Marathon Reading of black looks: race and representation by bell hooks


Related EventFirst Mondays: Readings of New Works in Progress organized by Sarah Schulman

Performance Space New York’s Marathon Readings shares important, influential, and experimental work by women who have passed away, to collectively remember their words. Previous readings were: Blood and Guts in High School by Kathy Acker and DICTEE by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza by Gloria Anzaldúa.

Amanda Hambrick Ashcraft, Chad Berry, Marci Blackman, Matt Brim, Jacqueline Nassy Brown, Stephanie Browner, Zillah Eisenstein, Malik Gaines, Beverly Guy-Sheftall, Leslie M. Harris, Rachel Harris, DaMaris Hill, Jim Hubbard, Jazmine Hughes, Ileana Jimenez, Meredith Lee, Farid Matuk, Stephen Miles, Jennifer L Morgan, Darnell Moore, Ebony Murphy-Root, Dael Orlandersmith, Timoteio Padilla, Lydia Polgreen, Judith Rodriguez, Shellyne Rodriguez, Sharon Salzberg, Ron Scapp, Parul Sehgal, Aishah Shahidah Simmons, Sur Rodney (Sur), Stephanie Trautman, Jamie Utt-Schumacher, Julia Schumacher, Linda Strong-Leek, V (formerly known as Eve Ensler), Linda Villarosa, Phillip Ward, Jana Welch, Crystal Wilkinson, Shannon Winnubst.

Spring Gala 2022 – Angels in New York

150 First Avenue, 4th Floor inside our Keith Haring Theatre
Dr. Elizabeth Alexander
Keith Haring
Sur Rodney (Sur)
Creative Direction
Gerardo Gonzalez
Raul Lopez
Angels in New York
Dance Party—10:30pm
Hilton Als, Karen Finley, Coco Fusco, Diamanda Galás, Roxane Gay, Debbie Harry, John Kelly, Fred Moten, Parker Posey, John Reinhold, Annie Sprinkles & Beth Stephens.
Poster Print for Purchase
Keith Haring, Untitled, 1983 © Keith Haring Foundation.


-Access to our cocktail reception at 6:30 pm (please note the cocktail reception is only one (1) hour long, this does not allow admission into the night’s gala).
-Free drinks and snacks


-Single ticket for dinner and the night’s gala program.


-Table for 6 guests with premium seating
-Half a page in the Gala brochure
-Shout out during the Gala
-Your name listed as a host on all promotional materials
-18 x 24 in. Poster Print. Keith Haring, Untitled, 1983 © Keith Haring Foundation.


-Table for 9 guests with premium seating
-A page in the Gala brochure
-Shout out during the Gala
-Your name listed as a host on all promotional materials
-18 x 24 in. Poster Print. Keith Haring, Untitled, 1983 © Keith Haring Foundation.

Sarah Arison, Deborah Berke, Bloomberg Philanthropies, Kerstin Brätsch, Eleanor Cayre, Sadie Coles HQ, Ralph Deluca, Fairfax Dorn, Anita Durst, Nicole Eisenman, Heather Flow, Roxane Gay and Debbie Millman, Suzanne Geiss, Michael Giordano, Gladstone Gallery, Meaghan Gragg,  Jane Hait, Hernreich Family, Spike Jonze, Chet Kerr, Glenn Ligon, Glenn and Susan Lowry, Daniel Mitura, Sophie Mörner, Russell Piccione, Poppy Pulitzer, Andrea Rosen, Mary Sabbatino, Kenny Scharf, Tanya Selvaratnam, The Keith Haring Foundation, Ana Sokoloff, Darren Walker, Hauser & Wirth, Arden Wohl, and David Zwirner.
COVID Protocols: Regarding our COVID-19 policies, we are requesting that all of the attendees take a rapid test the day of the event and email their results to Free rapid self-tests are available for pick up from our front desk (150 First Avenue) May 16th – May 21st from 12-6pm. Alternatively, see links to find testing locations: LabQ and NYS – Find A Testing Site Near You. We will also be checking proof of vaccination at the Gala’s entrance.

We the Youth

We the Youth – Keith Haring Lecture Series invites children and their friends and families to meet luminaries who talk about ideas and social issues that are often left off of school curriculums.
This series is supported by The Keith Haring Foundation in honor of Keith Haring who collaborated with children throughout his life and believed in art’s ability to create a more accepting society.

ALOK on Gender invited by Puppies Puppies (Jade Guanaro Kuriki-Olivo).

Dr. Cornel West on Justice invited by Ariana Reines.

Hortense Spillers on Race invited by Kandis Williams

Keith Haring and kids on Avenue D, East Village, NYC, 1983
Photo: Tseng Kwong Chi © Muna Tseng Dance Projects, Inc.
Art: © Keith Haring Foundation

Invisible Trial

Brontez Purnell is an acclaimed writer (100 Boyfriends published by MCDxFSG Originals) and dancer (Brontez Purnell Dance Company) whose writing rises from movement and whose dancing is often steeped in language. His latest dance solo Invisible Trial–choreographed by Larry Arrington and dramaturgy by Jeremy O. Harris–is loosely based on the Sylvia Plath short Story Johnny Panic and the Bible of Dreams The protagonist, a receptionist at a mental health clinic, acts as a sort of medium for the living as he secretly records the dreams, fears, and anxieties of those he comes into contact with. His boss is the God of Anxiety himself who is keeping tabs on the protagonist snooping. The piece attempts to name those fears and fantasies around patriarchal inheritance, shadow work being done against us, and the burning question: are we ever the sole agents of our own fate?
Content Warning
This performance contains nudity, strobe lights, and images that may be disturbing to some viewers.


*This is a durational performance, with intermissions for meals and rest. All ticket-holders will also have access to a live stream. You will receive an email shortly before the event containing a live stream link and program.

In her 24-hour durational performance DIVINE JUSTICE, the poet, playwright, and astrologer, Ariana Reines has investigated the myths and scholarship around Medea, in order to stage a different kind of courtroom, one designed to mirror the inviolable and fundamentally uncriminal space inside each human being, no matter how vicious, no matter how abused. Disillusioned by failures of the American justice system, the artist asks what would happen if the planet Venus actually structured the American Judiciary, as it presides over Justice in the Zodiac. How would a justice system that truly answers to Venus, a planet of love and good fortune, be structured, how would wrongdoing be corrected, how would damage be addressed, how would victims be made whole? In DIVINE JUSTICE, Reines collapses trial and sentence, judge and jury, into light and sound– a single summer day of Venus tested, and time served.

*Content Notice
Please be advised, this event is structured around the Medea myth and contemporary events, and contains candid talk about sex, sexual violence, and gender. It is intended for an adult audience.

A 24-hour performance is also just an opportunity to literally spend a day with people, some of whom you’ll know, some who will be new to you. We want you to feel as physically comfortable as possible, and we are also inviting you to join the performers in going beyond what would ordinarily be comfortable. Seating is on a carpeted floor and chairs will also be available. Snacks, non-alcoholic beverages, and coffee, as well as breakfast, will be provided; there will also be breaks for food and physical refreshment. We recommend that you dress comfortably and bring with you:
⁠—A picnic basket/snack bag containing the foods and drinks you love.
—Meditation cushion, sheepskin, bolster, or pillow— a portable soft thing that helps your body feel held and comfortable.
—A toiletry bag containing your personal care essentials.

Jim Fletcher, “Jason”
Birgit Huppuch, “Medea”
Ariana Reines, “Chorus”
Yva Las Vegass as themself


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