Ecstatic Resistance

Ecstatic Resistance

Grand Arts

Jeanine Oleson, The Greater New York Smudge Cleanse, a series of public performances during Fall 2008. Shown: Federal Hall Event November 3, 2008. Photo credit: Khaela Maricich.

December 12, 2009

Ecstatic Resistance
November 13, 2009 – January 16, 2010

1819 Grand Boulevard
Kansas City, MO 64108

A Project And Group Show Curated By Emily Roysdon Featuring:

Yael Bartana, Sharon Hayes, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, My Barbarian, Jeanine Oleson, Ulrike Ottinger, Adrian Piper, Dean Spade & Craig Willse, A.L. Steiner and Ian White

Ecstatic Resistance fundamentally alters the image and process of the political by developing strategies that bypass and subvert entrenched theoretical constructions that set the limits of the intelligible.
-Emily Roysdon, Ecstatic Resistance essay

Grand Arts is pleased to present “Ecstatic Resistance” a project and group show curated by Emily Roysdon (New York and Stockholm) on view in our galleries November 13, 2009 – January 16, 2010. The exhibition and correspondent events of Ecstatic Resistance include several commissioned works by Sharon Hayes (New York), My Barbarian (Los Angeles), Jeanine Oleson (New York), A.L. Steiner (New York), and will host performances and symposia by Matthew Lutz-Kinoy (New York & Berlin), Dean Spade (Seattle) and Craig Willse (New York) and Ian White (London). Also included in the exhibition are works by Yael Bartana (Tel Aviv and Amsterdam), Ulrike Ottinger (Berlin) and Adrian Piper (Berlin).

Opening Weekend Ecstatic Resistance Events at Grand Arts included:

BACKSANDED, a performance by Matthew Lutz-Kinoy; Democracy, a performance by Ian White; Free State Epitaph, a presentation by Dean Spade and Craig Willse; and Broke People’s Baroque Peoples’ Theater by My Barbarian and local participants co-presented by the Charlotte Street Foundation’s Urban Culture Project.

Ecstatic Resistance at X Initiative in New York:

In addition to the exhibition at Grand Arts, Roysdon has organized a sister show of the same title at X Initiative in New York showing from November 21, 2009 – February 6, 2010, featuring work by: Rosa Barba, Yael Bartana, Juan Davila, Sharon Hayes, Xylor Jane, My Barbarian in collaboration with Liudni Slibinai, Ulrike Muller, Jeanine Oleson, A.L. Steiner, Joyce Wieland. Performances by: Leah Gilliam, Sharon Hayes, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, Jeanine Oleson and Julianna Snapper, Dean Spade and Craig Willse, Wu Ingrid Tsang, Zackary Drucker and Mariana Marroquin, Ian White.

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Grand Arts and Emily Roysdon would like to thank the following institutions for their generous assistance with the exhibition: The Davis Museum of Art and Cultural Center at Wellesley College (Wellesley, MA), The Adrian Piper Research Archives (Berlin), Ulrike Ottinger Filmproduktion (Berlin) and Annet Gelink Gallery (Amsterdam).

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