Dunkerley Dialogue and Performance

Two Black women sit and smile while in conversation, Teisha Duncan on the left and Lauren Kelley on the right.
Dunkerley Dialogue with Lauren Kelley and Teisha Duncan, Tang Teaching Museum, February 16, 2023, photo by Shawn LaChapelle

Join us Thursday, February 16, at 6 pm, for a celebration of Lauren Kelley: Location Scouting, on view on the Tang mezzanine. First, artist Lauren Kelley will be in dialogue with Skidmore Theater Artist-in-Residence Teisha Duncan as part of our Dunkerley Dialogue series. Then, artist Autumn Knight, whose work is featured in Lauren Kelley: Location Scouting will perform Nothing #12: tangy, a performance wherein the artist delivers a collaged text. The moment utilizes sound, objects, architecture to build a world around tangentially connected subject matter.

Dunkerley Dialogues pair Skidmore professors with artists in a conversation format, which is often a catalyst for new connections and understandings across disciplines, and can spark new ideas for all participants. Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ’80.

This event is free and open to the public.

About the Speakers

Lauren Kelley was born in Baltimore, Maryland, in 1975 and lives and works in Harlem, New York. She has a BFA from the Maryland Institute College of Art and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown at the Studio Museum in Harlem; The Kitchen, New York; The New Museum; and the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston; among others. She is the recipient of a Creative Capital Award and a Louis Comfort Tiffany Award, and in 2020 her work was supported by a grant from the Joseph Robert Foundation. From 2017 to 2020 she served as Director and Chief Curator of the Sugar Hill Children’s Museum of Art and Storytelling in New York.

Teisha Duncan is an international actress, educator, and director from Xaymaca (Jamaica). Her sphere of interest and continual study includes storytelling, mask work and puppetry in rituals and performance, Caribbean theater, theater of Black Africa, pre-colonial African performance and post-colonial drama, and mythology in theater and Ancient Egypt. At Skidmore she is an Artist in Residence (Acting) in the Theater Department. As a performative scholar, much of her research is reflected in her creative writing (poems and children’s stories), theater making (directing/movement choreography), and pedagogical techniques in actor training. With Skidmore Theater she has worked as an intimacy coordinator for Mainstage and Black Box shows as well as a puppet choreographer/movement director. This spring she will direct Skidmore Theater’s Mainstage production: After Jane, by Rachel LuAnn Strayer.

Autumn Knight is a New York-based interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, video and text. Knight’s video and performance work has been presented by various institutions including the Whitney Museum of American Art and The Kitchen (NY). Knight is the recipient of the 2021-2022 Nancy B. Negley Rome Prize in Visual Arts and a 2022-2023 Guggenheim Fellowship.

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