Performances from 1PM
// FREE admission | open to all //
Music, readings, performance, prayer, peace. Hosted by Hudson-based artist Shanekia McIntosh. With performances by Martine Gutierrez, Zeelie Brown, Davon, Lady Moon, Joey De Jesus, Bibbe Hansen and B Taylor.
What mystical potencies does ritual performance evoke of the triptychal formation? TRIPTYCH stages a triangulation at, or toward— From three nodes, of bodies (material, sound, organic and other) that speaks to the very concept of ritual. The day of performances organizes around three nodes (shrine, movement, and plenum) crafting a conceptual constellation of sacred geometry across performances throughout the day. As a form, the triptych offers reliefs carved on three panels, three speculations imagined into image. How might recuperating a livable planet demand a re-imagination of performances of mysticism? TRIPTYCH moves beyond, approximating at a collective truth through collaborative performance. The stage is a shrine. If the universe—the turning into one—is a lie, and all of space is full, constituted by dark matter, how do things move across space?
Martine Gutierrez (b. 1989) received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2012. The Brooklyn-based performance artist draws from eclectic media, acting as subject, artist, and muse, documenting her personal metamorphosis into various imagined roles. Through the transformation of physical space and composed self, Gutierrez investigates identity—both personal and collective. Integral to her work is the active participation of the viewer.
“Society perpetuates rigid constructs—fabricated dichotomies like ‘male’ vs. ‘female’, ‘gay’ vs. ‘straight’, ‘minority’ vs. ‘white’, ‘reality’ vs. ‘fantasy’, ‘dominate’ vs. ‘submissive’, etc.,” Gutierrez says. “But our interpretation of these constructs is subjective and not immutable. Reality, like gender, is ambiguous because it exists fluidly.”
Zeelie Brown is a cellist and interdisciplinary artist whose spiritual work conjures together Afro-Atlantic religious cultures to form Soulscapes: black, transfeminine, utopic, technopolitical sanctuaries. Her practice manifests revolutionary beauty to offer spaces of anti-patriarchal gentleness, light, and warmth. Current fellowships include Commissioned Create Change Fellow from the Laundromat Project, Audre Lorde Project Trans Justice Community School Fellow, an Innovative Cultural Advocacy Fellow at the Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute for (CCCADI), a Column Shifting Fellow at Flux Factory, and a Southern Constellations Fellow at North Carolina’s Elsewhere. She has performed and exhibited at RISD, Flux Factory, Elsewhere, Recess Gallery, Project Row Houses, H0l0, MoMA, the Performa Biennial and Harvard University. Zeelie has been featured in Women and Performance (upcoming), Art in America and the Village Voice.
Davon is a southern girl from Tennessee that has trained at prestigious art schools and has worked for many choreographers and directors during her career. Davon is now focused on performing her own improvisational based solo work to tell stories incorporating drag, music, story telling and humor.
B Taylor is a vocalist and activist from the foothills of the Catskills, now based in Brooklyn and a JD candidate at CUNY School of Law. B was a founding member of Silver Ripples, and a regular member of the experimental, non-utilitarian Xhoir. Notable vocal appearances include Raúl de Nieves and Colin Self’s opera The Fool and Monica Mirabile and Sarah Kinlaw’s Authority Figure.
Lady Moon – also know as Ngonda Badila – is a singer/songwriter born out of Parisian, African, and American roots. Founder and leader of Lady Moon & The Eclipse, a multidimensional cosmic soul band, based in Brooklyn NY; opening for acts such at Kamasi Washington, Maxi Priest, and Amanda Palmer, as well as curating events, and tours with some of NYC’s finest gems. Lady experienced music and entertainment as a tool for bringing people together, free expression, and as a from of healing. As a collaborator lady likes to align with various artist, musicians, dancers, and poets to create multidimensional pieces that inspire freedom and enlightenment with a stellar touch.
Bibbe Hansen is a veteran of Warhol’s Silver Factory and the 60s NY experimental theater and film underground. She is the daughter of Fluxus artist Al Hansen, and the mother of the artist Channing Hansen and pop musician Beck. A multiverse performer, musician and visual artist Bibbe has been a member of the international online performance collective Second Front since 2008.
Shanekia McIntosh is a writer, poet, programmer, and educator born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. McIntosh has performed her writing at the New Museum, Portland Institute of Contemporary Art’s TBA Festival, September Gallery, Powrplnt, and Basilica Hudson, among other places. Her writing has been exhibited in shows at the 511 Gallery in Portland, Basilica Hudson, and the New Museum. McIntosh has programmed for a variety of art spaces and educational institutions. She is based in Hudson, NY. Shanekia will perform live, accompanied by Bill Gillim (Megafortress) and Mounanou Badila.
Joey De Jesus is a queer Nuyorican poet. Joey edits poetry for Apogee Journal and edited Façadomy, has a BA from Oberlin College, a MFA from Sarah Lawrence College and is a 2017-8 Departmental Fellow in NYU’s MA in Performance Studies. Joey is a recipient of the 2017 NYFA/NYSCA Fellowship in Poetry and lives in Queens. Their poems have recently appeared in Puerto Rico En Mi Corazon, Bettering American Poetry vol. 2, BOAAT, Beloit Poetry Journal, Brooklyn Magazine, Guernica, The Literary Review and Southern Humanities Review, and have been installed and performed at The New Museum (2017) and Artists Space (2016).
Triptych is made possible, in part, by the generous support of Second Ward Foundation.