The Lunder Institute for American Art is incredibly excited to partner with the Davis Museum at Wellesley College for 𝘛𝘢𝘬𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘞𝘩𝘪𝘵𝘦 𝘎𝘭𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘴 𝘖𝘧𝘧: 𝘈 𝘗𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘈𝘳𝘵 𝘚𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘏𝘰𝘯𝘰𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘖’𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘺 ‘𝟻𝟻. This performance series features six multidisciplinary artists—Dominique Duroseau, M. Lamar, Tsedaye Makonnen, Nyugen E. Smith , Ayana Evans, and Eleanor Kipping—to accompany the Davis Museum’s exhibition 𝘓𝘰𝘳𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘦 𝘖’𝘎𝘳𝘢𝘥𝘺: 𝘉𝘰𝘵𝘩/𝘈𝘯𝘥.
As one of Wellesley College’s most esteemed alumnae in the arts, O’Grady will be celebrated with an opening on celebration on Thursday, February 8, featuring Dear BlaQness: emotionally nude. but BEAUTIFUL you are. [As. Is.] worthy of love, a performance by current Lunder Institute fellow Dominique Duroseau, and a symposium on Friday, February 9, featuring Funeral Doom Spiritual, a performance by M. Lamar.
Additional performances will take place throughout the spring semester, with Tsedaye Makonnen and Nyugen E. Smith appearing in separate performances on Wednesday, March 6, Ayana Evans on Thursday, March 7, and Eleanor Kipping on Saturday, May 25.
See the full performance schedule, including times and locations here.
The invited artists, who first convened as the performance art cohort at the Lunder Institute for American Art’s 2023 Summer Think Tank, will pay tribute to O’Grady’s inspiration and legacy, with performances scheduled for February, March, and May on Wellesley’s campus.
All performances will be free and open to the all.
This performance art series is organized by the Davis Museum at Wellesley College with support from the Suzy Newhouse Center for the Humanities, Wellesley College’s Committee on Lectures and Cultural Events, the Art Department, and the Office of the Provost. It is made possible in part through the support and partnership of the Colby College Museum of Art’s Lunder Institute for American Art and the Colby Arts Office.
IMAGE: (top row, left to right) Dominique Duroseau, M. Lamar, Tsedaye Makonnen; (bottom row, left to right) Nyugen E. Smith , Ayana Evans, and Eleanor Kipping