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Ayana Evans

Persona as Social Justice

Evans Ayana

Friday, January 22, 2021
8:00 pm


Virtual Event

This event will take place online - please see listing for information on how to attend.


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Ayana Evans is a NYC based per­for­mance artist who grew up on the south side of Chicago. The sen­si­bil­i­ties of both loca­tions heav­ily influ­ence her work with the body, race rela­tions, and gen­der bias. 

Roberta Fal­lon, co-founder of Art­blog, describes Ms. Evans as, one part Won­der Woman, one part agent provo­ca­teur.” And writer Seph Rod­ney of Hyper­al­ler­gic and the New York Times wrote: I have seen [this] artist actu­ally stop traf­fic on the Bow­ery in down­town Man­hat­tan in 2016, where, in a floor-length lace gown, a dol­lar-store tiara and full makeup, she placed a chair in the street to do chair dips.”

Evans began her career as a painter earn­ing her MFA from Tyler School of Art at Tem­ple Uni­ver­sity and her BA in Visual Arts from Brown Uni­ver­sity. Dur­ing the sum­mer of 2016 Evans com­pleted her install­ment of the res­i­dency, Back in Five Min­utes” at El Museo Del Bar­rio in NYC. The next year she com­pleted a endurance-based 10-hour, city­wide per­for­mance and 100-per­son per­for­ma­tive din­ner party at the Barnes Foun­da­tion in 2017 for A Per­son of the Crowd,” a major per­for­mance art sur­vey fea­tur­ing artists such as, Marina Abramovic, Tania Bruguera, and William Pope L. in Philadel­phia, PA. Her inter­na­tional work includes par­tic­i­pa­tion in: FIAP per­for­mance fes­ti­val in Mar­tinique, The Pineap­ple Show at Tiwani Con­tem­po­rary in Lon­don, and Ghana’s Chale Wote fes­ti­val, which drew 30,000 peo­ple. Evans has received numer­ous fel­low­ships and awards includ­ing: Stu­dio Immer­sion Fel­low­ship Pro­gram at EFA’s Robert Black­burn Print­mak­ing Work­shop (2018); Artists Alliance Inc (2018); Franklin Fur­nace Fund for per­for­mance art (20172018); New York Foun­da­tion of the Arts Fel­low for Inter­dis­ci­pli­nary Arts (2018); and an artist in res­i­dent for Art on the Vine at Martha’s Vine­yard (2019). In addi­tion to her numer­ous guerilla street per­for­mances, Evans has per­formed at the Queens Museum, Crys­tal Bridges Museum, Newark Museum, and the Bronx Museum. Dur­ing 2018 and 2019 Evans had three solo exhi­bi­tions with Medium Tings Gallery (Brook­lyn), Cuchifritos Gallery (NYC) and the EFA Robert Black­burn Print­mak­ing Work­shop with New Art Deal­ers Alliance (NADA) at Gov­er­nors Island, NY. She has been fea­tured in The New York Times, Bomb Mag­a­zine, Art­Net, The Cut, Hyper­al­ler­gic, and CNN. Evans is cur­rently an adjunct pro­fes­sor at Brown University.

Dur­ing the Fall 2020 semes­ter, Evans cre­ated a new work of per­for­mance art for video as part of the Stamps School’s Witt Vis­it­ing Artist pro­gram. A video of the per­for­mance You Bet­ter Be Good to Me,” will pre­mière as part of the program.

Related Event

Is Accep­tance the Future of Art?
Mon­day, Jan­u­ary 25, 5:30 pm

Join Ayana Evans for a live, vir­tual dis­cus­sion with Regi­nald Jack­son, Direc­tor of the Cen­ter for Japan­ese Stud­ies at the Uni­ver­sity of Michi­gan and scholar of crit­i­cal race theory’s rela­tion­ship to gen­der. This pro­gram is part of the U‑M Arts Ini­tia­tive series, The Future of Art: Reg­is­ter here to receive infor­ma­tion on how to join: https://​umich​.form​stack​.com/​f​o​r​m​s​/​j​a​n​25​_​f​u​t​u​r​e​ofart

Sup­ported by the U‑M Arts Ini­tia­tive. This talk is part of the 2021 U‑M Rev­erend Mar­tin Luther King Junior Sym­po­sium.


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