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PROGRAM

Artists of Color Council

A cohort of artists of color addressing cultural diversity, equity, and sustainable structural integration in MR’s operations, programming, outreach, and throughout its extended communities. The council aspires to increase visibility, opportunities, and engagement with resources for artists of color within the field.

For further information about the Artists of Color Council, please contact Interim Council Coordinator at [email protected]

Get Involved

For questions and general inquiries, please email [email protected].

Artists of Color Council meets on the second Saturday of the month from 12:30-2:30PM, except for the four vision meetings scheduled throughout the year when the council meets from 12:30-3PM.

Vision meetings offer the time and space to pull back and consider and support our vision, mission, goals and values.

Vision meetings are held in the months of:

August
November
February
May

RSVP’s are welcomed and encouraged but not required.

RSVP for location information; please email [email protected]

Subscribe to the Artists of Color Council Listserv to receive periodic updates on AoCC meetings and other events and opportunities for artists of color, or if you are interested in becoming a core council member. The Artists of Color Council is a cohort of artists of color addressing cultural diversity, equity, and sustainable structural integration in MR’s operations, programming, outreach, and throughout its extended communities. The council aspires to increase visibility, opportunities, and engagement with resources for artists of color within the field.

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Learn more about the AoCC

You can learn more about the AoCC in this transcribed interview featured in MRPJ 50: Diversity and Accountability: A Conversation with the Movement Research Artists of Color Council, edited by Tara Aisha Willis.

Artists of Color Council Curation

Each season the Movement Research Artists of Color Council invites a member of the community to curate artists to participate in Movement Research at the Judson Church. Maria Hupfield is the Artists of Color Council invited curator for the Movement Research at the Judson Church Spring 2020 Season. Artist names and curatorial statement to follow.

[email protected] AoCC Guest Curation by Mai Lê Ho

Featuring Nubian Néné, Hurrikane, Gianna Theodore & LayeRhythm Artists: Axel Tosca, Rodney Harrison, and Osyris Antham
November 7th, 2022 at 7pm
Free. No reservations required.
Visit [email protected] Calendar Event for details.

Each season the Movement Research Artists of Color Council invites a member of the community to curate artists to participate in Movement Research at the Judson Church. Mai Lê Ho is the Artists of Color Council invited curator for the Movement Research at the Judson Church Fall 2022 Season. Artist names and curatorial statements to follow.

About the Curator

Mai Lê is a French-Vietnamese street/club dance artist & educator, curator, and the founder of LayeRhythm Productions INC, a NYC-based non-profit organization dedicated to highlighting freestyle voices in the performing arts landscape.

In 2015, Mai Lê created LayeRhythm, a cutting­ edge monthly jam session that layers live musicians & vocalists with freestyle dancers, acclaimed by the New York Times (2018). Since then, LayeRhythm has been seen at venues/festivals such as Jacob's Pillow, 92NY, the Guggenheim Museum.

A core member of Passion Fruit Dance Company since 2016, and a member of Sour Patch Crew since 2012, Mai Lê has performed across the USA and abroad. In 2021, Mai Lê was selected to be virtual artist-in-residence with Asian American Arts Alliance, and movement curator for Asian Cultural Council’s East West Fest.

Mai Lê has won 1st place in various international house dance competitions such as Ladies of Hip-Hop (NYC, 2015), Universole (Detroit, 2015), Step Ya Game Up (NYC, 2013) and has served a judge for House Dance UK (London, 2015), Slick City (Chicago, 2015), The Blueprint (Houston, 2013). She teaches weekly in NYC.

Mai Lê Ho's statement: "Through this curation and my work with LayeRhythm I want to highlight the brilliance of street & club dances, freestyle music & dance, and the people that keep these forms alive & vibrant."


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Former and Founding Council Members


Former Coordinators


Artists of Color Council Curation: Each season the AoCC invites a member of the community to curate artists to participate in Movement Research at the Judson Church. Here is a look at the past few season curations.

Artists of Color Council Curation Fall 2018

Arielle Rosales is the curator for the Artists of Color Council Movement Research at the Judson Church fall 2018 season. She curated Kevon Simpson, Ethan "Simba" Graham and Havanna Fisher performing October 8, November 5 and October 1, respectively.

We are living in a pivotal time in history. With the urgency to change our future, we reflect on the past, only to find ourselves losing track of living in the present. Our world is in dire need of healing love and raw truth. Or is it raw love and healing truth? Either way, I believe the answer is Art. We need it now more than ever.

Duende. One's inner creative spirit. The profound energetic force than inspires our art. As Spanish poet Federico García Lorca describes, "Duende is a force not a labour, a struggle not a thought. I heard an old maestro of the guitar say: 'The duende is not in the throat: the duende surges up, inside, from the soles of the feet.' Meaning, it's not a question of skill, but of a style that's truly alive: meaning, it's in the veins: meaning, it's of the most ancient culture of immediate creation." When we have nothing else, we have duende. [...]

Read the full curatorial statement here!

-- Arielle Rosales, Curator Fall 2018 (Movement Research, Artists of Color Council)


Artists of Color Council Curation Spring 2018

Each season the AoCC invites a member of the community to curate three artists to participate in Movement Research at the Judson Church. The Spring 2018 curator is Chloe C. Chotrani, who has curated Rina Casero Espiritu, Zavé Martohardjono and Jana Lynn (JL) Umipig, performing on February 12, 19 and May 7.

Chloe C. Chotrani is a movement artist and writer based in Singapore. She was a dance scholar with Romancon Dance in Manila and has worked with Legit Status Philippines, B Supreme London, Evidence Dance Community, Movement Research and Gibney Dance in New York. Her creative research is oriented towards her ancestry, the dance ethnography of Southeast Asia, eco-feminism and the decolonisation of people. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and a BA in Arts Management from De La Salle - Saint Benilde in Manila completed through a Dance Scholarship.

Currently, she is an Artist in Resident with Dance Nucleus tacking the topic of "Post-Colonial Tactics" through dance and dance research. She is also a guest writer for Arts Equator and works in the field of permaculture (permanent agriculture) with Cultivate Central in Singapore, bridging creativity and ecology. She lives a soft approach through embodied research as the cyclical driving force of her collaborations and creations. Find her on her website.

Curatorial Statement || Softness

These bodies draw from a post-colonial present that radiates the soft, fluid and the erotic as our creative power force. Embodied living is radically called for as we continue to dance within the global crisis. Diaspora discourse of the matriarch with Rina Casero Espiritu, Jana Lynn (JL) Umipig along with the queer vista of Zavé Martohardjono.


Artists of Color Council Curation Fall 2017
The Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 curator is Ebony Noelle Golden, who has curated Audrey Elaine Hailes, Jaime Yawa Dzandu, Courtney J. cook performing on October 16, 30, and November 13.

Curatorial Statement || Experiments in Creative Emancipation

Audrey Elaine Hailes, Jaimé Yawa Dzandu, and Courtney J. Cook make work that is challenging, thick, messy, purposeful, durational, muscular, textured, and requires full-bodied participation from the audience. This is the kind of art we need. Cheers to these bold and necessary artists for making work that challenges the times and sets a vision for emancipation in action.

Read the extended curatorial essay by Ebony Noelle Golden here!

Program note: Malcolm-X El-Shabazz Betts performed in Audrey Elaine Hailes's work, What's In Tha Laughin' Barrel, with Jaimé Yawa Dzandu on October 16 as part of Movement Research at Judson Church Artists of Color Council Curation.


Movement Research Performance Journal #50 included a cover artist portfolio that explained the evolution of the AoCC curation on [email protected] each season. The follow notes are collected from that section of this publication:

Prior to 2009, Trajal Harrell curated two artist of color per season. In Fall 2009 this initiative took on the model of rotating curators that the rest of MR’s programs have. Each AoCC Curator selects three artists of color for the season.

2009 Fall: Regina Rocke
2010 Spring: Joyce S. Lim

2010 Fall: Martin Lanz Landázuri
2011 Spring: Isabelle Lumpkin aka Narcissister

2011 Fall: Enrico Wey
2012 Spring: Christal Brown

2012 Fall: niv Acosta
2013 Spring: Saul Ulerio

2013 Fall: Nia Love
2014 Spring: Ryutaro Mishima

2014 Fall: Justin Cabrillos
2015 Spring: Tara Aisha Willis

2015 Fall: Ni’Ja Whitson
2016 Spring: Paloma McGregor

2016 Fall: AoCC including Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Ryutaro Mishima, Alicia Ohs, Lisa Parra, yon Tande (Whitney V. Hunter), Marya Wethers, Ni’Ja Whitson
2017 Spring: AoCC including: Ehizoje Azeke, Stanley Gambucci, Ryutaro Mishima, Alicia Ohs Lisa Parra, Lily Bo Shapiro, J. Soto, Brittany Williams.

2016-2017 Season Note: In Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, the AoCC collectively curated the AoC performers for Monday nights and continues to collectively select an artists-curator for the program as they reevaluate the visibility and structure of this AoC curation, The Fall 2017 AoC Curator (collectively selected by the AoCC) will be Ebony Golden.

When the Artists of Color Coucil (AoCC) was formed in 2016, the rotation AoC curation moved to the council; sometimes curating artists of color directly.


Past Artists

YEAR

Movement Research at the Judson Church - AoCC Curation by Maria Hupfield

Maria Hupfield, Emily Johnson, Rosy Simas
May 23, 2022 7:00pm - 8:00pm

[Virtual] Artists of Color Council Meeting

June 19, 2021 11:00am - 1:00pm

[Virtual] Artists of Color Council Meeting

December 12, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm

[Virtual] November Artists of Color Council Meeting: A Post-Election Gathering

November 15, 2020 12:30pm - 3:00pm

[Virtual] Artists of Color Council Meeting

October 10, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm

[Virtual] Artists of Color Council Meeting

Sep 12, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm

[Virtual] Artists of Color Council Meeting

Aug 8, 2020 12:30pm - 3:00pm

[Virtual] Artists of Color Council Meeting

Jul 11, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm

[Virtual] Artists of Color Council Meeting

Jun 13, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm

[Virtual] Artists of Color Council Meeting

May 9, 2020 12:30pm - 3:00pm

[Virtual] Artists of Color Council Meeting

Apr 11, 2020 12:30pm - 2:30pm

Studies Project: Immigrants for immigrants: taste of home

Christopher Unpezverde Núñez, Lisa Parra, Naomi Elena Ramirez, Raha Behnam, Rina Casero Espiritu, Remi Harris
Oct 15, 2018 6:30pm - 9:00pm
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Artist of Color Council Curation

Each season the AoCC invites a member of the community to curate artists to participate in Movement Research at the Judson Church. Here is a look at the past few season curations.

Nana Chinara was the curator for the Artists of Color Council Movement Research at the Judson Church Fall 2019 season. She curated Joy Norton, Oskar Sinclair, Heaven Anaiah Spencer and Starshaé Mitchell, and Emily Waters and Mercy Viola, who performed October 7.

Curatorial Statement:

A love letter to Black Queer Bodies:

Vibrations of joy are steeped in you
Melanin deep
Bone deep
Ancestries deep

Carried with you just when you think you have forgotten
When the body is met with violence
Erased
Tokenized
Objectified
Hidden
Shamed
Stolen

...Read the full curatorial statement here >>

-- Nana Chinara, Curator Fall 2019 (Movement Research, Artists of Color Council)

Pelenakeke Brown is the curator for the Artists of Color Council Movement Research at the Judson Church Spring 2019 season. She curated Rodney Bell, Caroline Garcia, and Kaina Quenga and Anthony Aiu of Te Ao Mana, performing April 1, April 8, and April 15, respectively.

Curatorial Statement

I have selected Rodney Bell, Caroline Garcia and Kaina Quenga and Anthony Aiu of Te Ao Mana to present work responding to the theme ‘Body Sovereignty.’ Body sovereignty is being in control of how we live in relationship with our body & in control of how our body is in relationship with the world. I have curated queer and disabled bodies as I wanted to honor each different artist and sovereign body along with the inherent indigeneity of each of them.

The use of the word sovereignty is deliberate as it has many legal & historical connotations & is often used in reference to fanua (land) independence. It is fitting then that each of the artists, all from the Pacific will be responding to the theme in relationship to their own personal practice.

Read the full curatorial statement here!

-- Pelenakeke Brown, Curator Spring 2019 (Movement Research, Artists of Color Council)

Arielle Rosales is the curator for the Artists of Color Council Movement Research at the Judson Church fall 2018 season. She curated Kevon Simpson, Ethan "Simba" Grahamand Havanna Fisher performing October 8, November 5 and October 1, respectively.

Curatorial Statement

We are living in a pivotal time in history. With the urgency to change our future, we reflect on the past, only to find ourselves losing track of living in the present. Our world is in dire need of healing love and raw truth. Or is it raw love and healing truth? Either way, I believe the answer is Art. We need it now more than ever.

Duende. One's inner creative spirit. The profound energetic force than inspires our art. As Spanish poet Federico García Lorca describes, "Duende is a force not a labour, a struggle not a thought. I heard an old maestro of the guitar say: 'The duende is not in the throat: the duende surges up, inside, from the soles of the feet.' Meaning, it's not a question of skill, but of a style that's truly alive: meaning, it's in the veins: meaning, it's of the most ancient culture of immediate creation." When we have nothing else, we have duende.

Read the full curatorial statement here!

-- Arielle Rosales, Curator Fall 2018 (Movement Research, Artists of Color Council)

Each season the AoCC invites a member of the community to curate three artists to participate in Movement Research at the Judson Church. The Spring 2018 curator is Chloe C. Chotrani, who has curated Rina Casero Espiritu, Zavé Martohardjono and Jana Lynn (JL) Umipig, performing on February 12, 19 and May 7.

Chloe C. Chotrani is a movement artist and writer based in Singapore. She was a dance scholar with Romancon Dance in Manila and has worked with Legit Status Philippines, B Supreme London, Evidence Dance Community, Movement Research and Gibney Dance in New York. Her creative research is oriented towards her ancestry, the dance ethnography of Southeast Asia, eco-feminism and the decolonisation of people. She holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Asian Art from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London and a BA in Arts Management from De La Salle - Saint Benilde in Manila completed through a Dance Scholarship.

Currently, she is an Artist in Resident with Dance Nucleus tacking the topic of "Post-Colonial Tactics" through dance and dance research. She is also a guest writer for Arts Equator and works in the field of permaculture (permanent agriculture) with Cultivate Central in Singapore, bridging creativity and ecology. She lives a soft approach through embodied research as the cyclical driving force of her collaborations and creations. Find her on her website.

Curatorial Statement || Softness

These bodies draw from a post-colonial present that radiates the soft, fluid and the erotic as our creative power force. Embodied living is radically called for as we continue to dance within the global crisis. Diaspora discourse of the matriarch with Rina Casero Espiritu, Jana Lynn (JL) Umipig along with the queer vista of Zavé Martohardjono.

The Fall 2017 / Winter 2018 curator is Ebony Noelle Golden, who has curated Audrey Elaine Hailes, Jaime Yawa Dzandu, Courtney J. cook performing on October 16, 30, and November 13.

Curatorial Statement || Experiments in Creative Emancipation

Audrey Elaine Hailes, Jaimé Yawa Dzandu, and Courtney J. Cook make work that is challenging, thick, messy, purposeful, durational, muscular, textured, and requires full-bodied participation from the audience. This is the kind of art we need. Cheers to these bold and necessary artists for making work that challenges the times and sets a vision for emancipation in action.

Read the extended curatorial essay by Ebony Noelle Golden here!

Program note: Malcolm-X El-Shabazz Betts performed in Audrey Elaine Hailes's work, What's In Tha Laughin' Barrel, with Jaimé Yawa Dzandu on October 16 as part of Movement Research at Judson Church Artists of Color Council Curation.

Movement Research Performance Journal #50 included a cover artist portfolio that explained the evolution of the AoCC curation on [email protected] each season. The follow notes are collected from that section of this publication:

Prior to 2009, Trajal Harrell curated two artist of color per season. In Fall 2009 this initiative took on the model of rotating curators that the rest of MR’s programs have. Each AoCC Curator selects three artists of color for the season.

2009 Fall: Regina Rocke
2010 Spring: Joyce S. Lim

2010 Fall: Martin Lanz Landázuri
2011 Spring: Isabelle Lumpkin aka Narcissister

2011 Fall: Enrico Wey
2012 Spring: Christal Brown

2012 Fall: niv Acosta
2013 Spring: Saul Ulerio

2013 Fall: Nia Love
2014 Spring: Ryutaro Mishima

2014 Fall: Justin Cabrillos
2015 Spring: Tara Aisha Willis

2015 Fall: Ni’Ja Whitson
2016 Spring: Paloma McGregor

2016 Fall: AoCC including Jaamil Olawale Kosoko, Ryutaro Mishima, Alicia Ohs, Lisa Parra, yon Tande (Whitney V. Hunter), Marya Wethers, Ni’Ja Whitson
2017 Spring: AoCC including: Ehizoje Azeke, Stanley Gambucci, Ryutaro Mishima, Alicia Ohs Lisa Parra, Lily Bo Shapiro, J. Soto, Brittany Williams.

2016-2017 Season Note: In Fall 2016 and Spring 2017, the AoCC collectively curated the AoC performers for Monday nights and continues to collectively select an artists-curator for the program as they reevaluate the visibility and structure of this AoC curation, The Fall 2017 AoC Curator (collectively selected by the AoCC) will be Ebony Golden.

When the Artists of Color Coucil (AoCC) was formed in 2016, the rotation AoC curation moved to the council; sometimes curating artists of color directly.

Past Artists of Color Council Curators and Curated Artists