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 Photo c/o Yara Travieso

Photo c/o Yara Travieso

 

LOOKING OUT, IN, AND BACK:
ARTISTS ON CITIZENSHIP

Co-presented by The Bellwether and BAM
June 5, 2018

 

What makes a citizen? How do the complex, elusive, and multiple definitions of what it means to be an American exert their presence in art? How can contemporary artists shape and imagine new ways of being American? In this free-form, one-night-only conversation, four artists meet for the first time on stage to share their work and engage in a discussion about the intersection of art and American identity.

This interdisciplinary evening of performance and discussion brings together performance artist NIC Kay, author Lisa Ko, photographer Philip Montgomery, and stage and film director Yara Travieso, joined by Alejandro Rodriguez, artistic director of ASTEP’s Artist as Citizen Conference.

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ARTISTS: 

 Read Lisa Ko's "Pen Ten"

Read Lisa Ko's "Pen Ten"

 Read an interview with Yara Travesio about her new  Medea

Read an interview with Yara Travesio about her new Medea

NIC Kay sits down with Marin Sander Holzman to discuss their show lil BLK at AMERICAN REALNESS 2018
 Watch Philip MOntgomery discuss his National Magazine Award-winning story for  The New Yorker

Watch Philip MOntgomery discuss his National Magazine Award-winning story for The New Yorker

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 Image by Jon Key

Image by Jon Key

La MaMa Galleria, The Bellwether, and Codify Art are pleased to present Jarrett Key’s first solo exhibition in NYC:

HAIR PAINTINGS AND OTHER STORIES

February 6- March 3, 2018

Key grew up in rural Alabama to the sound of their grandmother singing, “your hair is your strength.” Hair Paintings... reimagines the collective bodily memories and rituals of the Black community by engaging its narratives of strength, courage, and resilience in an examination of past, present, and future. Investigating the four pillars of their identity -- Family, Blackness, Southerness, and Queerness -- through the repetition of embodied gestures, exclamation marks and language, Key’s oil paintings and hair paintings manifest the imagined individual. Each mark on the canvas is a signature of Key’s identity, an artifact of a performance that mines the possibilities in trusting one’s own queer, black body to celebrate and examine the legacy of its ancestors.  

Learn more about Jarrett here.

“Like [David] Hammons, Key’s work shares similarities to Edward Clark’s bold and loose acrylic-based paintings. Transcending elements of traditional painting methods, both artists push away from refined movements by emphasizing the physicality of their process.” -- Zalika Azim for Studio Museum Magazine, Fall/Winter 2017

 

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Alexandra Kleeman | The Next Menu

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Evan Hanczor | Decay

Devin Alberda | Believe Only

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Ben Taub | Uncertain Seas

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Will Chancellor | Heat of Memory

Sarah Friedland | Action

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Kirstin Huber | Wretched Scrapbook

Lora-Faye | The Leans

Saeed Jones | Thralldom