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Staging Sex, Staging Self #6: Autumn Knight & Chelsea Knight

  • Skowhegan Project Space 136 West 22nd Street New York, NY (map)

Autumn Knight & Chelsea Knight (A '08)


Knight + Knight's Latencies: "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" 

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) artist residency program.  

Chelsea Knight joins 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 residencies at the Whitney Independent Study Program, 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). 


About the Series

This lecture series folds up and poofs out. It's theater. It's something else. It's ABOUT theater. It IS about itself. 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 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, as things that have NOT been exhausted by art production and NOT overtalked. "But isn't all art about those things?" These are totally 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.

Earlier Event: April 15
Staging Sex, Staging Self: Ellie Krakow
Later Event: April 28
Awards Dinner 2015