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ENCORE David Antonio Cruz Performance: greenhowiwantyougreen

By popular demand, we are very excited to host an encore performance of David Antonio Cruz's live performance of 'greenhowiwantyougreen', presented with a full cast.

"greenhowiwantyougreen" is an experiential, bilingual performance based on the last eleven poems, Sonnets of Dark Love, by the Spanish poet Garcia Lorca. The poems were banned for 50 years after his assassination in 1936. The music arrangement is composed and arranged by collaborating artist Daniel de Jesus.

Participating artists include: Elia Alba, Daniel de Jesus, Diego Carvajal, Jennifer Jade Ledesna, and Lisa Rosetta Strum. The performance will begin promptly at 7:30 and follow with a cocktail reception. 

About the Exhibition: 
David Antonio Cruz "For I am - or I was, thereturnofthedirtyboys"
Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - Friday, May 13, 2016

For I am- or I was, thereturnofthedirtyboys explores the timeless and timely intersections of queer identity, the male-to-male gaze, and navigation of space as a genderfluid person of color. All of the work in the exhibition was created during Cruz’s residency at Project For Empty Space, and ranges from large-scale paintings to mixed media collage, video, and sculptural installation.

Drawing influence from Gilles Deleuze’s ‘Corps sans organes’ (The Body Without Organs) and the later works of Federico Garcia Lorca’s poetry, Cruz explores the nuances of gender queerness, race, and public and private space. Part of Deleuze’s Corps Sans Organes, explores the physical, emotional, and metaphorical disjunction between the body, society, and structures, ideas which Cruz has recontextualized in his work. Cruz infers similar concepts from Garcia Lorca’s work, which was concerned with voyeurism of the body, and constructing binary identities that exist behind the closet door and within the public space.

Cruz examines these important concepts through dramatic tonal shifts that range from pastel to darkened shades of grey that render sinewy and supple male forms with exposed flaccid phalluses. Each composition commands the viewer to engage with the figures in a manner that is inescapably voyeuristic and titillating; the paintings complicate the heteronormative perception of male identity. The positioning of the subjects directly references Balthus’s paintings of young women and girls, only replacing the figures with adult men. In this vein, Cruz manages to both androgenize his subjects and simultaneously hyper sensualize them in a further commentary on gender identity.

David Antonio Cruz received his MFA in Painting from Yale University in 2009, and his BFA from Pratt University in 1998. His works have been exhibited widely in institutions such as the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery, El Museo del Barrio, The Bronx Museum, and PERFORMA among many others. Most recently, his work was acquired by El Museo del Barrio, and is currently on view in Figure and Form: Recent Acquisitions to the Permanent Collection at El Museo del Barrio.

Earlier Event: May 7