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How To Order A Chocolate Cake, Performance*
BRIC | 647 Fulton Street, Brooklyn
Wednesday, July 6th 7 to 9pm

Performances by exhibition artist David Antonio Cruz, and artists Jaamil Olawale Kosoko and David Thomson that explore contradictions in identity, freedom, and materiality of the black/brown body.


The experimental and interactive, bilingual performance is 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 Daniel de Jesus. The performance is a commentary on the visibility of the queer brown body in society.


Look Up Here, I'm In Heaven
Curated by Elizabeth Ferrer, Vice President, Contemporary Art,
and Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator

On View: June 30 - August 14, 2016

Look up here, I’m in heaven is a group exhibition of unconventional portraits featuring paintings, works on paper, and mixed-media work by David Antonio Cruz, Yashua Klos, Tschabalala Self, and Yoon Ji Seon. Genres are cut up and new materials enter the conversation, unraveling the traditional understanding of portraiture as a singular representation of an individual. By countering old narratives which had long framed the representation of persons of color—of privilege and exclusion, vulnerability and typecasting—the four artists foreground their diverse perspectives and question how identity unfolds.

While cultural and political realities are central elements of the work on view, the artists in Look up here, I’m in heaven create imagery that aims to transcend the here and now to establish a more transcendent sense of self. Although the artists shed physical, temporal markers of identity in their works, they never fully escape the world at hand. In exploring issues of race and representation, the figures portrayed by David Antonio Cruz, Yashua Klos, Tschabalala Self, and Yoon Ji Seon, also seem to be bound up in gazing upon, or imagining a different reality. They aim for a form of transcendence—not quite heaven, but a place where the self can exist on its own terms.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of performance art, music, and dance programs will take place in the gallery.


First Look: ‘Portraiture Now’ at the National Portrait Gallery, Washington | Taína Caragol
Apollo Magazine | London

Alwaysagoodtime | Sasha Dees
Arc Magazine | New York

TAKEABITE | Lee Ann Norman
BOMB Magazine | New York

Hola, Art Lover | Lauren Monsen
Journal USA | Washington DC

40 UNDER 40| PrattFolio
The Magazine of Pratt Institute | Brooklyn

STUDIO Magazine | Spring Issue
Studio Museum in Harlem | New York City

David Antonio Cruz is a multidisciplinary New York-based artist. Cruz fuses video, costume construction, performance and painting to explore and redefine queerness, diasporic, psychological and ever shifting unnamed spaces. Cruz received his MFA from Yale University and his BFA from Pratt Institute. He attended Skowhegan School for Painting and Sculpture and the AIM program at the Bronx Museum. He is a recipient of a 2013 Franklin Furnace Fund and the Urban Artist Initiative Award in 2011. His work has been exhibited at El Museo del Barrio, Bronx Museum, Jersey City Museum, Museo de Puerto Rico and various galleries. Most recently at Lehmann Maupin, the Islip Museum of Art, and Performa 13. His films have been shown at the Big Screen Project, the Anthology Film Archives, Arte Americas, El Museum Del Barrio and various installations in Philadelphia, Chapel Hill and Miami. This summer his work will be part of the Portrait Now exhibition at The National Portrait Gallery. The artist works and lives in Brooklyn, NY.

And she shows you where to look. Among the garbage and the flowers.
There are heroes in the seaweed. There are children in the morning.
They are leaning out for love. And they will lean that way forever.

- L. Cohen