfade.com  to Reserve a Viewing + Study Sessions 

***Please contact tnm@conceptualfade.com for scheduling hours for Seniors 65+. Accommodations will be made based on availability. 


For all inquiries please contact tnm@conceptualfade.com 

Conceptual Fade, 4500 Worth Street, Studio B102, Philadelphia, PA 19124