CTRL+ALT at Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

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The closing exhibition of the Fall’2016 season was curated at the old Pearl River Mart in NYC.  CTRL+ALT was “A Culture Lab on Imagined Futures” and featured, “Folk’Lore: Future”, a re-imagining of my 2014 body of work “Folk’Lore: The Myth and Legend of American Blackness through Story, Song and Riddle”.  The installation up-ended whiteness and […]

“Precious in Da Wadah, A Portrait of a Geechee” National Portrait Gallery

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“Precious in Da Wadah, A Portrait of a Geechee” was commissioned by the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery as a part of the “Identify:Performance Art as Portraiture” series in which the museum is “pulling back the curtain of time to acknowledge those who are missing from the museum’s historical collections”. My piece focused on the ingenuity […]

TRANSITION Magazine Issue 120-“You Are Next”

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TRANSITION Magazine 120-“You Are Next” “celebrates the artist’s power to capture, convey, and make visible the particularities of marginalized or misrepresented identity.”  The issue includes an interview I did with Dr. Gwendolyn DuBois-Shaw (U Penn) and features “Cotton Mouth” as the cover image. Click here for a link to the issue.

SHELDON4DC

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“Sheldon 4 DC” was a campaign as performance piece launched during the election cycle of 2016.  It served as a real-issues campaign for the fictitious position of Minister of Culture of the District of Columbia.  The campaign included kick-off events, public forums, rallies and a whistle-stop tour, garnering over 50,000 impressions in its lifetime.  The […]

Creative Time Summit: Occupy The Future

Posted by on Mar 15, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

A radical re-imagining of the future of arts, culture and politics descended on Washington DC, during Creative Time’s international summit on October 14-16th, 2016.  I had the distinct pleasure of presenting during the “Queer and Now” section where I gave a live performance of my portrait “Sweet Boy”  

“Penance” at Katzen Museum

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“Penance”, a new performance installation commanding the repentance of racial transgression and the act of confessional. It was a part of “It Takes a Nation: Art and Social Justice” at American University’s Katzen Museum of Art, on the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Black Panther movement and the art work of Emory Douglas. […]

“Market Symphony” performance at Smithsonian African Art Museum

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On February 19, 2016, I had the honor of mounting “Market Symphony”, a performance in conversation with Emeka Ogboh’s soundscape of the same name.  Emeka developed the soundtrack in Balogun Market in Lagos.  Working with Ogboh directly in developing this piece was an incredible act of generosity on his part and informed the installation of […]

“Male Polish and the Exorcism of the Sweet” performance at CAA, 2/06/16

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Fine Art | No Comments

“Male Polish” interrogates the transactional nature of femininity and the effeminate through the lens of male-desired, gender normativity.  The performance is sourced from the longest period of my life where I felt un-present in my own body as a cornerback on my 8th grade football team.  It was in those four months of gender-based psycho-displacement where […]

“Male Polish and the Exorcism of the Sweet” at CAA, 2/06/16

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

“Male Polish” interrogates the transactional nature of femininity and the effeminate through the lens of male-desired, gender normativity.  The performance is sourced from the longest period of my life where I felt un-present in my own body as a cornerback on my 8th grade football team.  It was in those four months of gender-based psycho-displacement where […]