NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTÉVEZ exhibition “PERFORMING THE BRONX” at Casita Maria

unnamed (9)OCTOBER 7, 2015 – JANUARY 7, 2016

Casita Maria is proud to present Bronx artist NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTÉVEZ’s solo exhibition “PERFORMING THE BRONX and other home-based actions,” curated by Christine Licata. Representing a survey that spans the last 10 years of his interdisciplinary work, the show includes ephemera, video and photographs from his in-progress and past projects. Estévez’s practice relies on performance as both a methodology and analytical tool to investigate, challenge and in some cases, preserve and celebrate, the socio-political practices of everyday experiences. He explores the common roles and rituals that shape our identities as both individuals and as part of the collective scenarios that define culture and society.

Throughout Estévez’s work, he embodies the theatricality inherent in human behavior. Within sociology and humanities studies, this dramaturgy of life is referred to as the “performative turn.” Meaning that we “perform” our daily activities and routines in society, whether social, political, economic or spiritual. We define who we are and where we belong through the enactment of learned conventions. For the artist, it is within this performative space that art and life are inherently intertwined.

The main title of the exhibition, “PERFORMING THE BRONX” comes from his recent, on-going project, supported by an Arts Fund Grant from The Bronx Council on the Arts, of the same name. For this body of work, Estévez is collaborating with Bronx-based community leaders and visionaries whose life-long dedication to the borough have shaped its history and culture. The first of which will be Arthur Avilés, the award-winning dancer, choreographer, Co-Founder and Director of The Bronx Academy of Arts and Dance (BAAD!) and artist advocate for LGBTQ rights. Together they will create a performative action in Hunts Point that will focus on positive interactions between men. As the project develops, video and photographic documentation of Avilés and Estévez’s interactions, as well as Estévez’s work with other Bronxites that are part of the project, will be presented throughout the duration of the exhibition.

For more information, visit casitamaria.org

EXHIBITION DATES
October 7, 2015 – January 7, 2016

ARTIST RECEPTION
Wed., October 7, 2015, 6 – 8 PM

WORKSHOP WITH ARTHUR AVILÉS:
Young Men Being Kind to Each Other
[Part of Performing The Bronx]

Wed., November 18, 2015 , 4 – 6 PM

Becoming Puerto Rican:
NICOLÁS DUMIT ESTÉVEZ
in conversation with PAPO COLO

Wed., December 2, 2015, 6 – 8 PM

ALL EVENTS ARE FREE

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