[WORLD PREMIERE] GET WELL SOON you black + bluised

May 23, 2019

MAY 23 - MAY 25, 2019 @ 7:00 PM

Abrons Arts Center

466 Grand Street (at Pitt Street) New York

you black + bluised is a continuation of [exercises in getting well soon], a project / meditation based on the loose and often used phrase indicating a hope of recovery. These “exercises” have been articulated as movement, installation, games, endurance, ritual, poetry, and collective action, and consider the possibility of performance as a space for reparative action. you black + bluised is a site specific work that will make use of the architecture and positionality of Abrons Arts Center to wrestle with the “they versus us” paradigm through sound, movement and tableau. 


you black + bluised will presented in three sections, entitled prayer, protest, and a pieace, over the course of three evenings. Additional information about the individual sections will be provided closer to the performances.

pushit!! - Cincinnati

April 12, 2019

4.12, 4.14  - 4-5:30 pm

Contemporary Arts Center

Can resistance be choreographed? PUSHIT!, a site-responsive performance by NIC Kay, is a meditation on emotional labor and the impossibility of the stage as a place of freedom for the Black performer. This work is part of a larger set of exercises in getting-well-soon.


“While comprehending their own relationship to social architecture, they channel the ferocities of all those they are in communication with, all those they are fighting for, again emphasizing their desire to be together in a complex, intimate way. Kay’s movement activates conversations had and yet to be had, challenging and engaging new ways to critique, to love, and to heal genuinely.”
– Sean D. Henry Smith, CONTEMPTORARY.ORG

19th Annual Estrogenius Festival

March 15, 2019

2019 EstroGenius Festival, the longest running festival celebrating the work of women and gender non-conforming artists in NYC, returns for a thirs year at The Kraine Theatre of E. 4th St.  Begun in Manhattan Theatre Source in 2000 as a short-play festival, the festival has launched and supported hundreds of artists in its 19 years and continues through the generous support of FRIGID New York @ Horse Trade.

Sloth-ish: Where Does It Hurt?

March 10, 2019

Sloth-ish: Where Does It Hurt? began as a joke between artist NIC Kay and keyon gaskin, and morphed into an experimental performance meditation that moves through themes of urban geography, objecthood, human supremacy, animality, repose, and the surreal. The performance immerses its audience in movement and sound, set within a colorful world of scaffolding, stanchions, beauty supplies, and detritus.

Sunday, March 10, 3:00–4:30 p.m.


22-25 Jackson Avenue, Queens


March 01, 2019

Trans/gression: An Evening of Performance featuring NIC Kay, Linda LaBeija, and Pamela Sneed. Trans/gression is the closing reception for Queer Disruptions 3, a queer studies conference hosted by Columbia University, and celebrates the 25th anniversary of GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies. 

Visions in Motion with ARTNOIR

February 26, 2019

NeueHouse and ARTNOIR present an evening of performances in celebration of Black History & Futures Month. 

We bring together storytellers, performers, musicians and artists at the nexus of contemporary black culture for a creative jam session and a dynamic night of black splendor. 

Featured presentations include artists Paper Monday, jazz vocalist Vuyo Sotashe, performer NIC Kay, special screenings from NOWNESS, Neon Christina of RAGGA NYC, Glory Edimof Well-Read Black Girl, spoken word musician Cyrus Aaron of The BLK HRS, musical artist Starchild & The New Romantic, and more.

pushit!! - Indianapolis

February 23, 2019


“Can resistance be choreographed?” This is the question that drives pushit!, a site-responsive performance by the New York–based artist NIC Kay. NIC’s artistic practice is inspired by a wide range of movement disciplines—from butoh to praise dance to voguing—that come together in pushit!, part of a larger body of work called “Get Well Soon!” In NIC’s hands, this commonly used expression invites the audience to collectively imagine a future of reparation and black diasporic healing.


7 PM

4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana 46208-3326 | 317-923-1331

$20 M / $25 P

Queer Abstract 2nd Year Anniversary: Who Got Ya Back?

January 18, 2019

January 18th
Starr Bar
214 Starr st, Brooklyn

5pm-8pm Happy Hour
9pm-11pm Show
11pm-1am Dance Party

Fantastic Voyage w/ Lyrics HD

December 14, 2018


Fantastic Voyage w/ Lyrics HD


Organized by American Artist


Performance Space New York

December 14 | 7pm 


A night of performances in conjunction with the installation A Wild Ass Beyond: ApocalypseRN.

Dance in Dialog 2018

November 07, 2018

Choreographed by Alexandra Beller and NIC Kay. Guest artists Alexandra Beller and NIC Kay share their artistic processes and direct Lehman students in two new pieces.

Lehman Theatre & Dance

250 Bedford Park Blvd W, Bronx, New York 10468

Solo: A Festival of Dance

October 07, 2018

pushit! [exercise 1 in getting well soon]
Sun, Oct 7

6:00 pm (starts outside OtB; location TBA): NIC Kay (NYC)

SEATTLE,  Washington

Performances by Benji Hart and NIC Kay

September 26, 2018

This public program is taking place in conjunction with artist Mary Mattingly's exhibition What Happens After, at BRIC House. 


BRIC House Stoop

647 Fulton Street

(Enter on Rockwell Place)

Brooklyn, NY 11217

United States

Ember Ground: Back to School 2018 Mixer

September 23, 2018

Center for Performance Research
361 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn

Free admission.

For its Fourth Annual Back to School Mixer, Women & Performance is pleased to present Ember Ground,an exploration of transitional spaces of self, embodiment, and the social. We take inspiration from Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick’s Touching Feeling as we join with artists to imagine new theoretical terrain in identity formation and fresh notions of blended practice. These middle grounds are explored as fickle states, where only uncertainty is certain. Already expired yet still burning, an ember may either burst into flames or slowly extinguish. Dwelling in interdisciplinary states across dance, sound, performance, and visual art, this evening includes short experimental works continuing and in development by New York City-based performance artists NIC Kay, Ita Segev, and Samita Sinha.

This evening includes a reception, a curated music playlist, and a Women & Performance Reading Room. Co-curated by Alessandra Gomez, Yarden Stern, and Christina Yang, this program is sponsored by Women & Performance: a journal of feminist theory.

Pioneer Works - Second Sundays: August

August 12, 2018

Second Sundays is a free event series presented on the second Sunday of every month. The program features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education.

RSVP for the chance to win a free Pioneer Works membership at the Supporter level. Learn more.

Open Studios:
Mary Helena Clark
Gozde Ilkin
Louis Fratino
Autumn Knight

Pioneer Works - Second Sundays: July

July 07, 2018

Second Sundays is a free event series presented on the second Sunday of every month. The program features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education.

RSVP for the chance to win a free Pioneer Works membership at the Supporter level. Learn more.

Open Studios:
Mary Helena Clark
Gozde Ilkin
Louis Fratino
Autumn Knight

Pioneer Works - Second Sundays: June

June 09, 2018

Second Sundays is a free event series presented on the second Sunday of every month. The program features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education.

RSVP for the chance to win a free Pioneer Works membership at the Supporter level. Learn more.

Open Studios:
Mary Helena Clark
Gozde Ilkin
Louis Fratino
Autumn Knight

Everybooty 2018

June 22, 2018

BAM presents Everybooty
Curated by Sean B + Jason Roe + Caleb Hammons
Visual art exhibition curated by Ricardo Osmond Francis

AVAILABLE @ https://goo.gl/P4pLbk

Everybooty descends on BAM this Pride weekend for a four-floor, more-is-more art party with the glitteriest critters of the queer art and nightlife worlds. This radical evening of revelry fills the BAM Fisher from basement to rooftop with performances, DJs, installations, readings, booze, and general ruckus, serving up too much as just enough.

Antonio Ramos / AORTA Films / Becca Blackwell / Crimson Kitty / Daphne Always / DJ Deputy (Xanadude) / DJ Horrorchata / DJ Jen (HI FASHION) / DJ Sean B (Xanadude) / DJ Tikka Masala / Fluide / Heather Litteer / I AM A BOYS CHOIR / Jes Tom / Julio Torres / Justin Monster Labeija / Mark Balahadia / Mykal Kilgore / NIC Kay / Sequinette / Theda Hammel / Zoe Ziegfield

Pride at the Whitney

June 15, 2018

Floor 3, Susan and John Hess Family Gallery and Theater

In collaboration with Discwoman, the Whitney Museum celebrates Pride and the LGBTQ community with a performance by artist NIC Kay. They will present about love, a performance that considers the Ru Paul quote, “If you don't love yourself, how in the hell you gonna love somebody else?” about love is part of GET WELL SOON, a series of performances by Kay that asks how wellness can be defined outside of the neoliberal cultural economy.

LISTE - Art Fair Basel

June 11, 2018

pushit!![ an exercise in getting well soon ] 

Can resistance be choreographed? '

Pushit!', a site-responsive performance by NIC Kay, is a meditation on emotional labour and the impossibility of the stage as a place of freedom for the Black performer. This work is part of a larger set of 'exercises in getting well soon'.


12. Juni 2018, 19:00

Kaserne (Rossstall 1) 
Klybeckstrasse 1b

Admission: CHF 15
(www.starticket.ch, or + 41 61 666 6000)

Dance and Process: Bakst, Kay, Kokoronis, and Pittman

June 08, 2018

This event features new works and is the culmination of a ten-week group process of sharing work and feedback. Facilitated by Moriah Evans and Yve Laris Cohen, and featuring work by Lauren Bakst, NIC Kay, Athena Kokoronis, and Angie Pittman. Initiated in 1995, Dance and Process is The Kitchen's longest running series. Dance and Process stages an interrogation of methods of choreographic and dance practice, whereby artists challenge default structures in their own work and the field at large.


June 8–9             Tickets $20 General / $15 Member

Looking Out, In, and Back: Artists on Citizenship

June 05, 2018

What makes a citizen? How do the complex, elusive, and multifarious definitions of what it means to be an American exert their presence in art? And as the veil between artistic expression and political expression grows thin, how can contemporary artists shape and imagine new ways of being American? In this free-form, one-night-only conversation, four artists meet for the first time on stage to share their work and engage in a discussion about the intersection of art and American identity.

Presented by The Bellwether and BAM, this interdisciplinary evening of performance and discussion brings together performance artist NIC Kay, author Lisa Ko, photographer Philip Montgomery, and stage and film director Yara Travieso, joined by Alejandro Rodriguez, artistic director of Artists Striving to End Poverty’s Artist as Citizen Conference.

TransVisionaries Performance Series

June 03, 2018

TransVisionaries is a first-ever, Bronx monthly live performance series featuring cabaret singers, poets, comics, musicians,dancers and performers who identify as Transgender and/or Gender Non-conforming. BAAD! turns locally owned restaurants and cafes in the South Bronx into one-night arts centers to present these free public performances. Eat dinner, have a drink and experience the artists shine. 

Sunday, June 3 - 6pm
EyeCycle and The Boogie Down Grind
866 Hunts Point Ave
Bronx, NY 10474

Colonial Repercussions / Koloniales Erbe – Symposium II

May 26, 2018

“Performances of No-thingness“ represents an inquiry into Black diasporic cultural productions as a critique on hegemonic concepts of identity at the centre of a second discursive platform of the event series “Colonial Repercussions/Koloniales Erbe”. Black perspectives challenge Western concepts of gender, race, sexualities and dis-abilities through dance and sound performances, lectures, workshops, city tours and dialogues.

“Colonial Repercussions/Koloniales Erbe“ is a joint event series by the Akademie der Künste and the Federal Agency for Civic Education/bpb.

In English and German language, Free admission
Workshop Participation (limited number of participants) by registration only at day of event
Detailed programme available at: www.adk.de/colonial-repercussions

Pioneer Works - Second Sundays: May

May 13, 2018

Second Sundays is a free event series presented on the second Sunday of every month. The program features open studios with current artists in residence, live music, exhibitions and participatory programs exploring art, science, technology and education.

RSVP for the chance to win a free Pioneer Works membership at the Supporter level. Learn more.

Open Studios:
Mary Helena Clark
Gozde Ilkin
Louis Fratino
Autumn Knight

Dancing While Black / Angela’s Pulse and BAAD! present Dancing While Black’s 5th Anniversary Festival

May 05, 2018

SATURDAY, May 5 at 8pm
2474 Westchester Ave \ Bronx

Tickets $20 General | $15 Students & Seniors

Experience the work of three current Dancing While Black Fellows -Jasmine Hearn, NIC Kay, and Kayla Hamilton
AND Donna Clark performing Eleo Pomare’s classic Narcissus Rising a decade after his passing and 50 years after its creation, curated by Marya Wethers. 

More Festival Info: http://www.baadbronx.org/boogie-down-dance-2018.html

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair

May 04, 2018

1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair
FRIDAY, May 4 at 6pm
159 Pioneer St \ Pioneer Works in Red Hook

1-54 NEW YORK 2018 will welcome 21 galleries, exhibiting the work of over 60 contemporary artists from Africa and its diaspora of emerging and established profile.

View the full list of galleries and exhibiting artists here: http://1-54.com/new-york/ 
Special Projects: http://1-54.com/blog/special-projects-at-1-54-new-york-2018/

Queer B-Cademy - Teachings of PostAcademic Knowledge

February 22, 2018

The performance art festival about queer utopia, futurist practice and intersectional perspectives. And everything in between. 
February 21st – 25th 2018

Queer B-Cademy is a playground for adults, whose life has grown too serious, yet it is an honest place with serious intentions. The equipment is fun and the content is precious. It is at the same time the complement to and outbreak of the a-cademic system, which merely reproduces itself and excludes certain people. 
Queer B-Cademy is the unapologetic desire for new structures, a boot camp of solidarity and a temple of uniqueness. 
B-sides b-ing listened to, b-liefs formulated and new b-b-f's made, it it safe to say - there will also b some dancing! 

Throughout 4.5 days, at Kampnagel, local and interantional artists will show their works and offer workshops that focus on queer positions, non-mainstream living realities, whose transformative force bears great potential.

The performances by 

Rosana Cade + johnsmith (Glasgow, UK)
Mavi Veloso (Sao Paulo, BR / Amsterdam, NL) 
Brontez Purnell (Oakland, US)
NIC Kay (New York, US)
Justin Allen (New York, US)
Damn It Janet (Hamburg)
Enzo (Hamburg)
ORACLE: femme futurities (Berlin)
Tucké Royale (Berlin)
Hazan Kahrizi (Bagdad, IQ / Hamburg) 
Yousef Iskandar (Berlin) 
Intersectional Cuntrol: Preach + Natascha P. (Hamburg) 
Renate Stahl (Hamburg / Berlin) 

Polyphonic Overground

February 01, 2018

Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Free with Pay-What-You-Wish Admission
2nd floor galleries at MAD

Presented by At Play performing artist-in-residence NIC Kay, Polyphonic Overground is a durational performance activating the site of Studio PSK’s Polyphonic Playground, installed at MAD as part of the exhibition Sonic Arcade: Shaping Space with Sound. Featuring performances by NIC and an invited group of collaborators throughout the evening, Polyphonic Overground is inspired by children’s television shows and the sociological concept of “parallel play.”

Utilizing an array of lights, audio effects, props, costumes, and toys, NIC and their fellow performers will intervene in MAD’s second-floor gallery, producing a visual and sonic installation that doubles as the “set” of a children’s TV variety special. Influenced by the potential of sound to act as a conduit for collective memory, Polyphonic Overground explores such themes as childhood and failure.

American Realness 2018 | NIC KAY

January 12, 2018


Friday, January 12, 5:30pm
Saturday, January 13, 2:30pm
Sunday, January 14, 8:30pm
Tuesday, January 16, 10:00pm

Run Time: 60 minutes

Abrons Arts Center, Underground Theater, 466 Grand Street, Manhattan
Single Tickets $25 / Abrons Festival Pass $20

Single Tickets >> http://bit.ly/2DrcMjR
Festival Pass >> http://bit.ly/2kAzOwZ

lil BLK is an experimental solo performance. Influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance, lil BLK is a story about a fairy boi, child of god, little black girl, performer, and activist. The story plays out through a series of biographical moments that are equal parts narrative and dream.

lil BLK was made possible with support from Chances Dances, Links Hall, opentv and DCASE. 

GET WELL SOON! You Black + Bluised

December 16, 2017

A Shared Evening of Performance Movement Research 2017 Van Lier Fellows


NIC Kay presents work in progress

GET WELL SOON! You Black + Bluised

a duet with Tasha Carter  

Knockdown Center

December 16, 2017


tix info coming soon. 

Imitation of Lives, Jimmy Robert Performa Commission

November 03, 2017

In "Imitation of Lives," Bucharest-based French visual artist Jimmy Robert occupies Philip Johnson’s iconic Glass House in New Canaan, CT, turning the modernist icon into a stage for an intimate performance that delves into the intersections of architecture, visibility, and black representation. In this live collage, Robert draws on the house’s idiosyncratic features to devise a piece that merges poetry and music for a cast engaged in a subtle game of looking and being looked at in turn. Robert’s layered performance turns the Glass House into an arena where exposure, representation, and power can be thought anew.

Co-curated by Charles Aubin and Cole Akers, Curator of The Glass House. Co-commissioned with The Glass House. 

***Tickets on Sale Begining Friday, October 6.

Image credit: Jimmy Robert, Imitation of Lives (2017). Rehearsal view, pictured: NIC Kay and Quenton Stuckey. Courtesy of the artist, Performa, and The Glass House.

NIC Kay: Screamin Limbs (A Conversation with Senga Nengudi’s...

October 19, 2017

DePaul Art Museum presents an in-gallery performance by NIC Kay. The artist will perform an improvisational mashup responding to Senga Nengudi’s sculptures in combination with the sounds of Chicago and their own “screamin limbs.” 

4th Annual RCD Workshop: Queer of Color Criticism & Performance

October 13, 2017


This day-long workshop brings together scholars and artists working at the intersections of race, sexuality, and performance to consider the creative practices of minoritarian subjects in the pursuit of pleasure, community, health, and survival.

All events are free, but we ask that you please register by reserving tickets so that we can arrange catering and transportation accordingly. You can still attend without registering, but it would help us greatly if you did. The workshop takes place at Breed Memorial Hall on the Tufts Medford Campus, and concludes in a performance at the Oberon Theater in Cambridge--transportation will be made available from Medford to Cambridge following dinner. 

Volume VII: On Resistance

August 19, 2017

Volume VII: On Resistance
Friday — Sunday, August 18 — 20, 2017
Wild Project, 195 E 3rd Street, New York, NY 10009

Today’s shared purpose, resistance, is at once urgent and varied. Volume VII will present work by nine artists, each developing their own choreographies of resistance using strategies of conflict, transgression, and care. On Resistance represents a spectrum of movement which challenges systems of control by reconfiguring the body into a medium for opposition.


August 17, 2017

Join us for Out of Line: “CHEEKY LaSHAE: #KaraokeUNIVERSAL: Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 01011863," a night of karaoke hosted by the glamorous and enigmatic CHEEKY LaSHAE! 

RSVP & learn more: http://bit.ly/2uAvrZj

A fluid-identity avatar and performative structure designed by artist Kenya (Robinson), CHEEKY LaSHAE's #KaraokeUNIVERSAL blurs the boundary between audience and performer. For "Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 01011863," pop songs and politics combine in an investigation of freedom, offering us the opportunity to sing, reflect, and own the performer in us all. 

Now in its second year, Out of Line presents a new set of arresting, intriguing, and playful performances by some of New York City's most exciting contemporary artists.

Special thanks to Holly Ajala, NIC Kay, Joseph Keckler, Karma Malhas, Zachary Nguyen, Haley Parsa, Xinan Ran, Malaika Temba, and the Textile Arts Center.

Get Well Soon + Q&A

August 11, 2017

Part of #In_formationICA

Get Well Soon is a project/meditation based on a loose and frequently used phrase that indicates the hope of recovery. But if 'Hope is a Discipline', as Mariam Kaba writes, what are the methods of hope in a performance practice? Can resistance be choreographed? For In formation, which examines self-reflexivity as a mode of resistance, NIC shares an exercise in getting well soon. Get Well Soon is an interruption, a memorial, a wake, and a meditation on reparations. What does black diasporic collective healing look, feel and sound like? What are the historical examples of this longing? Followed by discussion and Q+A convened by Nana Adusei-Poku. 

Vogue to Get Free @ CHICAGO DYKE MARCH!

June 24, 2017

Organized Communities Against Deportations and Chicago Dyke March Collective presents the 21st Annual DYKE MARCH in Little Village!

Comunidades Organizadas Contra las Deportaciones y La Colectiva Dyke March en Chicago presenta La Vigésima primera Marcha Dyke en La Villita

WHEN: SAT, JUNE 24th, 2017
CUANDO: Sabado, 24 de Juno 2017

GATHERING @ Little Village Academy (26th and Lawndale): 1:30PM 
RALLY @ Piotrowski Park (32nd and Keeler): 3:30PM

Opening Reception: Black Light and Make Room

June 23, 2017

Please join us for the opening reception of two exhibitions at Gallery 400: "Black Light" and "Make Room." During the reception a special program, (e.3 There is a time and place for Everything), will be presented by artist NIC Kay from 6-7pm. This exercise in getting well soon is an opportunity for ten volunteers to participate in an attempt to play several parachute games in the gallery, hallway, and outside of the gallery space.*

The Petty Biennial

June 16, 2017

"The Petty Biennial" is an exhibition project that complicates dominant narratives of contemporary cultural, social, political norms. It is a response to classist views towards communities of color and marginalized art practices. At the intersection of race, gender and sexuality, featured artists showcase a range of regional and national perspectives unique to North and Central Americas, and the Caribbean. "The Petty Biennial" is not a biennial itself, but a curatorial investigation towards queering the canon of traditional biennials. The project selected seventeen artists for its exhibition and an additional nine artists for ancillary programming. Works include video, painting, installation, performance and photography engaging in critical forms of authorship through hypervisibility and self-representation. 


May 28, 2017

Queering Knowledges

As a fixed concept of history, literary sciences and gender studies, the method of "queering" stands for a shift, for the transformation of normativities. 
The focus is not only on sexuality and gender, all dominant and hegemonic readings are put to the test. Leyla Jagiella reports from her academic-activist work how Muslim traditions create a queer and trans-positive potential that creates spaces for action and resistance to the effective discourses of our time. In the performance Tulip Talk , NIC KAY will talk about radical self-care, the history of black diasporic performance, and how the tulips came to Europe. Ahmet Sitki Demir negotiates the dualism between faith and knowledge in the performance Pray me Awayer and designs futuristic creeds.


Dates: 25./26./27./28. May 


Language: German, English

Movement Research at the Judson Church 4/10/17

April 10, 2017

Movement Research at the Judson Church, April 10 2017

Featuring works by:
Elena Demyanenko/Eva KarczagNic KayΔ, Jordan Martin, Movement of the People Dance CompanyJulia Santoli and Kaia Gilje

Monday at 8pm
doors open at 7:45pm

Location: Judson Memorial Church
55 Washington Square South

UPLIFT! Faith Restoration Vision Keepers A performance by Nic Kay + Friends

April 09, 2017

UPLIFT! Faith Restoration Vision Keepers
A performance by Nic Kay + Friends 

Sunday, April 9th 
Tenochtitlan Plaza
Blue Island + Loomis + 18th 

UPLIFT! Faith Restoration Vision Keepers is a playful exercise, as apart of the work in process, Get Well Soon!
GWS is a project / meditation based on a loose and often used phrase indicating a hope of recovery. But if “Hope is a Discipline.” as Mariame Kaba writes, What are a the methods of hope in a performance practice?

Can resistance be choreographed? 

GET WELL SOON! is a cultural trope that is deeply embedded in the neoliberal cultural political economy. Why must we be #carefree and #joyfilled ? Who does this abrupt shift from #blacklivesmatter and #sayhername conservations truly benefit, in a culture of speedy recovery and self help as the state cuts/destroys affordable healthcare.  

GWS is an interruption, a memorial, a wake, and a meditation on reparations.

Feeling Homesick At Home

April 07, 2017

Feeling Homesick At Home
New works by Nic Kay, Grace Kubilius, Ato Ribiero, Work/Play Curated by Anastasia Karpova Tinari

April 7th-28th
Opening Reception: April 7th, 6-9pm

Feeling Homesick at Home: How does one cope when the very essence or foundations of home are questioned? Re-making an American flag with a cloth dyed rich black; employing kente cloth and African-American quilting patterning; performing a cultural wakeFeeling Homesick at Home: How does one cope when the very essence or foundations of home are questioned? Re-making an American flag in silkscreened black cloth; employing kente cloth and African-American quilting patterning; performing a cultural wake to Get Well Soon; or exploring female identity using the body and textile, the four artists in Feeling Homesick at Home articulate diverse identities within the complicated American experience. NIC Kay, Grace Kubilius, Ato Ribeiro, and WORK/PLAY use design, textile, sculpture, and performance to effectuate a more representative visual culture and national ritual, reverberating a disconnect between America’s contested reality and its ideals of equality and liberty.


Strategies for Artistic Accountability

March 23, 2017

Positions – Strategies for Artistic Accountability 

A symposium and exhibition in conjunction with ‘The Art of Looking: Description, Analysis, Interpretation, Judgment?’, a thematic project for the Master Fine Art at the Piet Zwart Institute, led by Nana Adusei-Poku, Research Professor in Visual Culture at Rotterdam University.

Featuring Nana Adusei-Poku, Timur Akhmetov, Barby Asante, Sophie Bates, Shraddha Borawake, Connie Butler, Katharina Cameron, Larisa David, Angelica Falkeling, Quinsy Gario, Alexander Iezzi, NIC Kay, Anni Puolakka, Collette Rayner, Nicholas Riis, Erika Roux, Anastasia Shin, Eothen Stearn, Daniel Tuomey.

Does an artist’s identity matter? Or can we just focus on form?

On EDGE Festival: lil BLK

March 16, 2017

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) presents the fourth annual OnEdge, the experimental live performance series, February 23–March 25, 2016. The FREE admission series will feature Chicago and world premieres from national and international artists and companies. 

March 16 & 17, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. and March 18, 2017, at 2p.m.
In an experimental solo performance influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance, lil BLK tells the autobiographical story of a fairy boi, child of god, little black girl, performer and activist. Through the exploration of form, performer NIC Kay wrestles with the societal constraints placed on the black feminine body and the traps of being a black performer searching for freedom on the stage…in a beat. 
N.B. This performance takes place in the second floor theater of the building without an accessible elevator. 

OnEdge is FREE and seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis 60 minutes before each performance.

The Blueshift Journal

January 31, 2017

The Blueshift Journal introduces the LOOM RADIANT, a multimedia exploration by city.

First stop, Chicago: https://www.theblueshiftjournal.com/loom-radiant

Featuring Joelle Mercedes, AvantistAricka Foreman, Jory Drew, Christian Funches, Tavia David, Zachary Nicol, Nic Kay, Amina Ross, Keith S. Wilson, AJ McClennon, & Derrick Woods-Morrow.

J e l l o

February 19, 2017

J e l l o is an experimental dance series. 

The second J e l l o will include phenomenal work by:

Brittany Harlin
Nic Kay
Christopher Knowlton
Sojourner Zenobiabia

Come out to support these artists, and the sign up to curate and/or perform the next jello!

All sales go to the artists as well as free documentation.

Black Sex Matters

February 18, 2017

Black Sex Matters is an event series celebrating sensuality and pleasure in liberation struggles serving as a fundraiser for arts activism. Ticket & bar sales will be split between the #LetUsBreathe Collective's Breathing Room rehab - an arts, healing, and organizing hub on Chicago's south side - and a nonprofit org doing work that centers sexual safety and wellness for Black and brown folks. 

This special edition of Black Sex Matters is presented in partnership with the Alphawood Foundation and the Art AIDS America exhibition. It will also feature performances by

JuJu Minx
McKenzie Chinn
Elleven Nicole
Blake Novia
Nic Kay
Jordy Marilyn
Melissa DuPrey
& more

Sunday Service

February 12, 2017

Sunday Service is a curated series of short-form live performances across mediums. Taking place the first Sunday of each month in the Ready Room, a guest curator is invited to organize a salon style evening of in-progress works, performances, and presentations, anchored by a framing principle such as a question, proposition, theme, or formal structure. Sunday Service encourages works in progress and interdisciplinary endeavors showcased in a lo-fi environment to foster experimentation and critical discourse amongst peers.

For the premier of Sunday Service, Knockdown Center invites MAMIcurators Ali Rosa-Salas and Dyani Douze who in turn have invited Alexandra Bell, NIC Kay, Isabel Flower, Marcel Rosa-Salas, and YATTA to share projects in development across movement, writing, visual art, and sonic practices. With an insistence on collective care, we’ll process what we’ve witnessed together in a dialogue over drinks.

Expectations: A Feminist Video Screening

February 11, 2017

What's thExpectations: A Feminist Video Screening
The artists featured in Expectations transgress the conventional expectations of femininity, as well as the ways in which they are expected to be desirable to others. Through commentary on standards of beauty, body, race, and sexuality, these works provide a fluidity between what we refer to as appropriate and inappropriate displays of femininity. The videos utilize abjection, stereotypes, and appropriation to embrace an individual representation of gender that breaks the confines of our normative roles.

Works by:
Bea Cordelia
Jeanne Donegan
Jennifer Fagan
Maeve Jackson
Marlo Koch
Alexis McGrigg
Ellen Nielsen
Hanna M. Owens
Emilia Pennanen
Jessica Pierotti
Raffa Reuther
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I.D. Festival: NIC Kay

January 28, 2017

'lil BLK' is an experimental solo performance from NIC Kay
Presented in conversation with A.R.T.’s production of Trans Scripts, the I.D. Festival series celebrates the diverse experiences of the trans community, explores issues of gender identity, and continues OBERON’s engagement with trans artists and stories.

Choreographed number in Aay Kay Burns' Shabby but Thriving.

January 25, 2017

In “Shabby but Thriving,” commissioned by the New Museum, Burns premieres a new two-channel video staged within an installation that explores the subjugation and agency of various bodies. The video, titled Living Room (2017–ongoing), is the installation’s central work; it was filmed in the New Museum’s 231 Bowery building that houses the artist residency program. Moving from its basement through the stairwells (partially renovated and often bearing relics of previous eras) and into a series of found and constructed interiors, the video treats the entire building as both a stage and a metaphorical body. The building exists as a hermetic ecosystem and protagonist in the narrative of Living Room, as performers use their bodies to labor and leisure, choreograph and dialogue, bathe and subsist within this vital architectural interior. Furniture and props likewise act as both benign objects and political subjects. The video features a unique soundtrack by Geo Wyeth and a choreographed number by NIC Kay.

Here + Now

January 27, 2017

Here + Now, a series of solo exhibitions, performances and community events curated by UICA Exhibitions Curator, Heather Duffy extends the opportunity presented by US IS THEM to emerging and mid-career African American visual artists, spoken word artists, curators, and performance artists. Here + Now includes newly created solo shows and a guest-curated group exhibition, as well as community events and educational programs.

January 27 - May 14, 2017

Artists participating as part of Abandoned Margins: Policing the Black Female Body include:
Alexis McGrigg
Brittney Leeanne Williams
Candace Hunter
Emily Mulenga
Fabiola Jean-Louis
Harmonia Rosales
Ify Chiejina
Kim Nogueira
LaToya Hobbs
LINEA Germania
Marcia Michael
Melissa SK
Nature’s Intent
Rosemary Meza-DesPlas
Sarah Beth Woods
Shani Crowe
Sharla Hammond
Shoshanna Weinberger
Tye Johnson

Mvmnt in the shadows

December 01, 2016

Thursday, December 1, 4 pm

Harvard University

Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts

24 Quincy St, Level 1

Where does the visual start and how does the somatic extend beyond the image? What is the potential of a collective body-ies? This workshop is an exercise in developing movements as a means of exploring the physical and visual potential of singular-multiple-genderless and (no)body-ies. Please wear loose clothes and comfortable shoes.

NIC Kay -Plus- Ashley R.T. Yergens

July 13, 2016

A Shared Bill. 

TICKETS: http://dixonplace.org/performances/lil-blk-plus-wreck-class-safe-space/


NIC will perform a 30 minute excerpt of lil BLK at Dixon Place. lil BLK is a live experimental solo performance, influenced by New York City gay/queer ballroom culture, live punk shows, butoh and praise dance. In this performance NIC Kay wrestles with their desire to be seen in a society that seeks to control and crush the black feminine body. They attempt to highlight the traps of being a black queer performer searching for freedom on the stage and in a beat.

"Safe space" is often used to describe a space where a marginalized group is free from mainstream stereotypes and social exclusion. With abrupt andsometimes problematic transitions, Ashley's "Wreck Class Safe Space" holds up a mirror to queer nightlife events, working class family gatherings, and the contents of our proverbial closets.