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EXHIBIT: EXHUME SOFTNESS, Curated by yves b. Golden

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The Avenue Blackbox Theatre

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Rochester, NY 14621

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EXHUME SOFTNESS in honor of Women's History Month. An exhibition exploring feminine mythology, mystic and magic curated by Yves B. Golden.

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EXHUME SOFTNESS

MARCH 6 - 28

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Exhume Softness

Decanting softness
Unearthing softness
Releasing softness
Identifying softness
Locating softness
Embodying softness
Exuding softness

EXHUMING SOFTNESS

HOW DO WE RADICALIZE SOFTNESS WITHOUT FIRST UNEARTHING/EXHUMING SOFTNESS?

The artists featured in this exhibition embody a myriad of feminine practices and histories. The materiality of the works and the discourse that pervades this collection reflect a host of femininities/womanhoods.

We invite all friends, family, fellow artists, and patrons to join the excavation. There will be space provided to leave your mark and respond to the work. Stay tuned for part two to include a poetic response (let us know if you are interested in participating).

About the Curator/Artists:

CURATOR - Yves B Golden (they/them) is a multidisciplinary artist, writer, DJ. They are inspired by the sacred bond that exists between memory and physical objects. Yves is in The Avenue's Curator in Residence for March.

Their collaborative and solo works have been featured in Serpentine Gallery Pavilion, ICA London, NADA Miami 2019, Yaby Madrid, Springsteen Gallery Baltimore, Caleb Bingham Gallery at University of Missouri and Raw Material Company Senegal.

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Keijaun Thomas (she/her) creates live performance and multimedia installations that oscillate between movement and materials that function as tools, objects and structures, as well as a visual language that can be read, observed, and repeated within spatial, temporal, and sensorial environments. Her work investigates the histories, symbols, and images that construct notions of Black identity within black personhood. Thomas examines, deconstructs, and reconstructs notions of visibility, hyper-visibility, passing, trespassing, eroticized, and marginalized representations of the black body in relation to disposable labor, domestic service, and notions of thingness amongst materials addressing blackness outside of a codependent, binary structure of existence.

Thomas earned their Masters degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Thomas has shown work nationally and internationally in Los Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Chicago, IL; Boston, MA; New York, NY; Miami, FL; and Taipei, Taiwan; Paris, France; Mexico City, Mexico; Santiago, Chile; and the United Kingdom. Thomas was an artist-in-residence at PICA as part of the Creative Exchange Lab program in Fall 2015.

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Tau Lewis' (she/her) self-taught practice is rooted in healing personal, collective and historical traumas through labour. She employs methods of construction such as hand sewing, carving and assemblage to build portraits. She considers spaces of erasure, what they might hold, and how we can re-access these spaces as generative information centres through storytelling and imagination. Her work is bodily and organic, with an explicit strangeness. The materiality of Lewis’ work is often informed by her surrounding environment; she constructs out of found objects and recycled materials. She connects these acts of repurposing, collecting and archiving with diasporic experience. Her portraits are recuperative gestures that explore agency, memory and recovery.

(b. 1993) Recent and forthcoming solo exhibitions include: Frieze New York, Atlanta Contemporary, Jeffrey Stark, NY, Shoot the Lobster, NY, Night Gallery, LA, The Hepworth Wakefield, UK, Oakville Galleries, Toronto, Art Basel Miami, COOPER COLE, Toronto. Recent and forthcoming group exhibitions include: MoMa PS1, New York, Chapter Gallery, New York, COOPER COLE, Toronto, Night Gallery, Los Angeles, New Museum, New York Hammer Museum, LA.

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Candice Saint Williams (she/her) is a multimedia artist based in New York City. Her process is an explorative discourse directed toward identity alongside everyday objects as foundation. The mundane object is dismantled from its normal function and applied in her works, challenging seemingly concrete realities.

Notable for its layered manifestations, her work utilizes sculpture, fiber and sound in an experimental intermix evoking a spirit of multiplicity. This bears witness to the intricate quality of her sculptures in which a laborious process becomes an act of meditation; stream-of-consciousness is portrayed as a physical body with musical project Tooba Greer Williams.

Her most recent work was shown at Women’s History Museum Biennale: Poupées Gonflabes, Springsteen, Baltimore, MD; in collaboration with CFDA Fashion Fund Finalist LUAR, she fabricated sculptural footwear for the Spring/Summer 2019 collection; in Jargon Off The Double at Mother Culture, Los Angeles, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and as a member of HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? collective in Good Stock on the Dimension Floor: An Opera, 2014 at the Whitney Biennial and No Humans Involved, 2015 at Witte de With: Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

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Tyler Jones (she/her) is a photo-based artist from Wilmington, DE. Her work examines themes of black culture, community, sexuality, flawed aesthetics, and social practices. The subject matter executes a sense of rawness and confrontation while celebrating the idea of normalizing individuality and diversity. Jones received her BFA in 2018 from Parsons the New School and currently lives and works in Brooklyn, NY.

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Sean-Kierre Lyons (they/them), b. 1991, Salinas, Ca, works primarily in sculpture and installation, which are derivatives of black folk lore and personal experiences. They live and work in Brooklyn.

Their recent exhibitions include Larrie Gallery NYC, New Art Dealers Alliance 2019 and Springsteen Gallery.

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Alima Lee (she/her) is a transdisciplinary artist from New York and is currently based in LA. Her work explores themes of identity and intersectionality. Currently a Frieze LA x Ghetto Film School Fellow and Co-Host of a monthly show, "Rave Reparations" on NTS. Her film work has been presented at the Tate Modern, MOCA, Art + Practice, Smithsonian African American Museum, Gavin Brown's Enterprise, and ICA Boston to name several of many US locales.

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Exhume Softness will remain open through March 28th. Closing reception and presentation will feature a Beyond the 4th Wall discussion and engagement with the artists (6-8pm).

FREE ADMISSION (for individuals) Donations always welcome. Group tours are encouraged and can be arranged by email: info@avenuetheatre.org for details.

RSVP here: avenueblackbox.eventbrite.com.

Cheers,

-Avenue Dream Team

#blackAF #fortheculture #sayhername #blacklivesmatter #blacktranslivesmatter #blackartmatters #wepresson

This exhibit is a part of The Avenue Blackbox Theatre COL|LAB, Beyond the 4th Wall and is a funded in part by NYSCA-A.R.T./New York Creative Opportunity Fund (A Statewide Theatre Regrant Program). Black AF Fridays @ The Avenue is funded in part by The Decentralization Regrant Program, made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with support from Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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