March 1, 2022

Sharon Hayes, Jennifer Karady, Dread Scott, and Marisa Williamson
Performing Past-Present: Transforming Reenactment

Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery at Haverford College

Marisa Williamson, The Fire (Wild is the Wind), 2017. Live animation, color, sound (Nina Simone’s Wild is the Wind), 5:03 min. Courtesy of the artist.

Performing Past-Present: Transforming Reenactment features work by four contemporary artists—Sharon Hayes, Jennifer Karady, Dread Scott, and Marisa Williamson—who re-present historical issues, art, and events using conceptual, theoretical, and performance methodologies. Their works bring past events into the present with mixed media and video installations, material objects, photography, performance, and strategies of social practice. They use enactment and reenactment to unsettle rigid ideas about time, space, history, and memory, and to reposition, personalize, and embody them in new ways. Rooted in community and collaboration, their work transforms our understanding of and responses to history, politics, trauma, sexuality, and identity.

Performing Past-Present: Transforming Reenactment is curated by Sally Berger and made possible with support from Haverford College's John B. Hurford ’60 Center for the Arts and Humanities, Tuttle Creative Residences, Distinguished Visitors Program, VCAM Media & Makers Series, Visual Studies Program, and Libraries.

Hours: Monday–Friday 11am–5pm, Wednesday 11am–8pm, Saturday–Sunday 12–5pm

Contact: Matthew Seamus Callinan, Associate Director, Cantor Fitzgerald Gallery, VCAM, and Campus Exhibitions—mcallina [​at​]

Overheard: Voices on the Underground Railroad: March 1–April 23, curated by Sally Berger & students
Lutnick Library, Entrance Gallery

The Karady Prompt: An Exercise in Reenactment: March 18–April 10, curated by Vicky Funari
VCAM Display Wall

Sally Berger curatorial talk and opening event: March 18, 4:30–6pm

Performing Past-Present artist roundtable: April 6, 4:30–6pm
VCAM 001 Screening Room

Embodied Interviews and Performances film screening: April 19, 4:30–6pm, presented by Sally Berger
VCAM 001 Screening Room

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