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Coded Panel Discussion at Lesley University

  • VanDernoot Gallery, Lesley University 1815 Massachusetts Avenue Cambridge, MA, 02140 United States (map)

Join BLAA for an Artist Panel Discussion in conjunction with our current exhbition, Coded, at Lesley University's VanDernoot Gallery on March 1, 2017 from 6-8pm. The discussion will be moderated by Coded juror Danielle Abrams. 

About the show:
Coded explores the unique role language has played in queer culture as it has developed and flourished since the 19th century. From the outset, coded language has allowed connections and communities to form among gender and sexual minorities in the midst of a hostile dominant culture. As queer culture expanded, shifting and splintering into different subgroups, slang became a way for GSM-identified people to find others who shared similar interests and ideals within the larger milieu of queer spaces. And today, as LGBTQIA identities become more accepted and integrated into mainstream society, language serves as a way to subvert sexist, transphobic, heterosexist, and racist tropes in American popular culture.

Joe Balestraci, Carl Bowlby, Tynan Byrne, William Chambers, Ma Chih Ching (Dill), Oliver Coley, Jamieson Edson, Jeremy Endo, Gordon Feng, Rixy Fernandez, Maggie Guillette, Dylan Hurwitz, Heather Kapplow, Bunny Kellam-Scott, Coe Lapossy, Jonathan Obin, Zoe Perry-Wood, Renee Silva, Evan Smith, Raleigh Strott, Kenson Tuong, Sarah Washburn, Dong Wu, Nathaniel Wyrick, Anthony Young

About Juror Danielle Abrams:
Danielle Abrams’ adopts personae that animate the dualistic relationships between racial and ethnic groups. Her performances propose dialogues between characters that include notable public figures, African-American revolutionaries, Jewish ballerinas, and her biracial family. By rearranging time periods and juxtaposing clans, Abrams’ characters build a social vision that is liberated from the scripts of the past. Danielle Abrams has performed and presented work at ICA Boston, Detroit Institute of the Arts, Bronx Museum of the Arts, Roger Smith Hotel, The Jewish Museum (NY), Queens Museum, Santa Barbara Contemporary Arts Forum, Project Row Houses, Grand Central Art Center, and The Kitchen. Abrams has received grants from The New York Foundation of the Arts, Urban Arts Initiative, and the Franklin Furnace Performance Art Fund. Danielle is from Flushing, New York and she is a professor of performance at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts.