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Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal with Ryan N. Dennis and Amy Powell

  • Project Row Houses 2521 Holman Street Houston, TX 77004 (map)
Autumn Knight,  Experimental Freezing of a Room through Metaphorical Means , performance at University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center, 2017. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly. Courtesy Krannert Art Museum.

Autumn Knight, Experimental Freezing of a Room through Metaphorical Means, performance at University of Illinois Activities and Recreation Center, 2017. Photo by Julia Nucci Kelly. Courtesy Krannert Art Museum.

Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal with Ryan N. Dennis and Amy Powell

Tuesday, April 16, 2019
7:00 p.m.

Project Row Houses
2521 Holman Street
Houston, TX 77004

We are thrilled to welcome Amy Powell and Autumn Knight back to Houston to present AUTUMN KNIGHT: IN REHEARSAL.

Drawing from her training in theatre and the psychology of group dynamics, New York–based artist Autumn Knight makes performances that reshape perceptions of race, gender, and authority. She scrutinizes institutional spaces that regulate African American subjects or that assert their absence, often putting black women at the center of the conversation to usurp the dynamics of a room with humor and with purpose.

Autumn Knight: In Rehearsal is the first comprehensive publication on the artist. It includes essays from performance studies scholars Jennifer Doyle and Sandra Ruiz, and curators Amy L. Powell and Ryan N. Dennis. A conversation between the artist and renowned choreographer Cynthia Oliver offers a frank discussion of their support networks while also showing the influence of contemporary dance in Knight’s practice. The book reproduces Knight’s original performance scores and research notes to present a physical document of her work with a beautiful balance of images and text. The book both documents Autumn Knight’s exhibition at Krannert Art Museum in Spring 2017 and establishes a set of critical frameworks through which to consider Knight’s work and all of the issues it addresses: race, gender, authority and their play in institutions presenting performance.

Contributors include:

  • Ryan N. Dennis, curator and programs director at Project Row Houses in Houston

  • Jennifer Doyle, professor of English at the University of California, Riverside and author of the books Campus Sex, Campus Security; Hold It Against Me: Difficulty and Emotion in Contemporary Art; and Sex Objects: Art and the Dialectics of Desire

  • Autumn Knight, New York-based interdisciplinary artist working with performance, installation, and text

  • Cynthia Oliver, award-winning choreographer and dance artist

  • Amy L. Powell, curator of modern and contemporary art at Krannert Art Museum, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • Sandra Ruiz, assistant professor of Latina/Latino Studies and English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and author of the book Ricanness: Performances of the Unwanted

Copies of AUTUMN KNIGHT will be available for purchase at the event. If you plan on picking up a copy, please reserve yours below. We will have it available for pickup at Project Row Houses on the evening of the event.

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