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Autumn Knight. WALL, 2014–16. Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Photo: Courtesy of the Artist.

Autumn Knight: WALL

Saturday, October 5 at 3pm & 8pm

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Autumn Knight is a recent 2019 Whitney Biennial artist and 2016–17 Studio Museum artist in residence who works in performance, installation, video, and text. On the occasion of The Studio Museum in Harlem’s acquisition of WALL (2014–2016), Danspace Project and the Studio Museum are pleased to present Autumn Knight: WALL, a series of sounds, rituals, and actions influenced by The Western Wall or “Wailing Wall” in Jerusalem that reimagine “walls” as psychological, spiritual, and embodied places.

Performed by Knight in collaboration with Natasha L. Turner, WALL features a femme/black-identifying ensemble. This marks the first time the work will be performed in New York. WALL is the first performance to enter the Studio Museum’s collection.

The production and acquisition framework for WALL is directed by living archives specialist Cori Olinghouse on behalf of The Portal. Autumn Knight: WALL is organized by Eric Booker, Assistant Curator and Exhibition Coordinator, and presented in partnership with Danspace Project.

Danspace Project & Studio Museum members: please contact Lianna King at (212) 674-3530 for questions about member tickets.

 

Accessibility: Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Autumn Knight is an interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video and text. Her performance and video works have been on view at various institutions including Krannert Art Museum (IL), The Institute for Contemporary Art (VCU), Human Resources Los Angeles (HRLA), The High Line and Akademie der Kunste, (Berlin). Knight is the recipient an Art Matters Grant (2018). Her performance work is held in the permanent collection of the Studio Museum in Harlem. Knight is a participant in the 2019 Whitney Biennial as a performance and video artist. autumnjoiknight.com

The Studio Museum in Harlem is the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture. It is a site for the dynamic exchange of ideas about art and society. studiomuseum.org

Dominica Greene and Kayla Farrish. Screenshots of video by: Alexander Diaz​.​

Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts: The New Frontier (my dear America) Pt. 1

Thursday, October 17 at 8pm
Friday, October 18 at 8pm
Saturday, October 19 at 8pm

Kayla Farrish/Decent Structures Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, photography, and dance. Farrish is a NY based dancer and director with a vision for intimate storytelling. A composite of three works of live performance and film including “With grit From, Grace,” “Black Bodies Sonata,” and “The New Frontier,” Farrish’s new work, The New Frontier (my dear America) Pt. 1, brings visibility and honesty to how American history, societal constructs, and views impact our current identity, experience, and ability for change.

Live Work features: Alex Claire, Kayla Farrish, Dorchel Haqq, Emilee Harney, Kar’mel Small, and Mikaila Ware.
Film features: Alexander Diaz, Kayla Farrish, Dominica Greene, Kerime Konur, and Rebecca Margolick.

 

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Kayla Farrish/Decent Structure Arts is an emerging company combining filmmaking, photography, and dance. Farrish is a NY based director with a vision for intimate storytelling.  A North Carolina native, born into a dance-loving family. In 2013, she graduated from the University of Arizona  summa cum laude, and was awarded the Gertrude Shurr Award for excellence in modern dance and passionate dancing. Since moving to New York, she has freelanced with various artists and companies including Punchdrunk Sleep No More NYC, Kyle Abraham/Abraham. In. Motion, Kate Weare Company, Helen Simoneau Danse, Rashaun Mitchell/Silas Reiner, Nicole Von Arx, Danielle Russo Performance Project, and others. She’s received three choreographic commissions: Of Bones Dance (2014) and Houses on the Moon Theater Company (2016), and Danspace (2019).  She co-choreographed Gods and Accepting Darkness with Nik Owens for Spark Dance Forum (2015). Studying photography and film with Yara Travesio, Benjamin Heller, and Brooklyn Central, she formed portraiture, writing, and improvisation studies Beloved Loveless, and  premiered With Delicacy and Permanence live solo and film in May 2017 at B.A.A.D! In Summer 2017, she was granted a residency with Chez Bushwick, creating 5 short dance/music video films including Black Bodies Sonata, Anchors of Iridescence Part I & II, and You Were In My Dreams Last Night along with a film inspired photograph gallery. These films were presented at Chez Bushwick A.I.R. performance, Bushwick Open Studios, Triskelion Film Festival, Deconstructed:Dance Films Festival, Mouthfull Presents/ Of Bones Dance, and Detroit Women in Film Festival. In 2018, she developed live works: Wager/With grit From, Grace, live duet version Black Bodies Sonata, and Why I Can’t Hold Strangers performing at Stuffed: Dinner and Dance program at Judson Church, Pepatian APAP showcase, Arts On Site Performance Party,  Danspace curated Food For Thought, BAAD!, and other spaces. She produced and created “Spectacle” Film and Live Performance evening length piece apart of the Pepatian Dance Your Future Residency in 2018. In 2019, she will take part of the Keshet Makers Space Experience Residency, Petronio Residency Center, and also premiere new and developing works in her Danspace Fall 2019 Commision.

This project is made possible with funds from the NYS DanceForce, a partnership program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

Ogemde Ude. Photo: Kathyrn Butler.
Jo McKendry. Photo: Molly Ross.

DraftWork: Jo McKendry & Ogemdi Ude

Saturday, October 19 at 3pm
DraftWork is free and open to all! No advance reservations.

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists and curator.

 

DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

 

Accessibility: Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Ishmael Houston-Jones (curator): choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York, across the US, and in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. He and Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. He was awarded his second “Bessie” Award for the revival of THEM, his 1985/86 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane. He curated Platform 2012: Parallels and Platform 2016: Lost & Found, both at Danspace Project. He has received a 2016 Herb Alpert, a 2015 Doris Duke Impact and a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artists Awards. In 2017 he received a third “Bessie” for Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other Works by John Bernd.

Sam Kim. Photo courtesy the artist.

Sam Kim: Other Animal

Thursday, October 31 at 8pm
Friday, November 1 at 8pm
Saturday, November 2 at 8pm

Sam Kim is an experimental choreographer, performer and teacher based in Brooklyn who has been making and performing in dances since the mid 1990s. Her work investigates and occupies the margins of dance while courting the danger inherent in rejecting dance’s legacies. Kim’s first Danspace Project commission, Valentine, was presented in 2002. With Other Animal, Kim incorporates media elements into a dance for the first time––animation by celebrated filmmaker Stacey Steers. Steers is an experimental filmmaker known for her labor-intensive animations. Both artists share a fascination with that which cannot be named, invoking abstraction to capture ineffable experience.

Created, performed, and directed by Sam Kim.
Animation by Stacey Steers.
Projection and sound design by Chloe Alexandra Thompson.
Projection design consultation by Max Bernstein.
Lighting design by Kathy Kaufmann.

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Sam Kim is an experimental choreographer, performer and teacher based in Brooklyn who has been making and performing in dances since the mid ‘90s.  Her work restlessly investigates and occupies the margins of dance while courting the danger inherent in rejecting dance’s legacies––in other words, her choreographic practice is a means of engaging in a personal game of brinkmanship.

Significant, commissioned works include Procession (Zenon Dance Company, 2018), Fear in Porcelain (The Chocolate Factory Theater, 2016), Angle of Incidence (Zenon Dance Company, 2016), Sister to a Fiend (Gibney Dance, 2015), Some Kind of Derelict Telekinesis (Barnard/Columbia Dances at New York Live Arts, 2014), Darling (PS122, 2009), dumb dumb bunny (The Kitchen, 2007), Cult (Dance Theater Workshop, 2007), AVATAR (Mulberry St Theater, 2006), Nobody Understands Me (Dance Theater Workshop, 2004), Placid Baby (PS122, 2003), and Valentine (Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church, 2002).  In addition to the upcoming premiere of Other Animal, she looks forward to the premiere of her project, The Fall, at The Chocolate Factory Theater in ’20/21.  Sam’s work has also been presented by the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Galapagos Art and Performance Space, JACK and Movement Research, and nationally and internationally, by Highways Performance Space (LA), Studio 303 (Montréal), the Unknown Theater (LA) and Bryant Lake Bowl (Minneapolis), among many others.

Sam has been awarded grants, fellowships and residencies from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, Lucky Star Foundation, MAP Fund, Bossak/Heilbron Charitable Foundation, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, Swoon Art House, Ucross Foundation, Mount Tremper Arts, Yaddo, Bogliasco Foundation, Movement Research, New York Live Arts, Baryshnikov Arts Center, Djerassi Resident Artists Program, MacDowell Colony and Brooklyn Arts Exchange, among others in support of her work.

Sam engages with and is responsive to the NYC experimental dance community through various leadership roles.  Sam has taught classes and workshops throughout LA, Minneapolis and NYC, and frequently serves as a panelist and adjudicator for numerous organizations, most recently for the Djerassi Resident Artists Program, Movement Research Artist in Residence program, The Bogliasco Fellowship and MAP Fund grant.  She also organized and moderated the feminist Movement Research Studies Project Band of Outsiders: WOMEN (2016).  Sam served on the board of Dance Theater Workshop (2006-2010) and was a member of the Artist Advisory Committee at PS122 (1999-2003).  She has also served as an artistic advisor to residency programs and individual choreographers.

Douglas Crimp, NYC, 2016. Photo: Alice O’Malley.

A Memorial for Douglas Crimp: Mourning and Militancy

A Memorial for Douglas Crimp: Mourning and Militancy

Saturday, November 2, 2019

Doors open at 12:30pm

Memorial begins at 1pm

at Danspace Project
St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery
131 East 10th Street (at 2nd Avenue)

New York, NY 10003

Please join family and friends in honoring the life and mourning the death of Douglas Crimp, who died on July 5th at age 74 after a long illness, which he met with uncommon grace. Much beloved by students and colleagues at the University of Rochester, where he was the Fanny Knapp Allen professor of Art History and Professor of Visual and Cultural Studies. World renowned as a scholar, writer, lecturer, and critic in visual art, dance, film, and queer studies. Author of numerous books and essays, many of which are classics in their fields. He could be found at a ballet, opera, concert, exhibition or some combination of these nearly every day. Strongly influenced by the gay liberation movement of the early 1970s, he became an inspirational and uncompromising AIDS activist in the ’80’s and ’90s. Survived by his spouse, Yoshiaki Mochizuki, sister Sandi Bloem, brother Gregg Crimp, and a wide circle of devoted caregivers and friends, whom he loved deeply.

The afternoon will be filled with performances and remarks by those dear to Douglas.

A schedule is forthcoming.

Douglas requested that his memorial be held at Danspace Project at St. Mark’s Church and contributions be made in his name to Danspace Project. Donate here.

 

Artforum: Gregg Bordowitz on Douglas Crimp

Frieze: Learning How to Be Queer Again: Remembering Douglas Crimp by Thomas J. Lax

 

 

Accessibility: Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Douglas Crimp was born in 1944 in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. He became an internationally recognized art historian, critic, AIDS activist, and scholar of queer studies. His highly influential essays of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s, especially “Pictures” (1979) theorized postmodernism as a critique of desire and subjectivity in visual representation, helping to radicalize the discourse about contemporary art. In the late 1980’s, in response to the suffering caused by the AIDS epidemic, he became a militant AIDS activist and in 1987 edited an issue of the journal October on “AIDS: Cultural Analysis/Cultural Activism.” Published later as a book, the issue brought Douglas’s ideas about postmodernism to bear on AIDS, engaging in urgent struggles over representations of the disease and of homosexuality. Arguing against aestheticizing and “phobic” images of people with AIDS, Douglas said, “We don’t need to transcend the epidemic; we need to end the epidemic.” But the AIDS epidemic also led Douglas to revise some of his earlier aesthetic ideas. As he writes in the introduction to On the Museum’s Ruins, a collection of his postmodernism essays, “ultimately it was the specter of death that revealed to me the limits of my conception of postmodernism.” If radical art is going to become part of social praxis, he says, it must move outside the conventional institutions of artistic distribution and reception and change the way art functions in society. Following his departure as an editor of October, he became a professor of art history and of visual and cultural studies at the University of Rochester. He gave talks and wrote essays about the films of Andy Warhol, the dance of Yvonne Rainer, among many other topics. He married Yoshiaki Mochizuki. In 2016, he published Before Pictures, a memoir that weaves together his early artistic and sexual experimentation in downtown Manhattan. His collected essays about dance and about dance on film will be published in the spring by Dancing Foxes Press.

Eleanor Bock. Photo: Hadley Smith.
Photo: Rourou Ye.

DraftWork: Hadley Smith & Rourou Ye

Saturday, November 9 at 3pm
DraftWork is free and open to all! No advance reservations.

Curated by Ishmael Houston-Jones, the DraftWork series hosts informal Saturday afternoon performances that offer choreographers an opportunity to show their work in various stages of development.

Performances are followed by discussion and a reception with the artists and curator.

 

DraftWork is presented, in part, with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, in partnership with the City Council.

 

Accessibility: Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Ishmael Houston-Jones (curator): choreographer, author, performer, teacher, and curator. His improvised dance and text work has been performed in New York, across the US, and in Europe, Canada, Australia, and Latin America. He and Fred Holland shared a New York Dance and Performance “Bessie” Award for Cowboys, Dreams and Ladders. He was awarded his second “Bessie” Award for the revival of THEM, his 1985/86 collaboration with writer Dennis Cooper and composer Chris Cochrane. He curated Platform 2012: Parallels and Platform 2016: Lost & Found, both at Danspace Project. He has received a 2016 Herb Alpert, a 2015 Doris Duke Impact and a 2013 Foundation for Contemporary Arts Artists Awards. In 2017 he received a third “Bessie” for Variations on Themes from Lost and Found: Scenes from a Life and other Works by John Bernd.

Jerron Herman by Mark Wickens. Molly Joyce by Sarah Midkiff.

Jerron Herman & Molly Joyce: Breaking and Entering

Tuesday, November 12 at 8pm
Friday, November 15 at 8pm
Saturday, November 16 at 8pm

Breaking and Entering is a new collaborative work between disabled artists Jerron Herman and Molly Joyce, exploring congenital and acquired physical immobility through their parallel weak left sides. Cracking a constrained narrative of disability, the pair’s diametric experiences will clash, cohere, and eventually congeal to reveal a dynamic picture of intersection.

Jerron Herman is an interdisciplinary artist creating through dance, text, and visual storytelling. He has performed around the globe with Heidi Latsky Dance and is an advocate for disabled athletes and performers. He was recently nominated for the prestigious United States Artists Fellowship in Dance. An accomplished musician, Molly Joyce’s work is primarily concerned with disability as a creative source. The primary vehicle in her pursuit is an electric vintage toy organ, which allows her to engage with disability on a compositional and performative level.

Sound design by Michael Hammond.
Featured DJs are Kevin Gotkin (Tuesday), Michael Hammond (Friday), and Jiji (Saturday).
Costume design by Gerald & Cynthia Herman.

Accessibility Danspace Project’s main entrance is fully wheelchair accessible via ramp. A same-level restroom is available near Danspace Project’s main performance space in the church sanctuary.

Jerron Herman is an interdisciplinary artist who’s been featured with Heidi Latsky Dance at Lincoln Center, ADF, the Whitney Museum, and abroad in Athens. He’s been a principal member of HLD since 2011. Jerron serves on the Board of Trustees at Dance/USA and is also a part of the Executive Committee as Secretary. He has spoken on various panels and now regularly moderates discussion on the intersections of art and culture. As a model, Jerron has shot for Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive, consulted for a Nike-sponsored project, and the Jewelry Library. He’s been profiled in Buzzfeed for his dancing, The New York Post for his fashion, and was featured on Great Big Story. In 2018 he was a Snug Harbor PASS artist, a finalist for the inaugural Apothetae/Lark Play Development Lab Fellowship and was nominated for a Fellowship in Dance from United States Artists. His latest solos include Phys. Ed. and Relative – a crip dance party. Phys. Ed has also been taught as a workshop at Marlboro College. He premiered another solo at The Whitney Museum to commemorate the 29th Anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act. Jerron studied at Tisch School of the Arts and graduated from The King’s College. The New York Times has called him, “…the inexhaustible Mr. Herman.” Check out more at www.jerronherman.com

Molly Joyce’s music has been described as one of “serene power” (New York Times), written to “superb effect” (The Wire), and “impassioned” (The Washington Post). Her works have been commissioned by ensembles including the New World, New York Youth, Pittsburgh, and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestras, and New Juilliard, Decoda, and Contemporaneous ensembles. Additionally, her work has been presented at TEDxMidAtlantic, Bang on a Can Marathon, Classical:NEXT, VisionIntoArt’s FERUS Festival, and featured in Pitchfork, WNYC’s New Sounds, Q2 Music, I Care If You Listen, and The Log Journal. Also active as a performer, Molly often sings and plays with her vintage toy organ, an instrument she loves due to how it fits her impaired left hand. Her debut full-length album featuring such will be released on New Amsterdam Records in 2020. Molly has studied at The Juilliard School, Royal Conservatory in The Hague, and Yale School of Music. More information at mollyjoycemusic.com.

Breaking and Entering is supported by New Music USA. To follow the project as it unfolds, visit the project page: https://www.newmusicusa.org/projects/breaking-and-entering
Breaking & Entering is supported, in part, by a residency at Performance Space New York with support from the Jerome Foundation, and by a Foundation for Contemporary Arts Emergency Grant.