Adult Contemporary

Thu, Jan 3 / 6:30–8 pm

Liz Collins

Join “Rays” artist Liz Collins for an evening of Adult Contemporary, a salon-style reading series that brings together artists, academics, performers, and writers to “read” in whatever way they see fit.

The mobile series, curated by Katherine Brewer Ball and Svetlana Kitto, serves as a platform to experiment in form through words, movements, sounds, or other form of expression. In addition to Collins, whose installation is on view in MAD’s lobby, this iteration features Mike Albo, Precious Okoyomon, and Sarah Zapata.

Liz Collins is an artist and designer living and working in Brooklyn. She received both a BFA and an MFA in Textiles at Rhode Island School of Design, where she served as a member of the Textiles faculty from 2003 to 2013. In addition to pursuing her art and design career, she has since taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the Maryland Institute College of Art, Pratt Institute, Parsons School of Design, and Moore College of Art and Design, and has been a visiting artist and critic at many art and design schools. Collins’ awards include a United States Artists Fellowship, a MacColl Johnson Fellowship, and residencies at Alaska AIR, Haystack, the MacDowell Colony, the Siena Art Institute, Stoneleaf, Yaddo, and the Museum of Arts and Design. Recent solo exhibitions include shows at the Tang Museum at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York; Heller Gallery, New York; Textile Arts Center, New York; Art Market Provincetown; AS220, Providence; and the Knoxville Museum of Art. A Queer Art Mentor, she is a board member of the Fire Island Artist Residency, a new member of the Exhibitions Committee at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, and one of the artists in the 2018–2020 Open Sessions program at the Drawing Center.

Mike Albo is a writer, performer, and comedian whose solo shows include The Junket, Spermhood, and Please Everything Burst. He has written for outlets including the New York Times, The New Yorker, and BuzzFeed, among many others. His novels include Hornito (2001) and The Underminer (with Virginia Heffernan, 2006). Albo is also in the comedy trio Unitard, which performs regularly at Joe’s Pub in New York City.

Precious Okoyomon is an artist and writer living and working in New York City. Okoyomon has performed at The Kitchen, New York; Artists Space, New York; and the Serpentine Galleries, London. Her first book, Ajebota (2016), was published by Bottlecap Press; her second, But Did U Die?, is forthcoming from Birds, LLC.

Sarah Zapata is an artist and writer based in Brooklyn. Zapata examines gender and cultural performativity through the use of textiles, erotica, and performance. Her work has been featured in solo exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Design, El Museo del Barrio, and Deli Gallery, New York. She has participated in group exhibitions at venues including the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art, New York; MoMA PS1, New York; the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts, Omaha; and LAXART, Los Angeles.

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