Staging Sex, Staging Self // A Performative Lecture Series
Nadia Ayari // Esteban del Valle // Chris Domenick // Chelsea Knight & Autumn Knight // Ellie Krakow // Jonathan VanDyke //
136 W. 22nd Street, New York, NY (map)
No RSVP required
Doors open at 7PM
Performances begin promptly at 7:30PM
This lecture series
plunges the ambiguities of identity formation. It moves over and under that line where the body meets language and where that same body asks, “How is it that I am this way?”
This lecture series
lives under the umbrella of performance art, but it is also theater. It’s ABOUT theater. It collides with a certain kind of academic pursuit and presentation that plumbs boundaries of what “academic” is or might be. It lays claim to its own performativity – its writing—as a non-linear composition that may or may not have been written for us before we even showed up.
This lecture series
hinges on the production of gender, theatricality and culture. These are self conscious and self-aware enactments and - should we say - pageants, in a framework of kindred ideas. We hope you will enjoy them. We hope you will enjoy them.
Wednesday, February 18 // Nadia Ayari
In her lecture titled, What You Need, Nadia Ayari will read a selection of prose and poetry that touches on fig holes, Africa and the future.
Wednesday, March 11 // Esteban del Valle
In Invisible Tyrants: Finding the Masters Beyond These Shackles, Esteban del Valle addresses the hierarchal structures embedded in the conversation of privilege vs. accessibility and how it relates to notions of “good” and “bad” art: “Growing up as a graffiti artist and having never lost my love for painting walls and illustration, I have found myself split between two different “art worlds” with two different approaches to creativity. After watching a room full of my Skowhegan peers laugh and mock several painters I found myself relating to, I was forced to ask the question, ‘Who is right in this situation?'” Wednesday, March 25 // Chris Domenick
Chris Domenick will analyze the design and architecture of one rest stop in upstate Ramapo, New York as a consequence of the evolution of American highway ideology. He asks how the rest stop functions in terms of a ‘site’ or ‘location’ with geographic specificity. The lecture operates as a psychic travelogue of roadside Americana, considering the construction of a particular brand of male heterosexual existentialism. Through this form he will explore how public radio, vending machines, hand dryers, and historical posters collude to create normative narratives of nationalist identity. The lecture will highlight the social and sexual ruptures in this story and use them as a point of departure to discuss gendered design, political boundaries, framing techniques, and the analagous infrastructure of the internet.
Wednesday, April 15 // Ellie Krakow
In Recovery or Semblance of Recovery, Ellie Krakow brings together a diverse group of experts to discuss how we manage to pick up the pieces and put them back together in some inherently altered form. Looking at the intersection of topics as disparate as reconstructive surgery, art restoration, and ritual memorials the lecture/conversation will probe at how and why we recover. It will explore the role that staging plays in the processes - where staged and real recoveries meet, and how they affect and support one another.
Wednesday, April 22 // Chelsea Knight & Autumn Knight
Knight + Knight’s Latencies is a performance that is part lecture, part dinner, and part psychology session: "We want to tell you our two stories: latent and manifest. This is our hysterical story (hysterical in the Freudian sense), the story of our alliance, our fraudulence, our transgression, our passive aggression, our competition, our sexuality (or rather hypersexuality), and our relation to the world, as women. How we relate to one another has everything to do with how we relate to you, and who YOU are defines everything, because I am only NOT YOU, and you are only NOT ME”
Wednesday, May 6 // Jonathan VanDyke
Jonathan VanDyke looks for himself in an a family photograph taken during his childhood. The picture shows his adopted Uncle wearing his mother’s dress while holding the trunk of a stuffed elephant in his mouth. VanDyke’s lecture explores the issues faced by queers who were children during the AIDS crisis and 80s culture wars, and how the hyper-capitalism and theatricality of this period nurtured a certain type of passing (including his own). Augmented by research into a gay panic that happened in his rural hometown, passages from the soap operas he watched as a child, and memories of a disappeared Uncle, he evokes the repressed ghosts of a lost generation of queer mentors while exploring his own transition from theatrical youth to closeted jock.
Nadia Ayari’s (A '06) work focuses on political landscapes. Her recent explorations in fresco add a sculptural dimension to her richly dense surfaces. She has had solo projects at The Third Line, Dubai, Monya Rowe, New York and Luce Gallery, Turin, and has participated in Art Dubai Projects, the Cairo Biennale and the Thessaloniki Biennale. Her paintings have also been exhibited in group shows at Gallery Diet, Miami, Monica DeCardenas, Zuoz and Saatchi Gallery, London among others. Her forthcoming solo exhibition will take place at Taymour Grahne in New York.
Originally from Chicago, Esteban del Valle (A '11) is an interdisciplinary artist living and working in Brooklyn, where he maintains an active studio and mural practice. He completed his MFA in painting at RISD in 2009, where he received a Presidential Scholarship and the Toby Devan Lewis Fellowship. Del Valle has produced murals nationally and his work has been featured on HGTV, NY1 News, News 12 Brooklyn, Huffington Post, and the New York Times and has been included in various exhibitions includingPulso: Art of the Americas at KCAD in Grand Rapids, MI, EMPIRIA at Superchief Gallery in NYC, Liars, Actors, and Believers at Cabinet in Brooklyn, NY. Del Valle has also been the recipient of several visual arts residencies and fellowships including Hub-Bub, ISLAND, the Djarssi Program, and the Fine Arts Work Center. He is currently a participant in Smack Mellon’s Artist Studio Program.
Chris Domenick (A '12) is a visual artist who currently lives and works in Queens, NY. He received a BFA from Tyler School of Art and MFA from Hunter College. He is the recipient of the C-12 Award (judges included Stefan Kalmár, Chrissie Iles, and Johanna Burton) from Hunter College in 2013. He has been included in exhibitions at Room East, Socrates Sculpture Park, Vox Populi, White Box, Louis B James, The Center for Experimental Lectures, The Queens Museum of Art, Capricious Space, and MassMOCA.
Autumn Knight is a Houston-based interdisciplinary artist. Knight’s work primarily falls within performance, installation, and social practices that address conventions of racial and gender identity, psychotherapy and art access. Knight’s performance work has been in group exhibitions at various institutions including the University Museum at Texas Southern University, DiverseWorks Artspace, Art League Houston, Project Row Houses, Blaffer Art Museum, Kelly-Strayhorn Alloy Theatre and Crystal Bridges Museum (AR). She was a 2013-2014 artist in residence at Galveston Artist Residency, Galveston, TX and the international AIR with UK arts organization, In-Situ. She has a M.A. in Drama Therapy from New York University (New York, NY) and a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Dillard University (New Orleans, LA). In 2015, Knight will participate in the Artpace (San, Antonio, TX) aritist residency program.
Chelsea Knight (A '08) join sites of power with sites of language by staging both. Her videos, performances and installations combine documentary and fiction to examine social systems. Knight was born in Vermont and lives and works in New York. She received her B.A. from Oberlin College and her M.F.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Knight completed a residency at the Whitney Independent Study Program (2010), and was a Fulbright Fellow in Italy (2007). Solo exhibitions and performances include: The Brooklyn Museum, The St. Louis Art Museum, Abrons Art Center (New York), Momenta Art (Brooklyn), Night Gallery (Los Angeles) and Julius Caesar Gallery (Chicago).
Ellie Krakow (A '08) earned her MFA from Hunter College and her BA through study at Yale and RISD. Exhibitions include a solo show at Cuchifritos Gallery, and group shows JVS Project Space, Hal Bromm, Thierry Goldberg, Interstate Projects, and Canada Gallery, in NYC; The Pula Film Festival in Croatia, Organhaus Art Space in China and The Royal College of Art in London. She is a recipient of a Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant and has participated in residencies at Yaddo; Abrons Arts Center; and is currently a resident artist in the Hunter College Ceramics Department where she will have a solo show in the Thomas Hunter Project Space this spring.
Jonathan VanDyke’s (A '08) recent solo exhibitions have appeared at Loock Galerie, Berlin, Four Boxes Gallery in Denmark, 1/9unosunove in Rome, Scaramouche in New York, and Court Square Project Space in New York. Recent performance works have been presented by On Stellar Rays, Knockdown Center, and The National Academy Museum, all in New York, and by the Power Plant in Toronto, Vox Populi in Philadelphia, and the Qwatz Residency in Rome. His piece Stranger Suite was presented on Fire Island this past summer by the New York Performance Artists Collective. Forty-hour performance works include The Long Glance at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and With One Hand Between Us, presented as part of Performa 2011. VanDyke received an MFA in Sculpture from Bard College.