Artist In Residence
Our Partner: Performance Space New York
Over the last 40 years, Manhattan-based Performance Space New York has been propelling cultural, theoretical and political discourse forward. Futurity and world-building connect the interdisciplinary works they present — works that dissolve the borders of performance art, dance, theater, music, visual art, poetry and prose, ritual, nightlife, food, film and technology, shattering artistic and social norms alike.
Gerardo Gonzalez, a California native, is an artist who intertwines cultural heritage, gastronomy and activism to create a singular tapestry of creativity. Inspired by his Mexican heritage and California upbringing, he reimagines the status quo through flavors, performance and social consciousness. With his events, collaborations and culinary creations including acclaimed restaurants like El Rey and Lalito, he unites people and cultures. Going beyond sheer food-making, Gonzalez blends performance, music, flower design and holistic medicine, pushing boundaries of art and culture. Guided by José Esteban Muñoz’s words, he amplifies queer voices of color and envisions a compassionate queer future with new potentialities.
Gonzalez will be in residence during the month of July 2023 and will be showcasing his work at Ace New York from August 2023 – October 2023.
SJ Norman is a cross-disciplinary artist, writer and curator. He is a non-binary transmasculine person and a diasporic Koori of Wiradjuri heritage, born on Gadigal land. His practice is routed through the volatile interstices of the social and the corporeal. He works with the body as both site and material and frequently utilizes relational and process-based choreographies as a mode of structural critique. Norman is interested in the space between bodies, the forces that occupy it, and how the live act might be utilized as a means to examine, disrupt and reinscribe prevailing systems of social power.
Norman will be in residence during the month of October 2023 and will be showcasing his work at Ace New York from November 2023 – January 2024.
Keioui Keijaun Thomas
Keioui Keijaun Thomas’ artistic practice engages with the multifaceted realms of Black identity formation, encompassing affective, material and economic dimensions. Through a captivating fusion of sculpture and performance, Thomas explores the transient nature of the “doll” as both a work in progress and a formidable elemental force. Utilizing an array of materials such as plastic, hair, sugar, rubber, tape, acrylic, water, enamel, glitter and skin, Thomas creates tableaus that are intricately intertwined with her own body.
Thomas will be in residence during the month of January 2024 and will be showcasing her work at Ace New York from February 2024 – April 2024.
Richard Kennedy’s multidisciplinary practice is interested in relationships and navigating sexuality as it occurs at the intersection of class, race and gender. Considering opera through a language of African American experience — drawing on the oral histories told through spirituals and chain gang songs — Kennedy disrupts the tradition of Western theater in order to generate new participatory modes of viewership. Through creating costumes and set design for opera, Kennedy was drawn to painting, sculpture and video, drawing on a process of layering, obfuscation and temporality (slowness) that contradicts their practice in live performance.
Kennedy will be in residence during the month of April 2024 and will be showcasing their work at Ace New York from May 2024 – July 2024.