Meet our Residents: Dana McKnight, Dessane Lopez Cassell, Jodi Lynn Maracle
August 9, 2019 @ 7:00 pm– 9:00 pm EDT
Friday, August 9th, 7pm
Free and open to the public
Join Squeaky Wheel for a chance to meet our Summer 2019 Workspace Residents and learn more about their past and ongoing projects in this evening of artist talks, covering artistic and curatorial approaches to labor & representation as they relate to people of color, anchored in the geography of the Dominican Republic; speculative black markets and underground communities in our cities east side; and investigations into past and present relationships of Haudenosaunee peoples to the land on which we’ve settled. A brief presentation before the artist talk will update you on how you can take part in the Workspace Residency.
Dana T McKnight is a black, queer, multimedia artist currently residing in Austin, TX. Blending formal studies in Cultural Anthropology (Long Island University, 2005) and Sculpture (Minerva Kunst Akademie, Groningen NL) her work lies in a plethora of medium splicing: speculative fiction, sculpture, installation, experimental sound and video, performance art, poetry and painting. At the core of Dana McKnight’s work lies a surrealist edge—the real world slowly picked apart through a lens tinted by magical realism and lived experience. Dana McKnight is a founder of Dreamland Art Gallery, an artist-run contemporary arts and performance space in Buffalo, NY, and a Co-Creator for RIQSE (Radical Inclusive Queer Sex Education). In 2016, she was selected as a Living Legacy Artist by the Burchfield Penney Art Center. She is hood-raised, but spent several years living in London, Kyoto, and Groningen (NL) and travels extensively.
Dessane Lopez Cassell is a curator, writer, and film programmer based in New York. She has held curatorial positions at the Studio Museum in Harlem, The Museum of Modern Art, and the Allen Memorial Art Museum. A former US Fulbright fellow, Cassell has organized curatorial projects and screenings for Flaherty NYC, Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM), MoMA Film, and the Allen. Her writing has been published and is forthcoming in catalogs issued by the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Studio Museum, MoMA, and Experiments in Cinema. Cassell has produced podcast and radio projects for Bay FM and Creative X (both South Africa), and Roskilde Festival (Denmark), and she is a 2019 Advisory Committee member at UnionDocs, in Brooklyn. Her research interests include experimental film, contemporary practices that draw upon the archival, and investigations of race, gender, and representation.
Born and raised in what is currently considered Buffalo, NY, Jodi Lynn Maracle is a Kanien’keha:ka mother, artist, teacher and language learner. Jodi utilizes Haudenosaunee material language and techniques, such as hand tanning deer hides, and corn husk twining, in conversation with sound scapes, projections, video, and performance to interrogate questions of place, power, erasure, story making, and responsibility to the land. She has shown her work throughout Dish With One Spoon Territory in site specific installation performances such as the Mush Hole Project at the defunct Mohawk Institute Residential School (home of the Woodland Cultural Centre) in Brantford, ON, as well as the Gardiner Museum in Toronto, ON, Artpark in Lewiston, NY, and Squeaky Wheel Film and Media Art Center, in Buffalo, NY. Her research as a PhD student at the University at Buffalo focuses on Haudenosaunee material culture, language, land and birth practices. Of her accomplishments, she is most proud to hear her son speak his Mohawk language each day.
This event is presented as part of Squeaky Wheel’s Workspace Residency. The Workspace Residency is a project-based residency for artists and researchers working in media arts. Open to applicants from Buffalo and across the U.S., the residency connects artists and researchers with resources, time, and studio space to support the creation of new work or to continue ongoing projects. The residency is offered twice a year: A two-week session that takes place in the month of March, and a three-week session that takes place in August. The residency is supported by generous support by the County of Erie and County Executive Mark Poloncarz, the National Endowment for the Arts, New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature, the Andy Warhol Foundation for Visual Arts, individual members, businesses, and supporters. More information about the residency, and how to apply, can be found here.