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Re: purpose

MoCADA Curatorial Fellows
Amanda Reid & Ali Rosa-Salas

FiveMyles Gallery
April 12 to May 4, 2014

Re: purpose features the work of Pamela Council, Sara Jimenez, Sondra Perry and Patrice Renee Washington, four New York-based women artists who transform common domestic and cosmetic objects in order to expand the possibilities of self-representation. These artists redefine an object’s form and function to reveal its hidden histories and how our identities inform our perception.

Through work that is referential, critical and humorous, the artists negotiate their identities in relation to consumerism, popular culture, and the daily experience of inhabiting a gendered and racialized body. By choosing materials of personal significance, they claim a variety of cultural legacies and champion the legitimacy of subjective interpretation. Their work troubles aesthetic hierarchies and generates a critical dialogue around the lived realities of women of color in the contemporary art world.

Re: purpose will be presented as a MoCADA satellite exhibition and performance series at FiveMyles in Crown Heights.

OPENING RECEPTION
Saturday, April 12 | 6:00-9:00PM
FiveMyles | 558 St Johns Pl

Celebrate the opening of Re: purpose with a live performance piece by featured artist Sondra Perry. Sounds by Wave Grease. Refreshments provided by Red Bull, Piece of Velvet and local Brooklyn businesses.

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ARTIST PERFORMANCE
Sunday, April 13 | 11:00AM-6:30PM
FiveMyles | 558 St Johns Pl

Pamela Council and Sara Jimenez perform never-before-seen works that connect their performance practices with their bodies of work in the gallery. These events are free and open to the public.

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ARTIST TALK
Wednesday, April 16 | 7:00-8:30PM
FiveMyles | 558 St Johns Pl

Join the curators and artists of Re: purpose for a conversation about the exhibition. Please

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ARTIST PERFORMANCE
Pamela Council: 11:00AM-4:00PM
Location: North Side of Eastern Parkway and Classon Avenue

Sara Jimenez: 5:30-6:30PM
Location: FiveMyles | 558 St Johns Pl

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DISCUSSION WITH MISTY COPELAND, ASHLEY MURPHY, AND EBONY WILLIAMS
Thursday, May 1 | 8:00-9:30PM MoCADA | 80 Hanson Pl

Join us for a discussion with American Ballet Theatre soloist Misty Copeland, Dance Theatre of Harlem's Ashley Murphy and Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet's Ebony Williams. Moderated by MSNBC's Joy Reid.

This event was organized in collaboration with Touchstone Publishing and Dance Media/Pointe Magazine.

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DANCING WHILE BLACK + RE: PURPOSE
Saturday, May 3 | 5:00-7:00PM FiveMyles | 558 St Johns Pl

In partnership with the artist-driven initiative Dancing While Black, movement-based artists Rashida Bumbray, Ebony Noelle Golden, Paloma McGregor, Sydnie Mosley, and Gesiye Souza-Okpofabri will perform solos in response to pieces in Re: purpose.

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Photo Credit: Patrice Renee Washington