Queens International 2016 Performances
May 22 2016
Kerry Downey: Fishing with Angela
Image: Kerry Downey, Fishing with Angela (still), 2016. Performance and video. Courtesy the artist.
Having met through the Queer Art Mentorship program, Angela Dufresne took Kerry Downey on a fishing trip upstate in Spring 2015. Downey’s subsequent performance and video explores the relationship between fishing and painting practices. They engage with the layered histories of mimicry through queer, feminist, pedagogical, painterly, and performative practices. Using an overhead projector, Downey attempts to copy Dufresne’s gestures, words, and ideas. The performance brings the politics and poetics of inter-generational exchange into close proximity.
Sam Vernon with Abby Dobson: When You’re Smiling…The Many Faces of the Mask
Having incorporated sound and instrumentation into her practice over the past two years, artist Sam Vernon collaborates with vocalist Abby Dobson on the occasion of the Queens International 2016. In response to Vernon’s installation Louis & Sam, currently on view in the Museum’s atrium, Dobson will interpret a selection of Louis Armstrong songs including “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” and “What A Wonderful World”. This audio collage runs parallel to Vernon’s visual work, which is inspired by the collage practice and improvisational genius of jazz legend, and Corona resident, Louis Armstrong. Inter-generational narratives, historical memory, and the collage-making of black experience inform both the visual work and performance.
Image: Sam Vernon, Louis & Sam, 2016. Courtesy the artist. Photo: Hai Zhang
Moderator: Kenneth White
Panelists: Caitlin Cherry, T.L. Cowan, Andrew Durbin