madison moore: Nightlife-in-Residence

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January 18–March 6

Upcoming Events: Saturday Session 1 Featuring Shaun J. Wright

January 22, 12–6pm*

512 West 19th Street
Set into Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon

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*During this event from 3–4 pm, join Shaun J. Wright and madison moore in conversation at the bar, in response to E. Patrick Johnson's 1998 essay "Feeling the Spirit in the Dark: Expanding Notions of the Sacred in the African-American Gay Community." This text is available for download HERE.

By way of their Nightlife-in-Residence, madison moore’s residency invites audiences to enter the imagination of a collectively crafted rave environment layered with video projections, fog, club lighting, DJ sets, and lectures that explore the significance of queer of color worldmaking, and the impetus to dance as a radical act of somatic pedagogy. Blurring the boundary between private and public space, there will be conversations and listening sessions with moore's extended nightlife community about the cultural, social, and political significance of the dance floor as a multivalent site. Each Saturday Session, a new DJ that madison has invited will engage histories old and new via Barnette’s bar as a queered architectural and conceptual framework, and on the dancefloor. moore's hope is to get everyone dancing, paying homage to the groundbreaking contributions of queer nightlife to performance practice. A study published in 2019 by professor of sociology Greggor Mattson cites a continued decline of LGBTQ+ bars across the United States between 2007 and 2019, with a disparate impact on those serving female-identified people and people of color. Presented for the first time in New York City on the heels of the 50th anniversary of the 1969 Stonewall uprising, Sadie Barnette’s on view The New Eagle Creek Saloon celebrates the history of queer Black space and resurrects its presence in a location in the city (Chelsea) where this legacy has been so instrumental to avant-garde art and performance.

Barnette and moore’s visions come into lyrical and urgent intersection across the installation (January 18–March 6), kicking off with a DJ set by Shaun J. Wright on January 22, Nita Aviance on February 5, and more to be announced, who will activate the space across four distinct Saturday Session. These Saturday Sessions will take place within Barnette's installation as sonic activations to bring life, energy, and joy into the space as the original iteration of the bar once did for San Francisco's community.

Hourly tickets will be available for each Saturday Session throughout moore's residency. Tickets for each subsequent Saturday Sessions will go on sale the Monday following the previous Session: January 24 for February 5; February 7 for February 19; and February 21 for March 5.

Sadie Barnette: The New Eagle Creek Saloon and madison moore: Nightlife-in-Residence are organized by Legacy Russell, Executive Director & Chief Curator, The Kitchen.


madison moore, Ph.D. (American Studies, Yale), is an artist-scholar, DJ and assistant professor of Queer Studies in the Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia. They are broadly invested in the aesthetic, sonic and spatial strategies queer and trans people of color use to both survive and thrive in the face of rolling catastrophe. His first book Fabulous: The Rise of the Beautiful Eccentric (New Haven: Yale University Press, 2018), offers a cultural analysis of fabulousness as a practice of resistance. Other articles have been published in venues including The Atlantic, Theater, and the Journal of Popular Music Studies. madison has performed internationally at a range of nightclubs, parties and art institutions, including the Perth Festival, Performance Space Sydney, the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, American Realness, Tate Britain, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. madison is currently writing a book titled Dance Mania: A Manifesto for Queer Nightlife. In Summer 2022, madison will be an artist-in-residence at the Santa Fe Art Institute.

Shaun J. Wright was born and raised in west suburban Chicagoland, and spent most of their teen years immersed in the sounds of house music. In the late 80’s and early ’90s, house music was a powerful force, permeating the mainstream airwaves of Chicago’s most prominent radio stations. With Wright being raised in the epicenter of house culture during this era, their love for dance music began to expand throughout their high school years as they partook in the underground dance scene now globally known as Juke. While an undergrad at Morehouse College in Atlanta, Wright developed his skills as a dancer in the vogue ballroom scene and professional dance companies. After acquiring an MA in Fashion Curation from the London College of Fashion, Wright enjoyed an active career in fashion in New York City. That is where they met Andrew Butler, founder of Hercules and Love Affair, in 2008, and began a whirlwind collaboration with the ensemble as a vocalist. Returning to Chicago in 2012 to forge their solo career, Wright began to collaborate with respected DJ and producer Alinka. Promptly after beginning their party Twirl in the spring of 2013, Wright & Alinka released their first EP, Twirl Vol. 1, on the celebrated Classic Music Company led by luminaries Luke Solomon and Derrick Carter. They continued to expand upon the brand in late 2014 with their Twirl Records debut release “Journey Into The Deep” EP which included remixes from Kim Ann Foxman and Stereogamous. The label’s output has received much critical acclaim and has been supported by DJ Mag, XLR8R, Mixmag, BBC Radio 1’s Heidi and Annie Mac, and a plethora of notable DJs.

madison moore: Nightlife-in-Residence is made possible with generous support from Bernard I. Lumpkin & Carmine D. Boccuzzi and Agnes Gund; annual grants from Open Society Foundations, Lambent Foundation Fund of Tides Foundation, Howard Gilman Foundation, Keith Haring Foundation, and The Fan Fox and Leslie R. Samuels Foundation; and in part by public funds from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

Season programming is made possible in part with support from The Kitchen’s Board of Directors and The Kitchen Leadership Fund. To learn more, click here.

Image: Photo courtesy of the artist.

Image Description: The image shows madison performing in a black box theater with a hot pink slide showing behind. madison stands at a mixer desk with wires and cables, two CDJs, a mixer, a laptop, and power strips. madison wears a “Janet Jackson” microphone.

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