Performance Art Residency

Suspended Culture: April 28–July 8, 2023

Open Studio: Fridays & Saturdays, 1-3pm

Open House: Thursday, June 15, 4-8pm

Performance Festival: July 7 & 8, 1-6pm

Chicago Cultural Center, Sidney R. Yates Gallery, 4th Floor North

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Performance Art Residency Suspended Culture


Suspended Culture's residency goal is to research Black sacred space, Black home-making, and Black domestic practices by: transforming Yates gallery into a space of rest, holding conversations with invited public, hosting a festival/showing in their final week in the space, and creating an audiovisual archive.

The installation will take shape slowly over the course of the residency, culminating in the public performances in early July. Throughout the residency, researchers, artists, community workers, healers, and community members are invited into the Yates Gallery at the Chicago Cultural Center to have conversations about Black sacred space, Black homemaking, and Black grounding, and to participate in the unfolding of the project. The work is inspired by and indebted to the work of The Nap Ministry (Tricia Hersey), bell hooks, and Audre Lorde.

The public is invited to visit the residents, engage in the space, participate in conversations, view videos and resources, and attend performances & panels.



Open Work dates (Public Welcome)
Fridays & Saturdays, 1-3pm

Content on Open Work dates will change week to week with some dates being observational and others interactive. Stay tuned for updates posted here for project plan updates.


Public Performance Festival
Friday, July 7 & Saturday, July 8, 1-6pm

July 7th

  • 1-2pm: Installation open to public
  • 2-3pm: Scavenger Hunt with Jordan Brown
  • 3-4pm: Installation open to public
  • 4-5pm: Screening of interviews and collected audiovisual material
  • 5-6pm: Installation open to public & closing Suspended Culture Performance

July 8th

  • 1-2pm: Installation open to public
  • 2-3pm: Songwriting Workshop with Angel Bat Dawid
  • 3-4pm: Selma Sims (Horticulturist from Gardeneers) Workshop
  • 4-5pm: Panel discussion with Andres Hernandez (Art/ Black Cultural Worker), Crystal (Movement)
  • 5-6pm: Installation open to public & closing Suspended culture performance


RSVP is requested, but not required for these free event. Accommodation requests can be noted in the reservation process.

Events may be filmed. Entering the space will be considered acceptance to be filmed.

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