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Green, howiwantyougreen: Performace by David Antonio Cruz

April 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm

Green, howiwantyougreen is based on the last eleven poems, Sonnets of Dark Love, by the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca. The poems are fused with personal narratives and text from Lillian Hellman’s The Children Hours and Oscar Wilde by Leslie and Sewell Stokes, both written around the time of Lorca’s assassination. The multilingual performance clashes high art against queer slang, playing with language, music and double entendres particular to Latino and Black underground gay culture. The music is composed by Daniel de Jesus based on the last poems.

Green was developed during David Antonio Cruz’s residency at Project For Empty Space and LMCC. Green has been performed at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Garden, The Whim Estate Plantation in St Croix, The Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico in San Juan, Leslie Lohman Museum, and Gateway Projects. The performance is altered for each location to address the history of the building and/or neighborhood.

Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Courtyard at Hahnes Building (entrance through Express Newark 2nd floor) 54 Halsey Street, Newark NJ 07102

This performance is presented in conjunction with the exhibition “Mirror Mirror.”

Image courtesy of Alaina Simone and Quiana Adams

Artist Bio:

David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary, New York-based artist. Cruz fuses painting, video, and performance to explore the invisibility and silencing of brown and black queer bodies throughout history and within our communities. Cruz received his MFA from Yale University and his BFA in Painting from Pratt Institute. He attended Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture, the AIM program at the Bronx Museum in 2006 and most recently completed a yearlong residency at LMCC Workspace Residency Program. He is a recipient of a 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund Award and the Urban Artist Initiative Award in 2011. His paintings have been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, The National Portrait Gallery, Bronx Museum, Jersey City Museum, Museo de Puerto Rico and various galleries and institutions. His films have been shown at the Big Screen Project, the Anthology Film Archives, Arte Americas, and various installations in Philadelphia, Chapel Hill, Los Angeles, and Miami. Recently he produced and performed How to Order A Chocolate Cake at BRIC and on The High Line Park and The Lorca Project Performance: Green,howIwantyougreen at Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens and Gateway Projects. The performance is a follow up to The Opera, commissioned by El Museo Del Barrio and presented during Performa 13. His body of work has been reviewed in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Journal USA, Studio Magazine, Arc Magazine, Time Out New York, Bomb Magazine, and El Centro Journal.

Currently he is a resident artist at the Gateway Project Spaces. The artist lives and works in New York City.


April 11
2:30 pm - 4:00 pm


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