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Ayana Evans: Opening Reception & Performance

March 8 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Performance begins at 7p

A Black Woman’s Art Show and…  A White Man’s Exhibition will run from March 8–March 17, 2019, at Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space. The exhibitions will be staged in two sessions: March 8 through March 10, A Black Woman’s Show and March 13-17 A White Man’s Exhibition. Performances will take place on Friday, March 8 at 7p and Sunday, March 17 at 4p. Additional events include a Black Brunch Artist Talk on March 10 from 3-5p and UnSafe Panel Discussion on March 15 from 7-8p.

Through these two exhibitions, 2018 AAI resident, Ayana Evans, will use performance, audience engagement, photography, monotype prints, wallpapers, and video to ask, “what happens if a Black artist doesn’t have to sell their Blackness?” Specifically, the exhibitions consider the artist’s experience as a Black femme performance artist, often being expected to explain topics of race, gender, and visibility, while subjects of color theory and abstraction presented in the work are often overlooked or ignored and how this often results in differential treatment for the two categories of artists.

Performative public programming and installation of works will push given expectations of both the Black Woman Artist and the White Male Artist. By pointing to and reaching for the freedoms of a white man, Evans asks the same consideration that is extended to a cis white male counterpart be extended to her.

Public Programs

Friday, March 8 at 7p
Opening Performance

Sunday, March 10 from 3-5p
Black Brunch Artist Talk

Friday, March 15 from 7-8p
UnSafe Panel Discussion

Sunday, March 17 at 4p
Closing Reception & Performance


March 8
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm


Cuchifritos Gallery + Project Space
120 Essex Street (inside Essex Market)
New York, NY 10002 United States