DoublePlus: Dana Davenport + Samita Sinha - Gibney
Week of September 18, 2019
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DoublePlus: Dana Davenport + Samita Sinha

Two photos side by side. Left of a POC woman nude painting red. The right of a woman at a microphone gazing down.

CURATED BY ALEXIS CONVENTO

DoublePlus embraces the artist-as-curator format to present split-bill evenings featuring artists deserving of new or wider visibility, each curated by an established artist.

Dana Davenport
Untitled Experiments
Dana Davenport presents Untitled Experiments, a series of new performative inquiries that utilize video, sculpture and you, the viewer. Through these happenings, Davenport examines themes related to the body, ethnicity, and their interwoven relationship to social mores and institutional structures. Untitled Experiments is a foundation to envisioning both her own and the collective futurity of Black and Asian peoples.

Samita Sinha
A Concentration of Breath
(working title)
Through an expansive exploration of Baul song, a radically embodied folk tradition from Bengal, Samita Sinha explores the fundamental flows and power of vibration through voice and body.

Come early for Living Gallery: Tara Sheena on Dec. 6 at 7:00 pm for a free performance of Capital-D by Tara Sheena.


ABOUT THE ARTISTS

Dana Davenport is a Korean and Black American interdisciplinary artist shifting between performance, video, and sculpture. She engages with themes related to the body, ethnicity, and their interwoven relationship to social mores and institutional structures. Davenport’s work has been presented throughout the United States and internationally including Watermill Center, Water Mill, NY; Cultural Center Recoleta, Buenos Aires, AR; Seventh Gallery, Melbourne, AUS; Firstdraft, Sydney, AUS and many more. Davenport is the 2018 Chashama ChaNorth fellowship recipient and has completed the 2017 SOHO20 Gallery AIR Program. She co-organized Free Space, month-long programming at Miranda Kuo Gallery in NYC.

Composer and vocal artist Samita Sinha combines experiment and visceral energy with deep grounding in North Indian classical music, embodied practices, and folk and ritual music in several languages to create a language of voice and body and new forms of sound, performance, and collaboration. Her work has been commissioned by Asia Society, Performance Space 122 and Invisible Dog Art Center, and the Rubin Museum, and presented at the Kitchen, Wexner Center for the Arts, Danspace, National
Sawdust, and PICA, among others. She has collaborated as composer and/or performer with Fiona Templeton, Sekou Sundiata, Dean Moss, Daria Fain & Robert Kocik, and Robert Ashley, has received support for her work from National Endowment of the Arts, the Fulbright Foundation, National
Performance Network, and New York State Council on the Arts. Sinha is part of the “uniquely-aligned trio” (NPR) Tongues in Trees with Sunny Jain and Grey Mcmurray, and teaches voice extensively, including at Princeton University, Swarthmore College, Centro Nacional de las Artes in Mexico City, and Womankind (formerly New York Asian Women’s Center).

Photos: Dana Davenport by Maria Baranova and Samita Sinha by Yanissa Grand-Pierre.


ABOUT THE CURATOR

Woman in a white dress leaning to the side and looking at the camera.
Alexis Convento is a Filipina-American producer, administrator and manager working within contemporary performance, and is founder and curator of the CURRENT SESSIONS, a platform for movement-based artists. Her curatorial interests include works of temporality, embodied histories, diasporic consciousness, survival, soft power, and community.

Additional curation includes La MaMa Moves!, Gibney Dance’s WorkUp series, Center for Performance Research’s Fall Movement, SPRING/BREAK Art Show, and Gowanus Art + Production’s FIRST LOOK, among others. She is also Producer at Imprint Projects, a creative agency; was Production Coordinator at Gowanus Art + Production, an Arts Manager Fellow through the Field Leadership Fund (2015-17) and worked closely with Emily Berry / B3W Performance Group. Alexis holds a BFA in Dance from Fordham University with the Ailey School.


ACCESSIBILITY

Gibney 280 Broadway is accessible via elevator from the main entrance at 53A Chambers Street.

For access requests or inquiries, please contact Elyse Desmond, Director of Operations and Facilities, by completing our Access Requests and Inquiries Form, or at 646.837.6809 (Voice only).

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