Introduced by Salette Gressett
July 24 – August 8, 2013
The task set is to use the Window at 125 as a condensed studio, to create one piece of work from beginning to end. The intention is to reveal the artist at work, to allow our audience on the sidewalk to watch the creative process, something that is rarely accessible to the public.
In keeping with The Introducing Series’ recurrent objective of formally introducing artists, Salette Gressett, Arts Manager for The British Council in New York, was asked to select an artist that she would like to champion; She chose the Danielle Abrams.
Danielle Abrams will utilize that Window at 125 as a writer’s residency. Central to Abrams’ performances is a writing process that emerges from her observations and contact with people and neighborhoods. The characters she invents and performs emerge from particular NY vicinities: Flushing, Flatbush, Coney Island, Harlem. In ‘Word Watch’, Midtown East, its daily rhythms, and those who return to work here every day, will become the subject of Abrams’ writing
In turn, pedestrians will witness her process of generating language, editing, and deleting from a screen in the window that is directly connected to Abrams’ computer. The screen of her computer will also be live streamed and viewable daily on http://rogersmithlife.com/art/introducing-danielle-abrams
Danielle Abrams writes performances and embodies characters that are based upon members of her multiracial and cross-cultural family. Dew Drop Lady is a personification of her 2nd generation Jewish grandmother from Brooklyn. Janie Bell is a portrait of her late black grandmother from Virginia. Uncle Bob is a character that is based upon her Jewish grandfather who was a tummler at a Catskills’ “Borscht Belt” resort. As Uncle Bob, Abrams totes pockets of coins, candy, and TUMS. S/he tells jokes, leads Conga Lines through public spaces, and hosts variety shows that feature “eclectic groups of extraordinary everybodys.” In March 2008, Abrams staged the The Uncle Bob Variety Show at The Jewish Museum in NYC, a reinterpretation of David Susskind’s episode: How to be a Jewish Son.
Salette Gressett is the Arts Manager for the British Council in the US, since May 2012. She has transatlantic experience in contemporary performance, Live Art, interdisciplinary and socially-engaged practices in the US, UK and EU.
A blog of writings from the residency will be published daily on http://rogersmithlife.com.
‘Word Watch’ will close on August 8th with a reading of work that is made during Abrams’ residency. This event will also be live streamed.
Window at 125 Studio Times:
Danielle will be working in the window 11am-3pm, July 25, 26, 29, 31 & August 2, 5, 7, 8
The Window at 125
125 East 47th Street
New York NY 10017
For a full schedule of Season 3: http://rogersmithlife.com/art/125window_season3
Find out more and watch the videos from previous seasons: http://rogersmithlife.com/the-window-at-125
Contact: Danika Druttman
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