Forthcoming Events Program for “The Intersectional Self” at The 8th Floor

Kalup Linzy, A Lullaby A Job and An Ass To Hope For, Performance, VASD, RMCAD, October 27, 2015

In conjunction with the exhibition The Intersectional Self, the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation is pleased to announce a series of artist conversations and performances, led by the Foundation’s Executive and Artistic Director Sara Reisman. All events are free, open to the public and located at The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC, where the exhibition is on view through May 19, 2017. The Intersectional Self focuses on gender and feminist politics in the age of trans-identity and examines how feminism in its many forms has changed the world as we know it. In this exhibition, ten conceptual artists – Janine Antoni, Andrea Bowers, Patty Chang, Abigail DeVille, Ana Mendieta, Catherine Opie, Adrian Piper, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Cindy Sherman, and Martha Wilson – explore gender along a spectrum of possibilities ranging from performance to embodiment, drag to parody, and trans to pandrogyne, while questioning notions of femininity (and alternately, masculinity) and traditional family structures.


Thursday, March 23, 6-8pm RSVP:

Conversation: Genesis P-Orridge, Lia Gangitano and Kris Grey

Artist and trans-activist Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, featured in The Intersectional Self, will participate in a conversation with Lia Gangitano, founder of Participant Inc., a non-profit alternative space aimed to foster artistic experimentation, and Kris Grey, a gender-queer artist whose work employs strategies of activism, community building and education.

Wednesday, March 29, 6-8pm RSVP:

Consent/Dissent: A Talk by Aliza Shvarts and Emma Sulkowicz

Artists Aliza Shvarts and Emma Sulkowicz will present “Consent/Dissent,” a talk about permission and the preservation of agency in the context of feminist discourse, as well as historical positions of power and disempowerment. The roundtable discussion will explore the relationship between the political traditions of consent and its opposite, dissent, which marks the capacity to resist and refuse, asking: How might consent and dissent inform a feminist capacity to act? This event will refer to readings that will be made available by the presenters beforehand.

Monday, April 3, 6-8pm RSVP:

Free Cece Screening and Conversation with CeCe McDonald

LGBTQ activist Cece McDonald, who appears in conversation with Patrisse Cullors and Jennicet Gutierrez in Andrea Bowers’ Roundtable Discussion (2016) on view in The Intersectional Self, will speak in conjunction with a presentation related to the film Free CeCe. This movie, produced by Laverne Cox and Jacqueline Gares, focuses on McDonald’s survival of a racist and transphobic attack and subsequent prison sentence in an all-male prison.

Thursday, April 20, 6-8pm RSVP:

Kameelah Janan Rasheed: Reading Group

Following on from her December 2015 performative lecture A More Convenient Season at The 8th Floor, Kameelah Janan Rasheed is launching a reading group based on texts that inform and inspire her own artistic practice. Rasheed, in addition to being a visual and performance artist, is also a former public school social studies teacher. Readings will be made available in advance of the event.

Wednesday, April 26, 6-9pm RSVP:

Martha Wilson: Activist History Teach-in

Performance artist Martha Wilson, founder of Franklin Furnace, will lead a “teach-in” with a selection of activist artists from the 1960’s to the present, looking at the history of performance art as protest to consider which methods and strategies remain effective in today’s political climate. Wilson, known for her political drag performances as first ladies Barbara Bush and Nancy Reagan, will perform her recent work “Martha Does Donald,” in which she impersonates Donald Trump. In addition, the event will include presentations by artists Ann Agee, Todd Ayoung (REPOhistory), Alicia Grullón (Percent for Green), Katherine Perk, Lise Solskolne (W.A.G.E.), and Barbara Zucker (A.I.R. Gallery), among others.

Thursday, May 4, 7- 9pm. RSVP:

Performance by Kalup Linzy

Using soap opera as a backdrop, artist Kalup Linzy explores cultural stereotypes based on sexuality, race and gender in his video and performance works. He pushes the boundaries of gender and identity through parody and drag personae, manipulating pre-recorded voices through video editing to play with different dialects that inform our perception of status. On May 4, Linzy will perform a selection of songs at The 8th Floor.

All programs take place at The 8th Floor, 17 West 17th Street, NYC


About The 8th Floor

The 8th Floor is an exhibition and events space established in 2010 by Shelley and Donald Rubin, dedicated to promoting cultural and philanthropic initiatives, and to expanding artistic and cultural accessibility in New York City. The 8th Floor is located at 17 West 17th Street and is free and open to the public. Schools groups are encouraged. Viewing hours are Tuesday through Friday, 11am to 6pm and Saturday by appointment.


About The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation

The Foundation believes in art as a cornerstone of cohesive, resilient communities and greater participation in civic life. In its mission to make art available to the broader public, in particular to underserved communities, the Foundation provides direct support to, and facilitates partnerships between, cultural organizations and advocates of social justice across the public and private sectors. Through grantmaking, the Foundation supports cross-disciplinary work connecting art with social justice via experimental collaborations, as well as extending cultural resources to organizations and areas of New York City in need.


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For further information, members of the media may contact:

George Bolster

The Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation