WILLIAM POPE.L: TRINKET

One of the most stunning exhibitions I have ever seen, the William Pope. L: Trinket exhibition at The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA (March 20–June 28, 2015) was a truly immersive experience.

One quote to mention from the website by William Pope. L:

“This project is a chance for people to feel the flag,” Pope.L has said. “People need to feel their democracy,not just hear words about it. For me, democracy is active, not passive. With Trinket, I am showing something that’s always been true. The American flag is not a toy. It’s not tame. It’s bright, loud, bristling and alive.”

Photos from my visit below:

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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Installation shot of William Pope. L: Polis or the Garden or Human Nature in Action 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton 2015.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

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William Pope. L: Trinket 2008/2015, photo by Erin K. Hylton.

 

FLEXN

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If you have a chance this week definitely go and see the show: FLEXN
From the website: Created in the era of unrest following rulings on Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, and Eric Garner in New York City, this powerful new work is staged by visionary director Peter Sellars and flex pioneer Reggie (Regg Roc) Gray in collaboration with a crew of 21 flex dancers from the very neighborhoods where the movement first took shape. Performing both as individuals and in groups to choreography created by the ensemble itself, the dancers utilize their breathtakingly beautiful movement to tell deeply human and sometimes heart-wrenching stories that address these troubling issues of our time.
In addition to viewing this post-modern dance in an electrifying showcase, you will also be able to engage in FLEXN CONVERSATIONS: RACE AND THE CITY before the show. The conversations are one hour prior to performances with young people, public figures, educators and community leaders. Explored in FLEXN are topics including mamaking neighborhoods safe for play, solitary confinement, “broken windows” policies, and reforming the juvenile justice system. confronts issues of social injustice, with the dancers exploring personal narratives through their own unique movement vocabulary in post-modern dance.

Commissioned by Park Avenue Armory

Photo: Stephanie Berger

Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness

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On Saturday, February 7th I attended the Family Opening for Venturing Out of the Heart of Darkness at the Henry B. Gantt Center for African-American Arts and Culture in Charlotte, NC.  Focused on colonialism and its impact on  black culture, the exhibit  features 19 artists who are national and international representatives of the African diaspora. Some of the artists featured include Jason Patterson and Bethany Collins. Within the exhibit are a variety of mediums, such as sculpture, performance art, collage and digital media. Full of thought-provoking and inspiring artworks, it is a must-see for all that can attend.

My personal favorite was the collaboration between Heather Hart and André D. Singleton, which allowed for personal introspection and participation in an activated space in the galleries. Sharing my wish was a powerful and moving experience.

Open through June 26th  the exhibit provides a breadth of work that allows you to examine the societal impact of colonialism on how black culture is viewed and defined.

Heart, Voice, Song: Three Meetings Performances

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NYC Makers: The MAD Biennial exhibition will present three must-see performances:

Thu, Sep 4th, 7pm: Sable Elyse Smith, Simone Tyson, Sara Jimenez.
Fri, Sep 5th, 10am – 9pm: The piece will be open to the public.
Sat, Sep 6th, 1pm: Vocal ensemble Lush Tongue.
Sat, Oct 11th, 3pm: Christhian Diaz.

The performances will activate Meeting Table, part collective musical instrument, part tool for group facilitation. Through combinations of heart, voice, and song, the performances develop the themes of the piece: considering how individuals can share airtime, share power, and acknowledge each other’s presence.

Meeting Table explores group dynamics, ways of articulation, expression, and being together through the reconfiguration of sonic space. The table, constructed as a responsive drum, amplifies the performers’ heartbeats, becoming a collective resonant body. Five stethoscopes are connected to the drum for performers to hold against their chest. The signals are passed to a series of analog electronic circuits that are embedded on the inside of the drum, where they are filtered, amplified, and mixed together. The drum then plays itself, amplifying and resonating with the group’s continually changing pulse.

More information about the show at http://madmuseum.org/exhibition/nyc-makers

Hope to see you there!

Current Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Current Exhibitions at The Studio Museum in Harlem

Visit The Studio Museum in Harlem for the last weeks of the Fall/Winter 2013-14 season! Come see The Shadows Took Shape, Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art,  and Harlem Postcards: Fall/Winter 2013-14 before it ends on March 9, 2014.

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Photo Caption: Jamal Cyrus “Texas Fried Tenor (Learning to Work the Saxophone)” 2012 Tenor saxophone, flour, water, egg, salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, foam adhesive (Photo by Erin Hylton)