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Radical Presence: Opening-Day Performances & Reception

Part of Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art

Kick off the exhibition with a cocktail and a dynamic range of performances by contributing artists. The evening also pays tribute to the late conceptual artist Terry Adkins, whose The Last Trumpet—a sound-activation piece made of four 18-foot-long brass horns called Akrhaphones—is presented at 6:30 pm.

Senga Nengudi’s action-based hanging sculpture Untitled (RSVP) (2013) will be performed by longtime collaborator and artist Maren Hassinger. Through sets of choreographed actions, Hassinger stretches nylon stockings filled with sand into surreal and distended shapes, animating these sculptures that suggest shed skins and contours of the human body.

Also part of the evening’s program are Pope.L’s Costume Made of Nothing (2012), a durational work that incorporates the performer’s body into a unique architectural element of the gallery, and Jacolby Satterwhite’s vogue-style activation of Orifice (2010–2012), which includes the artist in a full-body costume with iPod, iPad, and iTouch attachments.

Funding

Radical Presence: Black Performance in Contemporary Art is organized by the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston.

The exhibition is supported by generous grants from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the patrons, benefactors and donors to CAMH’s Major Exhibition Fund. The catalogue accompanying the exhibition is made possible by a grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.

The Walker Art Center’s presentation is made possible by generous support from Angela and Tom Wicka.